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SCORE Canton supports nonprofit leaders and small business owners in our community by providing business advice, counseling, educational courses, webinars and workshops at no cost.
Recognizing the impact of nonprofits on our area’s economic vitality and community, SCORE offers services specifically designed to guide leaders along their business journeys, strengthen their finances and sustain their operations.
On both a national and local level, SCORE provides resources covering a wide variety of business-related topics. Along with these educational opportunities, organizations also have access to local, retired business professionals who volunteer their time as SCORE business counselors and provide expertise throughout Stark, Carroll, Holmes, Tuscarawas and Harrison counties.
This valuable assistance would otherwise not be possible for many organizations due to the expensive consultant fees that accompany most business counseling agencies.
Recently, SCORE assisted Power of the Pen, a 35-year-old organization that uses competition to nurture students’ writing skills in more than 300 middle schools throughout Ohio.
After the passing of its founder and previous leader, Power of the Pen faced a complicated financial situation and needed an updated and improved strategic business plan. SCORE assembled a team — Vera Burton, John Dilworth, Dick Evans, Rich Geib and Mike Johnson — who led Power of the Pen’s executive director and board members through a series of workshop-style planning sessions.
With its recommendations and action items, the resulting strategic plan quickly helped the organization gain a stronger footing and secured its future impact on the lives of youth.
“Power of the Pen’s board worked with Canton SCORE to focus our business plan on strategies to achieve financial stability while reaching more young writers,” said Barb Tschantz, executive director of Power of the Pen. “Using the business plan as a blueprint, we were able to grow the number of participating schools throughout Ohio by 18% in 2021-2022 over the previous year. Power of the Pen students are developing critical writing skills that will serve them through their lives .”
More information about SCORE’s services and offerings can be found at www.canton.score.org.
Stark Community Foundation helps individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits achieve their philanthropic goals through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. Ranked in the top 10% of community foundations in the country, the Foundation and its family of donors have granted $215 million to nonprofits since 1963. For more details, go to: www.starkcf.org.