Guests:  Barry Patrie  (speaker)  (Laux),  Sadie Sindland  (Thrall)

Members We Missed:  Blair, Dunham, Hart, Murphy, Roma, Tyler, Whitney

Barry's presentation was on the SCORE organization, whose mission is "to grow successful small businesses across America, one business at a time."  SCORE is staffed by 13,000 volunteers in 350 chapters, 7 of which are in Maine.  Its business counseling services are free.  Barry is marketing coordinator of the Oxford Hills chapter, located at 2 Market Square in South Paris..  Members of the chapter cover a wide range of expertise, and assist not only early-stage entrepreneurs but also already-established small businesses looking to improve and expand.  Assistance includes mentoring, workshops and roundtables, and templates and tools including a "Small Business Resource Guide."  A frequent and important area of advice is how to prepare a business plan.   SCORE works in partnership with the both the Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Association.