Thursday, 23 September 2021 13:21

Small Business Owners Honor Bill Edwards for Leading SCORE

By Jaynie Ellis | Business
Todd Shimkus, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce; Jim Sears, UPS; Pam Smith, Spoken Boutique; Patti Fortuna Stannard and Paul Stannard, Fortuna’s Sausage & Online Italian Market; Bill Edwards; Rita Cox, Cox Media Solutions; Janine Remarque, Frontier Adjusters; Robin and Bert Weber, Common Roots Brewery; and Joe Dalton, previously Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. Photo provided. Todd Shimkus, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce; Jim Sears, UPS; Pam Smith, Spoken Boutique; Patti Fortuna Stannard and Paul Stannard, Fortuna’s Sausage & Online Italian Market; Bill Edwards; Rita Cox, Cox Media Solutions; Janine Remarque, Frontier Adjusters; Robin and Bert Weber, Common Roots Brewery; and Joe Dalton, previously Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS ­— Small business owners and volunteers honored Bill Edwards at Longfellows for leading SCORE locally for 15 years, which helped launch more than a thousand businesses in Saratoga, Warren, Washington, and several adjacent counties. 

Bill’s retirement comes after a banner 2020. Using Zoom, his team of 30 mentors spent more than 6,000 hours and helped to start or expand 117 businesses, creating 236 new jobs. These businesses invested more than $4,000,000, more than half of which was raised from local and regional financial institutions which came to respect SCORE for introducing them to entrepreneurs who were well prepared to start or grow their businesses. 

While Bill has retired, he leaves a large team and processes which will continue to mentor start-ups and help operating small businesses prosper. For assistance, go to score.org, ask for a mentor, and answer a few simple questions. 

Read the full brief on Saratoga Business Report www.saratogabusinessreport.com.

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