Free business mentoring available to small businesses, entrepreneurs

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PORT ANGELES — Free, confidential business counseling and mentoring services are available from three certified SCORE counselors based with the Clallam County Economic Development Council.

SCORE is a 50-year-old national nonprofit organization that partners with the Small Business Administration to aid small businesses in getting off the ground, growing and achieving their goals through education and mentorship.

The three Clallam SCORE counselors — Mark Hannah, Mike McCarty and Charles Lamb — have decades of broad, bottom-line business experience.

They were individually honored recently with the Clallam EDC's Olympic Leader award for 2012.

The award recognizes a business or business leader who has had a significant impact on the economic growth and stability of Clallam County.

Lamb and Hannah will present a free small-business “foundational footwork” seminar at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

The two SCORE counselors will offer tools and resources on everything from assessing your business idea — including customers, competition, location and financing – to the brass tacks of legal business structure; necessary licenses; getting insurance; preparing for county, state and federal tax payments; and strategic marketing plans.

For more information or to make an appointment with a SCORE counselor, phone the Clallam EDC at 360-457-7793.

Angelo Spandrio

In addition to the SCORE counselors, Angelo Spandrio in Sequim is offering business mentoring to solo entrepreneurs and other small-business owners, including those who are home-based.

His services are also free.

Spandrio has spent more than 30 years as a successful “solopreneur” in the world of electronics, import and export and related fields.

Spandrio wants to "give back" and "help entrepreneurs overcome the obstacles that may be holding them back from achieving successful operations.”

He can consult on the day-to-day operations of a small business — from start-up to licensing and permits, from pricing, billing, accounting and collections to taxes, banking, importing/exporting, customer service and other areas.

For more information, phone Spandrio between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 360-504-2520, click on or email

Last modified: March 09. 2013 5:42PM
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