"My name is Ike Lichtenstein I am Deputy Director for Client Services for South Lee County at SCORE – Naples
The SCORE Naples Chapter is a 501 3C Nonprofit organization with 65 (projecting to be 75) volunteer counselors dedicated to executing our mission; which is to provide high value-add free business counseling expertise, educational programs (at minimal cost) and resources to assist emerging and existing small businesses to drive economic diversity and growth in Collier & South Lee Counties.
For a mission like this to succeed, we need a lot of support and not just financial support. We need a community wide will to accomplish what others say can’t be accomplish but we who work in Bonita Springs will say can be done. People drive an economy though their creativity and working hard to reach their potential. However, economic potential is limited by lack of education and a lack of plain old business mentoring. Potential is further limited by a lack of leadership and the political will to do what needs to be done.
As undergraduate student my finance professors drilled into my head that the only things that will turn around a downturned economy will be things that build confidence in the consumers and the business owners.
In The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham sums up his investment philosophy by saying that an intelligent investor must be "businesslike" in approach. Investing in shares in a company is just like owning a share in a business enterprise and the investment must be approached as if one were buying a business or a partnership in one.
Graham encourages investors to properly research their investments and, if they believe their investment judgment to be sound, to act on it. He cautions investors in this position against listening to others.
"You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right [or wrong] because your data and reasoning are right [or wrong]."
The SCORE consulting process causes clients to gather their data, present it in a meaningful way, and begin to rely on sound business principles and judgment.
Quote from Colin Powell - Confidence from Leadership
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership!"
In order to accomplish this mission, our SCORE Naples Chapter will collaborate with the City of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center of FGCU, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council, Florida Gulf Bank, BankUnited, and Fifth Third Bank, to establish a formal presence to offer business counseling as well as workshops at several locations within the Bonita Springs and Estero business community that support job creation and retention initiatives. The initial focus in of this program will be to deliver business counseling and related services in the Old 41 re-development area.
Offering free business Counseling services at a minimum Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9 AM to Noon at the Liles hotel location in one of the Art Cottages to ensure client privacy or alternatively the 2nd floor Liles conference room. As soon as their sufficient demand we will expand to facilities at Florida Gulf Bank and BankUnited.
On behalf of all of our counselors at SCORE (25 of who live in the Bonita Springs area) bring us your business problems and ideas because for over 20 years our counselors have shown we care and have the business experience, knowledge and judgment to make a difference." Call 239 - 430-0081 email: firstname.lastname@example.org