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SCORE's Fast Start workshop

I wrote about SCORE's Fast Startseminar (taking place today and Saturday) in Monday's paper (A sort of two-day small business MBA).

Many small business owners discover after the doors open that they don't know everything they need to know to run a successful business.

And many of those hopeful newcomers close their doors because of that lack of knowledge.

"It is really tragic," said Paul Olander, a volunteer with Rochester chapter of Score.

Score is a national organization made up of retired business men and women who have been in the trenches and have learned lessons the hard way.

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Score, in Rochester and elsewhere, offers dozens of workshops each year to help small business owners or people who would like to open a business. Over the years, the Rochester group has come to recommend a core of six basic classes for anyone thinking of starting a business.

It might take months to take all six two-hour classes, and sometimes scheduling is difficult for prospective entrepreneurs. So the Rochester Score group is trying something new and offering those core six classes in a two-day business success seminar -- appropriately called Fast Start.

"So they can learn everything we know in two days. Sort of a two-day MBA," said Score President Chuck Canfield -- with a laugh.

This is a quick followup. Paul Olander wrote to me Thursday to say 26 people were registered to participate.

That sounds good. I don't like writing about small businesses not making it. I think these guys have some knowledge and insight that can help a small business be successful. Hopefully, this seminar will cut down on the closure stories I do.

I do the births of businesses and the obituaries of businesses. I think they are more interesting when they have long lives.

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