Category: Library News
Created: Monday, 23 March 2015 17:27
SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, is a volunteer organization of businesspeople that offers free confidential counseling to small business entrepreneurs. The Alton/Godfrey SCORE Chapter 423 serves seven counties of the Riverbend area and has helped many local businesspeople achieve success in planning and operating their own business ventures. For more information, log on to the SCORE website at www.swillinois.score.org or call 618-467-2280.
The Hayner Public Library District and SCORE have partnered through the years to develop resources and programs supporting our communities’ small business development.
SCORE also has provided generous funding to The Hayner Public Library District, contributing to the development of a premier small-business reference collection. You can find the collection in the Reference Department of the library at Alton Square Mall.
In February 2015, SCORE again made a significant contribution to Hayner’s small-business reference collection in memory of the late Andy Batchelor. Andy was a member of SCORE from 2003 until 2011. He was a self-employed business owner for thirty years with multiple businesses across Southern Illinois, including Andy’s Auto Body in Alton. As a SCORE counselor, his areas of expertise included business/finance, acquisition/liquidation, business start-ups, training, management, consulting, and retail trade. Andy did a tremendous amount of both cyber counseling and face-to-face counseling. In 2006, Andy accounted for over 25 percent of the total face-to-face counseling conducted by the entire SCORE Chapter 423. Andy never refused to take a case when asked; and his successful experiences of owning, managing, buying, and selling businesses made him an invaluable counselor and a highly respected member of the business community.
On behalf of SCORE, Southwestern Illinois, Chapter 423, Alton-Godfrey, the following titles have been added to the small-business collection of The Hayner Public Library District: