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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 12:13 pm

Tim Lipp, Certified Mentor from SCORE, was the featured speaker at the Chamber’s monthly networking breakfast at the Dempsey Holder Center on Aug. 22 at 7:15 a.m. SCORE, formerly known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, now simply goes by SCORE and no longer uses the longer title.

Valerie Acevez, the Imperial Beach Chamber president, kicked off the meeting and after some brief remarks she welcomed Tim Lipp to the podium.

Lipp explained that SCORE is a non-profit organization that partners with the Small Business Administration to provide free coaching, consultation and advice to small business owners and people who are interested in starting their own small businesses.

The San Diego chapter of SCORE was founded in 1966 and its members are current and retired business owners and executives who specialize in a variety of business skills. The San Diego chapter was recognized as the SCORE chapter of the year in 2009. There are 389 other SCORE chapters across the United States.

As a certified SCORE mentor, Lipp provides one on one coaching and will occasionally lead workshops that focus on specific areas of interest to small businesses. Lipp’s specific area of expertise is in manufacturing and operations. SCORE mentors will meet with clients offsite and onsite as well as offering assistance over the telephone. There is a never a charge for mentoring services, but they do have a small fee for their workshops.

Lipp emphasized that all mentoring is strictly confidential and mentors are prohibited from having any financial interest in the business or serving in an official capacity.

SCORE is always looking for volunteers to be mentors or help out in other ways. Becoming a mentor requires having specific expertise and then undergoing an interview and participation in various workshops. Gaining additional experience as a co-mentor is required before a prospective mentor can be fully certified.

Visit SCORE’s website at for more information on how to get help from a mentor, participate in one of their workshops or become a volunteer

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