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SLO SCORE announces 2016 officers 

Left to right: Scott Hillis, Carol Kerwin, Bob Kerwin, Bob Azevedo. Courtesy photo.

Left to right: Scott Hillis, Carol Kerwin, Bob Kerwin, Bob Azevedo. Courtesy photo.

All-volunteer organization helps small businesses succeed

–SLO SCORE, the San Luis Obispo County Chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has announced its officer team for 2016. SCORE, a national organization, is a source of free and confidential business services and is affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Bob Kerwin will serve as the chairman. His wife, Carol Kerwin, has been named the vice chair. Both come from engineering careers and co-owned a printing company for 13 years.

Scott Hillis will serve as the secretary and has more than three decades of professional experience in inventory control and facilities management.

Bob Azevedo was named the treasurer, and has three decades in accounting and business management.

The nonprofit is celebrating 32 years of mentoring small businesses on the Central Coast.

Counselors are business owners and executives, both retired and actively working, who share real world expertise on a long list of topics that includes financing, accounting, marketing and human resources. The organization provides individual client mentoring and offers workshop sessions on starting a business, business planning, operations and marketing. All services are free to clients.

The organizations’s all-volunteer team of mentors have provided service to local powerhouse businesses including Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream, San Luis Sourdough, Tech Express, Advantage Answering Service and The House of Bread.

It began operations in San Luis Obispo in 1984 and has since expanded countywide and into Santa Maria. In its three decades of service, more than 85 volunteers have mentored a total of 7,500 Central Coast individuals and businesses.

The organization has 25 members and is led by an eight member executive board. Most of the present members have been with the team for five or more years, with several dedicating more than twenty years to the chapter.

In addition to workshops and counseling, the group offers numerous printed materials on starting and running a business, including a guide to starting a business in SLO County. The organization works closely with the San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corporation and Mission Community Services Corporation.

For more information, visit or call (805) 547-0779.

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