1966-01-09 Koch, G Earl Chairman of Service Corp of Retired Executives
Mac-Arthur County, Readers? Views 'SCORE Won't Wreck Free Enterprise' TO THE EDITOR: After reading John Chamberlain's column of December 24, "The New Santa," we would like to make these comments. Mr. Chamberlain points out that some 2500 retired business executives 65 years and older are devoting time to giving advice advice to small business without being paid a fee for this service. Mr. Chamberlain is correct correct in the number of members of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). The membership is not limited to men of 65 years and older. In fact, many of our members members are much younger and semi-retired. semi-retired. semi-retired. Mr. Chamberlain's complaint Is that rendering this advisory service is competing with and robbing the small professional management consultants who have volunteered volunteered their services without compensation where the business is financially unable to engage these services. Our experience after one year's operation has Indicated that many businesses cannot afford the cost of initial consultation with the professionals. Indications are that the initial conference to determine the problems of the small businessman is $100. When an applicant contacts a SCORE counselor in the Small Business Administration Administration Office of the Federal Building, there is no charge for one or many contacts in the 90-day 90-day 90-day period. The $5 fee in the Cincinnati Cincinnati area for counseling at the ap plicant's place of business is simply to cover out-of-pocket out-of-pocket out-of-pocket out-of-pocket out-of-pocket expense for the SCORE member. Where the applicant's place of business is beyond the Cincinnati area, a charge of $10 is requested. Again, simply to cover out-of-pocket out-of-pocket out-of-pocket out-of-pocket out-of-pocket expense. We are quite sure that Mr. Chamberlain, had he known all the facts, would not be seriously concerned with SCORE wrecking the free enterprise system or taking livelihood livelihood away from the professionals. G. EARL KOCH, Chairman, Cincinnati Area Chapter Of SCORE, 550 Main St.