John Strong, a mentor with SCORE who has more than 30 years experience as a small business owner, visits the Susanville Rotary Club last week to talk about the positive benefits of working with the nonprofit organization and to help advertise a series of free business workshops sponsored by SCORE, Plumas Bank and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce this month. Photo by Sam Williams

SCORE, Plumas Bank and Chamber of Commerce offer free classes for small business owners

Are you interested in learning about how to run a small business?

Those with that good entrepreneurial spirit who could benefit from a little advice from experienced business leaders can take advantage of a series of free classes for small business presented by the SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Plumas Bank and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce.

SCORE, known as the “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” is a nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services, business workshops and seminars. SCORE also is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

To sign up for the free classes, go to or call (844) 232-7227.

The first class — Learn the Basics for Starting a Business — will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Plumas Bank, 300 Riverside Drive in Susanville. This seminar is for anyone thinking of starting a new business or for those who have been in business for less than one year.

The second free class — Drive Business to You through Successful Digital Marketing — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Participants will learn techniques every successful business owner must use. This course will give you the basics to create a successful digital marketing campaign.

The third free class — Learn How to Use It — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. This class will cover how to drive clients to your business using social media.

John Strong, 71, a retired business owner with more than 30 years experience as an owner, and consultant visited the Susanville Rotary Club to talk about the upcoming seminars.

He said SCORE features about 11,000 volunteers in 300 chapters that offered assistance to 54,000 new businesses in 2016, creating nearly 29,000 non-owner jobs.

He said for every dollar spent by the SBA to help SCORE, $45 are returned to the community.

Strong said sometimes a perspective business owner decides not to open a new business after attending a SCORE seminar, and he said he considers that a success.

SCORE’s goal is to improve the number of small businesses that succeed after five years (currently only half survive). Strong said SCORE offers three kinds of assistance in an effort to improve business success — mentoring, seminars and workshops and online resources.

“I want to help,” Strong said.

He said the organization is ready and willing to help a small business owner through the entire lifespan of the business.

“Everybody who owns a small business needs to work with SCORE,” Strong said. “It’s such a valuable resource.

He said the organization has served 237,712 clients in 12,893 workshops.

For more information, call (844) 232-7227.