Livermore Chamber Partners with SCORE Counselors

A new partnership program provides free and low-cost resources to business owners and those wanting to start a business.

The has partnered with the East Bay SCORE, which is a powerful resource for business owners who want to succeed.

Two counselors are on the team, Joe Morgan and Jesse Chou.

Morgan spent nearly 40 years in GE management roles, developing and managing the business serving nuclear power plants around the world. Chou has served a number of companies as "corporate technology officer" and now is working in the developing world of social media and mobile phone applications.

The two have teamed up to serve Livermore's business community. They represent SCORE's East Bay chapter, which is headquartered in Oakland. East Bay SCORE has about 45 counselors, each assigned to one of the East Bay's Chambers of Commerce and other venues.

Entrepreneurs who seek to turn their business dreams into a reality understand that information and effective planning is the road map to success. In these volatile times in which business conditions are in a state of flux, the pathway to success can be very confusing. Starting a new business or expanding an existing business has significant risks and can be time consuming and overwhelming.

So the question becomes, "Why not ask for directions to your road to success?" Learning from experienced professionals is a smart way to reduce risk, but the cost of seeking support can be high. With the partnership between the Chamber and SCORE, the payback from using a SCORE counselor can be huge. The best part? SCORE counseling services are free.

Morgan and Chou meet with people who want to start a business or local businesses looking to make changes. They meet at the Livermore chamber office at 2157 First St. For an appointment, call the chamber at 925-447-1606.


SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides free one-on-one counseling, low-cost workshops and online business advice to business owners and potential startups on strategy planning, business plans, marketing, sales, operations management, and finance. SCORE'S business professionals have knowledge and experience from owning their own businesses or their work in managing Fortune 500 companies.

SCORE, a nonprofit association, was founded in 1964. More than 8.5 million entrepreneurs have been counseled by SCORE or attended SCORE workshops.

Larry Tessler April 08, 2011 at 02:16 PM
I know Joe Morgan personally as a fellow SCORE counselor. This man has done a fantastic job as a coordinating ambassador for SCORE all over the East Bay. You folks in Livermore are lucky to have him and Jesse Chou as business resources.
Thomas Petty April 08, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Thanks Larry, I appreciate it!


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