On July 1, 2020, the City and County of Honolulu decided to form a new Office of Economic Revitalization (OER). This office was to help the local economy get through the COVID 19 crisis. When Donald Fukumoto, SCORE Hawaii Chapter 159, read this article in the June 2020 local newspaper, he thought this would be a good avenue to spread SCORE services to the business community.
"I started to correspond with OER and told them of our services. They classified SCORE Hawaii as Business Educators (BE) as well as other local organizations providing the same services. OER asked what compensation fees would be associated for the various BE services. Some responded and quoted some fees but SCORE Hawaii replied "no fees."
OER started to post SCORE Hawaii webinars in their weekly newsletter. Eventually, OER started to post SCORE National webinars in addition to our local webinars. In July's 2021 newsletter, OER posted 8 webinars and four of those webinars were SCORE's National Webinars. The National webinars were July 15, 22, 27, 29 shown on the OER website.
The City and County of Honolulu newsletter posted 2 more National SCORE webinars for August. They were distributed via email newsletter:
- August 3 - Making the Leap To Entrepreneurship-Is The Right Time Now?
- August 5 - Home-Based Business Ownership - Is It the Next Step in your Career?
Their newsletter comes out once a week and their distribution is about 5,000 businesses in Honolulu which covers the entire island of Oahu.
The purpose for mentioning what I did was to perhaps encourage other chapters to do the same.
By having SCORE National webinars included in our "SCORE Hawaii" website (One SCORE concept), it made it easy for the City and County of Honolulu to extract National webinars and place them in their newsletter. This reached more local businesses to help foster and accomplish their goals as Entrepreneurs.
The One SCORE concept and developing a good relationship with the local government helped SCORE Hawaii accomplish its mission."
Donald Fukumoto - SCORE Hawaii
Engage Facilitator, Volunteer Intake Coordinator, and Chapter Treasurer