SCORE chairman to speak at Cassville Chamber luncheon

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its second quarterly luncheon of 2011 at the Barry County Museum, located on Highway 112 south of Cassville, on Tuesday, June 14. The event is scheduled to begin at noon.

Bill McNeill, chairman of the Springfield Chapter of SCORE, will serve as the guest speaker for the luncheon. He will discuss some of the advantages that SCORE offers business communities.

"SCORE of Springfield has several different services that our business community should take the time to utilize," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "Whether it be taking advantage of their business counseling services or attending a workshop, they are here to help."

McNeill, who retired from Dow Chemical Company, has 32 years of experience in business management, including marketing and sales management, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions integration. He has held a variety of sales and marketing leadership positions.

According to the Springfield SCORE webpage, the mission of the organization is "to provide resources and expertises to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses."

The organization works to strengthen small businesses and local communities by providing mentors to help business owners and entrepreneurs solve problems and create companies and jobs.

"The luncheon will be a great opportunity for our membership to become educated on services that can help them expand their business and make them even more successful," said Artherton.

The Springfield Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1974. Today, the chapter has over 30 volunteers, who are available to evaluate business plans and help create ideas to stimulate business growth and long-term development.

The SCORE organization includes 389 chapters and over 13,000 volunteers. For more information, visit the SCORE website at

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's "The Chamber: Today and Beyond" program is designed to showcase contributions made to the local community by area businesses, industries and organizations.

Community members who attend the luncheon will enjoy a lunch catered by Geraldi's. The quarterly luncheon event will cost $8 per person.

To register for the event, call Artherton at 847-2814 or e-mail her at The registration deadline is Friday, June 10.

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