Employees and retirees mentor entrepreneurs

By Polly O’Brien Morrow

For many years, the Pitney Bowes Foundation has supported SCORE, a national organization dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses. Our relationship with the SCORE Fairfield County chapter is impressive, especially given that numerous Pitney Bowes retirees have been involved in their work to provides top quality business mentoring and education to all, irrespective of ethnicity, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Last year, they provided more than 4,500 client mentoring sessions and produced 180 education and workshop programs with more than 5,000 attendees.

Bart Casabona, Director, Social Media, Web Marketing and Creative Services, represented Pitney Bowes at a SCORE workshop on creating social media footprints. “I thoroughly enjoy supporting and participating in PB-sponsored SCORE events. Small businesses are the backbone of commerce and the producers of extraordinary innovation. Through our involvement with SCORE, we’re able to further demonstrate our company’s 100-year commitment to helping support their success. I look forward to participating again.”

Currently, three retired Pitney Bowes executives volunteer their time with SCORE:

Brian Baxendale was with PB for 34 years, first in the UK, then with PB’s Europe, Africa and Middle East (based in the UK) and retiring in the US in 2005 as President, Document Messaging Systems. Brian started volunteering with SCORE Fairfield County, following Kirk Jewett, Hiro Hiranandani and John Moody. Brian says “Helping people through the challenges of starting a business from scratch and watching them grow is impressive and rewarding. The entrepreneurial spirit, the intense belief and the hard craft these clients show leaves me awed.”.

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Hiro Hiranandani retired from Pitney Bowes in 1997 as President of Worldwide Mailing Systems. He started volunteering for SCORE in 2001 by providing one-on-one mentoring and conducting numerous workshops on “Business Planning” to help local businesses grow. Hiro currently focuses on raising funds for SCORE to enable them to provide their services at no cost.

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Susan Abrams retired from Pitney Bowes as Senior Business Analyst and has been volunteering with SCORE for almost 8 years. She mentors clients who are either starting up or have existing businesses. As Susan counsels clients, she learns about various businesses. Susan also helps new mentors by having them observe her client meetings. Susan is also part of the education committee which runs about 150 workshops each year throughout Fairfield County and including women-focused workshops and networking sessions.

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