Your Vision + Our Expertise = Your Business Success

SCORE volunteers are entrepreneurs with real world experience to share. We have helped over 10 million small business owners since 1964. 
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Free Mentoring

Whether you’re just starting out, in business, or ready to sell or retire, you can get FREE, confidential, business advice from expert advisors committed to helping you succeed. Meet face-to-face in one of our mentoring locations or connect with one of our online mentors.

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Workshops

Register today for low-cost  local business training. We provide online education on a variety of business topics including marketing, finance and accounting, management, and others. Get instruction from a local expert and connect with other business owners in the community.

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Free Resources

If you’re looking for free, local business templates, guides, blogs or other helpful tools, SCORE is your destination. Browse our resource library to get the latest in small business strategies and trends. Use the information you find in the library to grow your business knowledge.

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Roux Dat

Chad credits his mentor, Rich Hill, with providing extremely insightful, practical advice, not just in refining the business plan, but in advising on how to cost out supplies and i

Advice for Nonprofits

Tap into years of non-profit experience with your own SCORE mentoring team. Read more

A SCORE mentor and/or participation in a workshop will prepare you for an evaluation your credit worthiness.

New businesses seeking financing

SBDC can help secure financing if your existing business needs a cash infusion.

Existing business in need of cash infusion

A SCORE counselor can help improve profitability by increasing sales or improving operation.

Existing businesses with cash flow challenges

Help Make Dreams Come True - Become a SCORE Volunteer

Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.

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Our Mentors

Business Strategy & Planning
I can help mentor folks who are trying to start a variety of different kinds of businesses. I've worked in Corporate... Read More >
Business Finance & Accounting
I can help the entrepreneur develop a business plan,compare multiple potential business ideas, help a business in... Read More >
Business Finance & Accounting
Financial Services  Executive with 28 years of experience in retail, private and business banking. Proven at... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
In managing my own small retail business, I needed to be aware of all the various aspects of making it a success. ... Read More >
Business Finance & Accounting
Currently a Real Estate Broker with previous experience founding, owning and operating a Computer IT company, Sales... Read More >
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Rich Petrowich has 40 years of small business management experience. He has created successful and sustainable sales... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
30+ years of experience as entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and small business owner specializing in retail, service,... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
John Yost, the founder and owner of ProCompass Management services, has been helping companies and individuals... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
Seasoned Sales and Marketing executive with 30+ years of experience. Strong sales training and development skills... Read More >
Business Finance & Accounting
More than 35 years of public sector experience, more than twenty of which in executive management positions. Focus... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
Al Carman gained much of his business experience in the Residential Real Estate field, first as an award-winning... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
Steve Spence started and grew his heavy equipment rental and trucking business to become a dominant player in the... Read More >
Business Finance & Accounting
David Harken has spent 34 years in various financial and managerial positions in the advertising industry. David... Read More >
Manufacturing & Product Development
Joey Tuttle is a research and development executive with superb ability to find innovative solutions to complex... Read More >
Business Strategy & Planning
Karen Calcagno is a serial entrepreneur who has founded, operated, and profitably sold a number of businesses in... Read More >