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GET FREE BUSINESS ADVICE From Experienced Mentors

 

Mentors can:

  • Provide expertise & practical "know-how"
  • Help you optimize your business plans
  • Troubleshoot new strategies & ideas
  • Offer you proven business tools
  • Become your trusted small business advisor
  • And more!

Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video.

 
2020 SCORE Mentoring Statistics

THE NEXT SUCCESS COULD BE YOURS!

In 2020, SCORE mentors helped start 45,027 businesses, create 74,535 non-owner new jobs and 119,562 total new jobs. 

MENTORING WORKS!

Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.

SCORE mentoring is a free service offered to any citizen or permanent resident that owns or wants to start a business. Partnering with you one-on-one, SCORE mentors support your success through offering experienced advice, consulting on best practices, and educating on small business topics.
SCORE mentors bring years of business experience, many of them successful small business owners themselves. Mentors volunteer through SCORE to help other entrepreneurs like you, by sharing their real-world experience and bona fide knowledge in running successful small businesses. SCORE mentors also provide practical tools and resources to make some owner tasks easier.
SCORE mentors will not make decisions for you or complete important ownership tasks on your behalf. They also cannot provide tax or legal advice. However, SCORE mentors can provide clear guidance on what your options are so you can confidently make decisions and take positive action toward your own success.
SCORE mentoring sessions are collaborative meetings between the small business owner and the SCORE mentor. During these sessions, you can share your business goals, progress, challenges and questions. SCORE mentors will offer advice, resources, and insights so you gain clarity on your next best steps.
A SCORE mentoring relationship lasts as long as you need it. That can mean it is a few meaningful sessions to achieve a specific goal or overcome a particular challenge. Or, it can be a SCORE mentoring relationship lasts for years, when you always have a trusted advisor for the life of your small business.

5 Simple Steps to SCORE Mentoring:

Step 1 - Identify your business question

Identify your small business needs and desired support.

Step 2 - Search for a mentor, or let your local chapter pair you with a mentor

Request a SCORE Mentor as your advisor to small business success.

Step 3 - Step 3 - Submit a mentoring request to share your business question with an expert.

Schedule a mentoring session with your assigned SCORE mentor

Step 4 - Start working on your business goals with help from your mentor.

Set goals for your small business with guidance from your SCORE mentor.

Step 5 - Continue working with your mentor throughout the life of your business.

Work with your SCORE mentor through the life of your business.

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WHY CHOOSE SCORE?

  • SCORE provides confidential business advice through our network of 10,000 volunteer business experts.
  • Since SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), our mentoring services are free, regardless of the number of times you visit a mentor.
  • You can meet with one or several mentors via email, video, phone or online chat.
  • Our mentors are experienced in all aspects and stages of business development, whether you’re thinking of starting a business or growing your existing company.

 

Entrepreneurs Succeed with SCORE Mentors

What is better than one very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneur working to make a business highly successful? How about two very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneurs working on your business ownership goals? That is what SCORE offers to all small business owners: mentors who work alongside entrepreneurs to realize their small business ownership dreams.

See how SCORE mentors have made a difference for other small business owners like you.

Lulyboo

Lulyboo

Pazit Pen-Ezri takes a new product prototype to full distribution in 300 Babies R Us stores and on Amazon.com with the support of a SCORE mentor.

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Home Base Spirits

Home Base Spirits

Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis craft a successful startup business in the craft spirits industry.

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Teatopia

Teatopia

Reginald Quarles expands his tea shop and catches the eye of local media as his business grows.

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Friends Interpreting Services LLC

Friends Interpreting Services LLC

Alice Anne Friends lands General Services Administration (GSA) vendor certification to provide ASL services to federal agencies.

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Corning Opera House Cultural Center

Corning Opera House Cultural Center

De Heaton connects her community to the arts and to each other.

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Vermont Tortilla Company

Vermont Tortilla Company

April & Azur Moulaert focus on what they know & create a local organic tortilla company that is making it big in the culinary world.

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