SCORE History

Small business success across America is SCORE's mission. Since 1964, SCORE volunteers have donated their expertise in more than 600 skill areas to aid entrepreneurs.

More than 9 million entrepreneurs have been mentored by SCORE or attended SCORE workshops. With 364 offices for face-to-face mentoring and Ask SCORE for online advice, SCORE serves the needs of today's entrepreneurs.

SCORE mentors entrepreneurs through one-to-one business advising sessions on a full range of business topics. In the 1970s, when SCORE chapters were formed, SCORE expanded its services to offer workshops and seminars on a variety of business issues. In 1996, SCORE ventured online and began providing small business advice via email to meet the entrepreneur’s need to have service on an around-the-clock basis.

Milestones in SCORE History

  • 2011—SCORE launches new web site that takes business mentoring to the next level.
  • 2011—SCORE launches 'Veteran Fast Launch' program in support of White House 'Joining Forces' Initiative.
  • 2011—SCORE serves 9 millionth client.
  • 2010—SCORE honors Ken Yancey CEO of SCORE with first-ever small business corporate support award.
  • 2010—SCORE forms new broadband consortium to help small businesses adopt broadband.
  • 2009—SCORE celebrates 45 years of volunteer service to America's entrepreneurs.
  • 2009—SCORE women's success blog wins 2009 Interactive media Award for Outstanding Achievement.
  • 2008—SCORE serves 8 millionth client.
  • 2008—SCORE adds online resources for women, minorities, manufacturers, military veterans, baby boomers, young entrepreneurs and rural entrepreneurs.
  • 2007—SCORE launches new version of Ask SCORE online counseling.
  • 2007—SCORE adds free online workshops to the SCORE Web site.
  • 2006—SCORE wins prestigious Interactive Media Awards Outstanding Achievement Award.
  • 2006—SCORE serves 7.5 millionth client.
  • 2005—SCORE wins prestigious Webby Worthy Award for Web site excellence
  • 2005—SCORE serves its 7 millionth client.
  • 2004—SCORE receives an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives for the positive impact SCORE counseling has on American society.
  • 2004—SCORE celebrate its 40th anniversary at a White House event.
  • 2003—SCORE receives the inaugural USA Freedom Corps Award for exemplary volunteer service, presented by SBA Administrator Hector Barreto.
  • 2003—The SCORE Small Business Web Site wins the Standards of Excellence Award from the Web Marketing Association.
  • 2003—SCORE re-launches the SCORE Small Business Web Site and records record high email counseling volume.
  • 2002—SCORE email counseling volume increases 39 percent to more than 90,000 email counseling sessions.
  • 2002—SCORE holds its first annual SCORE Chapter Chair Orientation to orient and train volunteers for SCORE chapter management roles.
  • 2001—SCORE’s popular How to Really Start Your Own Business workbook reaches more than 300,000 entrepreneurs.
  • 2001—SCORE counselors donate more than 1 million hours of service to the small business community in 2001.
  • 2000—SCORE honors Herbert M. Ausderau with The Walter Channing Award for his volunteer service. Ausderau is the second recipient; he is honored for his long-term board service, audit committee service and prolific face-to-face and email counseling.
  • 2000—SCORE holds its first annual SCORE District Directors Conference to train volunteers for senior leadership roles in SCORE.
  • 2000—John H. Titley of Ashland, Oregon bequests $250,000, which establishes The SCORE Foundation. Titley was a past president of SCORE.
  • October 1, 2000—SCORE restructures the organization to a governing board of directors and an operating management team of district directors.
  • 1999—SCORE welcomes 700th member to email counseling team.
  • 1999—SCORE forms national alliance with the The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in support of SCORE’s mission.
  • 1999—SCORE celebrates its 35th Anniversary in the Indian Treaty Room of the Old Executive Office Building, The White House.
  • 1998—SCORE’s email counseling via the Web now represents 12 percent of all SCORE counseling.
  • 1997—SCORE forms a national alliance with Visa U.S.A. to bring financial management and how to start a business workbooks to small businesses.
  • 1997—SCORE launches the national SCORE Small Business Web Site; within months of launch, the site receives top reviews from USA Today Online, Entrepreneur magazine Online and the American City Business Journals.
  • 1997—SCORE is honored for small business counseling service to 3.5 million Americans.
  • 1996—SCORE establishes The Walter Channing Award, the highest award for volunteer service within SCORE. Named after SCORE’s founding President and President Emeritus Walter H. Channing. Channing is the first recipient of the award.
  • 1996—SCORE begins to offer email counseling advice service.
  • 1994—SCORE celebrates 30 years of volunteer service.
  • 1989—SCORE marks 25 years of small business service.
  • 1978—SCORE is honored for small business counseling service to 2 million Americans.
  • 1975—SCORE was formally incorporated into a nonprofit association.
  • 1970—Walter H. Channing of Detroit, Michigan, serves as the first president of SCORE.
  • October 5, 1964—SBA Administrator Eugene P. Foley officially launched SCORE as a national volunteer group with 2,000 members, uniting independent efforts into a national force.
  • 1963—More than 50 independent groups across the country were providing low-cost or no-cost business counseling.
  • 1953—Maurice du Pont Lee of Wilmington, Delaware gathered a small group and formed a consulting and advisory service for small businesses.
  • 1953—The Small Business Act was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created. The law said the federal government “should aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business.” Counseling small business in management practices was written into law.