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Small Business Success Starts Here

SCORE can help you start, grow or successfully exit a business. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth. Enter your ZIP code to find a free SCORE business mentor today.

Are you interested in becoming a SCORE mentor?

As we celebrate our amazing volunteers this month, it is also an ideal time to think about how you can give back. If you’d like to become a SCORE mentor, we’d love to have you.

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Small Businesses
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Small Businesses
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Total Jobs
Created in 2023

Total Jobs
Created in 2023

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Total Mentoring
Sessions in 2023

Total Mentoring
Sessions in 2023

Neil Maser, Urban Werks Founder/Owner; Jim Frey, SCORE Mentor; and Steve Smith, Urban Werks Operations Manager.
Featured Success Story
Urban Werks

"I left my first session with a SCORE mentor with a completely new perspective and insight into my business. We've been heading in the right direction ever since. I strongly recommend any aspiring entrepreneur or established business take advantage of the one-of-a-kind resource that is SCORE." Neil Maser, Founder & Owner of Urban Werks

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Featured Mentor
James V Frey

Engage with SCORE Mentor James V. Frey, who brings firsthand experience from owning four successful small businesses. James combines real-world insights in sales, marketing, operations, and financials to mentor up-and-coming entrepreneurs. "As the hands-on owner of four successful small businesses, I can provide real-world guidance and experiences for improving results in sales/marketing, operating processes, and financials." -SCORE Mentor James V Frey

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Join Us for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit

April 30 - May 1, 2024

Access valuable federal resources, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. This 2-day, informative event includes recognition for small businesses nationwide, educational sessions, networking opportunities, one-on-one mentoring sessions, online business resources and exciting speakers.

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Workshops and Events

Live Webinars

SCORE hosts free, LIVE webinars on small business tips and strategies. See the list of upcoming events.

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Local Workshops

Find low or no-cost business training in your community to help start or grow your small business.

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Recorded Webinars

Did you miss a live webinar? They are available to watch on-demand at your convenience.

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Online Courses

SCORE's on-demand courses allow you to learn about various small business topics at your own pace.

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Why I’m a Mentor

Use These Free Templates & Resources to Reach Your Business Goals

Leverage these free templates and resources to propel your business toward success, while complementing your journey with the guidance of a SCORE Mentor, ensuring a well-rounded strategy for achieving your business goals. With the right tools and expert guidance, your business can thrive and reach new heights.

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SCORE for All

SCORE for All is the bridge that makes the journey to success more direct and sure-footed for entrepreneurs who need more support.

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Personal Financial Statement Template
A personal financial statement (PFS) is a snapshot of your financial position at a specific time. It lists your assets (what you own), liabilities (what you owe), and net worth. A PFS is essential for entrepreneurs looking to buy a business, get a loan, rent an office or storefront and more.
The 6 C's of Business Credit
Master business financing with the "Six C’s" of credit! Discover how lenders assess your application and boost your approval chances.
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Understanding Financial Statements: The Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement
Discover essential financial statements for small business success: balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. Learn why they matter, how to understand them, and their role in financial decision-making and business health assessment.
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Benefits of Volunteering with SCORE as a Business Mentor
Use your business experience and skills to help small business owners and entrepreneurs in your communities start-up, grow and succeed.
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7 Unexpected Benefits of Being a SCORE Volunteer
In honor of National Volunteer Month, we’re proud to feature a blog from one of our dedicated SCORE volunteers, Jeanne Rossomme.
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11 Ways to Grow a Business Through Volunteer Work
From building camaraderie to inspiring word-of-mouth referrals, there are several ways that volunteering can help grow your business. 
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Volunteers Drive SCORE’s Mission of Shaping Small Business Success
In April, we celebrate National Volunteer Month to recognize the dedication of volunteers in all varieties of service, including our SCORE mentors.
Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery

Download our easy-to-use business planning, finance, sales, marketing, and management templates to help you plan for a new business or grow your existing business.

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The Startup Roadmap: Your Guide to Successfully Starting a Business

The Startup Roadmap outlines each step in starting a business with detailed information and resources. And with SCORE, you don’t have to do it alone.

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Get Business Advice Now. Chat Live With a Mentor.

Have a quick business question and need it right away? You can use our online chat to connect 1:1 with a mentor. Simply click on the chat bubble that appears on the bottom of every page. Chat mentors are available:

Mon & Wed 9 am - 5 pm ET. 

Tues & Thurs 2 - 5 pm ET.

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Featured Chat Mentor
Cynthia Rhodes, SCORE Business Mentor

"Donating my experience, time and talent in business development and strategic process management to SCORE as a volunteer mentor is truly an act of service to the small business entrepreneurship community. Being able to extend knowledge and guide pathways to success is a societal duty to us all, if we want to realize generational wealth and prosperity.

As a small business owner, who has had to figure out the recipe to my own business success and have built that business helping other companies and institutions succeed, SCORE provides an avenue for entrepreneurs and business owners to access someone like me who not only listens, but hears them and guides them without judgment toward the success that only they can define at that specific moment in life and in business." – Cynthia Rhodes


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