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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.

Featured Success Story

Small Farm, Big Success

Kat Johnson of Kat the Farmer LLC has transformed a quarter-acre plot into a thriving, salad-centric farm. With innovative farming practices and a dedication to local produce, Kat achieved a 50% growth in her second season. Through SCORE mentorship, she navigated financial planning and expanded her business. Discover how Kat's passion for fresh, local greens has cultivated a loyal customer base and set a new standard for small-scale farming.

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60th Anniversary Pitch Competition
Are you ready to take your product or service to the next level?

This summer, be a part of SCORE's 60th Anniversary Pitch Competition and pitch your business to a panel of industry experts. Compete for a chance to win up to $20,000 for your business and receive invaluable mentorship and exposure along the way.

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your innovation and secure the support you need to succeed!

Learn more about the Pitch Competition


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Disaster Recovery and Preparation Resources

Navigating Business Challenges with SCORE

At SCORE, we understand the severe challenges that disasters, economic downturns and catastrophic events can impose on your business. 

SCORE offers comprehensive checklists to prepare you for various weather-related events, including tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather and earthquakes.

Additionally, you can connect with SCORE mentors who can assist you in creating a robust emergency or recovery plan, ensuring your business is well-prepared for any future challenges.

Visit the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resource Hub
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Workshops and Events
Upcoming Events
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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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity
If you’re a devotee of iPhones, it’s time to get excited—Apple just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones. Since the release of iPhones in June 2007, they have changed how we work and live.  Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or a fan of Android, there is likely a lot you don’t know about how smartphones can improve your team’s efficiency and productivity.  Here are some tips for how smartphones can boost your business.
Is Your Technology Keeping Your Business From Succeeding?
COVID-19 forced many small businesses into virtual companies, but are employers supporting workers through the technological shift?
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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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4 Cybersecurity Tips for Businesses
Every October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year, the two organizations behind the international campaign — the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) — are highlighting four key action steps that everyone can take to better protect themselves against cyber threats.
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Opportunities and Obstacles for Rural Entrepreneurs
The rural economy, while still challenging, is changing. Rural communities are increasingly diverse and innovative. Let's explore today's advantages and disadvantages of running a business in rural America.
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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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10 Resources to Help Rural Entrepreneurs
There are many organizations, publications and courses that can help rural entrepreneurs face challenges and grow their businesses. See SCORE's list of 10 resources to help rural business owners succeed.
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12 Funding Options for Rural Entrepreneurs
From crowdfunding to state trade expansion programs, there are several funding options for rural entrepreneurs
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Best Legal Entities for Rural Entrepreneurs
To ensure rural small business owners have all the facts regarding business structure, here is a quick guide to what entities are available for your rural business and how each can protect you from future legal nightmares.
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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Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs

Rural entrepreneurs are making a significant impact in their communities, embracing the challenges and opportunities unique to rural settings. These trailblazers foster local economic growth, create essential jobs, and leverage innovative solutions to address community needs. With a deep connection to their local environments, rural businesses are building vibrant, resilient economies and demonstrating a remarkable capacity for innovation and sustainability.

View Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs
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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:

Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm ET. 

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Featured Chat Mentor
Allen Zabusky, SCORE Business Mentor

“Having retired from Corporate America as a senior  finance and accounting professional, I was looking for an opportunity to give back to my business community. SCORE has provided that challenge by offering me the opportunity to engage with aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners by offering guidance and counsel on corporate structure, business plan development, cash and process management and sales and marketing insight. It has been very rewarding to learn and exchange ideas with fellow mentors and respond to SCORE clients who identify novel and emerging business strategies that can form the basis of a successful small business. I view my responsibility as nurturing these emerging ideas and offering business context and structure so that they be turned into viable business opportunities.” -Allen Zabusky


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