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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.

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Featured Success Story
Black Box Safety

I knew that I would need help and support, and I knew that there were a number of free resources available. One of those resources is SCORE.  My SCORE mentor was a champion in the early days of my business, and he encouraged me to start my business and start generating revenue immediately.

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Featured Mentor
Joe Folsom

Engage with SCORE Mentor Joe Folsom, an accomplished leader in economic and business development. As Executive Director of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation since 2017, Joe has driven key economic programs. He also owns Folsom Entrepreneurial Ventures, LLC, specializing in economic development services and specialty crops since 2014. Joe's tenure as SBA District Director for Iowa (2004-2014) highlighted his expertise in managing SBA programs, leading lending outreach, and organizing entrepreneurship summits. Joe's insights are invaluable for driving business success beyond program implementation.

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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

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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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.

SWOT Analysis
Important Questions to Ask in Your SWOT Analysis
Every small business owner should conduct a SWOT analysis at least twice yearly to assess their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats compared to their competition, markets and industry.
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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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What to Include in Your Operations Handbook

If you’re away from your business, your employees need to run the company without you. Your operations handbook should enable them to handle any situation that arises. Download this checklist to help you create your operations handbook.

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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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Planning for Disaster

From earthquakes and tornadoes to fires and floods, natural disasters can put your small business out of commission—and even out of business permanently.

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 LGBTQIA+ Entrepreneurs

LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs are making significant strides in the business world, embracing diversity and inclusion, these trailblazers foster innovative environments and vibrant community connections. These businesses create over 33,000 jobs and demonstrate a higher likelihood of being innovators in their industries.

View Resources for LGBTQIA+ 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
Mark Krosse, SCORE Business Mentor

"I specialize in helping clients turn innovative ideas into sustainable business models, emphasizing strategy, operations, and digital technology integration, including AI. Clients love LiveChat. And I love helping clients from all 50 states on LiveChat. It is fast, convenient, and fun getting quick answers to business questions. Clients find SCORE resources amazing. I do too! Let's connect!" -Mark Krosse


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