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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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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
Launched in 2023

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

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Featured Success Story
Go Gaga with Chaga

SCORE helped me with my business by anticipating roadblocks in which I would not have anticipated before having an awesome mentor that guides me every step of the way. Even though it's up and downs of the company, there's numerous challenges as one grows the company too. They have such an amazing pool of people that could help you with any business solutions.” – Gavin Escolar

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Featured Mentor
Pete Slosberg

Engage with SCORE Mentor Pete Slosberg, a serial entrepreneur with a robust background in finance, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and corporate partnering from his tenure at leading firms like Xerox, ROLM, and IBM. As the founder of Pete’s Brewing Company, creator of Pete’s Wicked Ale, and the mind behind Cocoa Pete’s Chocolate Adventures, Pete not only defied the odds by achieving over 100% growth annually for ten consecutive years but also guided his first company from inception to a public offering and eventual acquisition. It takes a lot more than making a product or service to survive and Pete offers invaluable insights into driving business success beyond mere product development.

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National Small Business Week Virtual Summit

On-Demand Sessions Available Now


Watch free on-demand educational sessions from the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit. Gain practical tips and insights to help improve your business and guide your entrepreneurial journey.


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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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Building Community Through Business

Discover the power of community engagement with Khailing Neoh, founder of the unique Dim Sum restaurant and bar, Sum Bar, in Greenville, South Carolina. From her initial idea to creating a beloved community hub, Khailing's journey shows how connecting with local communities can propel business success.

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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Small Business Questions About Building an Online Presence
Get the answers to four common questions about domain name registration and building an online presence for your small business.
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Designing the Perfect Email

As we mentioned in part one of this series, email dominates the marketing kingdom, generating an impressive ROI (return on investment) of $36 for every dollar spent, the highest ROI of any marketing strategy, according to Campaign Monitor.

Email Design

Another crucial element contributing to the success of your email campaigns is how they’re designed. HubSpot notes there are 13 best practices for good email design:

  1. Craft a strong subject line.
  2. Write an attention-grabbing pre-header.
  3. Be concise.
  4. Keep your email on-brand.
  5. Think about your layout.
  6. Personalize every email.
  7. Inc
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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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Simple Email Template: 4 Benefits for Your Business
An email template can help you to streamline and improve your email marketing strategy.
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11 Ways to be an Ally for Asian Professionals and Business Owners
From breaking down the AAPI monolith to empowering Asian leaders, there are many ways to be an ally for Asian business owners.
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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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13 AANHPI Resources for Entrepreneurs

Asian-owned businesses are big contributors to the U.S. economy. They make up the largest share of minority-owned employer businesses in the U.S., employing 5.2 million people and generating $841 billion in revenue per year—those are inspiring statistics.

Entrepreneurship can be a great opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs, sometimes referred to as AAPIs). Entrepreneurship also has its challenges. In The State of AAPI Small Business Owners report by Hello Alice, 33 percent of the Asian small business owners surveyed said their number one

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9 AANHPI Business Owners Share Their Secrets To Success
From adopting solid business practices to working with a goal-oriented mindset, there are several success secrets shared by AANHPI business owners.
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12 Professional Networks for AANHPI Professionals or Entrepreneurs
From the National ACE to Asian Wander Women, there are several AANHPI professional networks for entrepreneurs to join.
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 AANHPI Entrepreneurs

Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) own one in 10 American businesses. Highly reliant on self and community, their work ethic produces the highest average small business receipts of any ethnic group.

View Resources for AANHPI 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:

Mon & Wed 9 am - 5 pm ET. 

Tues & Thurs 2 - 5 pm ET.

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Featured Chat Mentor
Michelle Proksa, SCORE Business Mentor

"As a SCORE Peoria mentor, I enjoy working with entrepreneurs around the US.  In many sessions, I am reminded of my own grueling days and nights during the startup period and later as my partner and I planned the succession of our business. As a LiveChat volunteer, I continuously learn from our visitors’ questions, tapping into SCORE’s vast expertise.  Collaborating to serve SCORE clients, both as a member of my chapter and on LiveChat, aligns perfectly with my own values and the SCORE mission." -Michelle Proksa


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