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Get Free Expert Help from SCORE Billings to Start & Grow Your Small Business.
A Partnership Focused on Making You More Successful

Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our business experts will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals. Find your mentor today!

Frequently Asked Questions About SCORE Mentoring


SCORE mentoring is a free service offered to any citizen or permanent resident that owns or wants to start a business. Partnering with you one-on-one, SCORE mentors support your success through offering experienced advice, consulting on best practices, and educating on small business topics.
SCORE mentors bring years of business experience, many of them successful small business owners themselves. Mentors volunteer through SCORE to help other entrepreneurs like you, by sharing their real-world experience and bona fide knowledge in running successful small businesses. SCORE mentors also provide practical tools and resources to make some owner tasks easier.
SCORE mentors will not make decisions for you or complete important ownership tasks on your behalf. They also cannot provide tax or legal advice. However, SCORE mentors can provide clear guidance on what your options are so you can confidently make decisions and take positive action toward your own success.
SCORE mentoring sessions are collaborative meetings between the small business owner and the SCORE mentor. During these sessions, you can share your business goals, progress, challenges and questions. SCORE mentors will offer advice, resources, and insights so you gain clarity on your next best steps.
SCORE mentoring sessions are typically scheduled for an hour and held virtually, through online meetings, phone calls, and even through email exchanges. While mentoring sessions have goals and objectives, the partnership is informal and informational with your assigned mentor.
A SCORE mentoring relationship lasts as long as you need it. That can mean it is a few meaningful sessions to achieve a specific goal or overcome a particular challenge. Or, it can be a SCORE mentoring relationship lasts for years, when you always have a trusted advisor for the life of your small business.

5 Simple Steps to SCORE Mentoring:

Step 1 - Identify your business question

Identify your small business needs and desired support.

Step 2 - Search for a mentor, or let your local chapter pair you with a mentor

Request a SCORE Mentor as your advisor to small business success.

Step 3 - Submit a mentoring request to share your business question with an expert.

Schedule a mentoring session with your assigned SCORE mentor

Step 4 - Start working on your business goals with help from your mentor.

Set goals for your small business with guidance from your SCORE mentor.

Step 5 - Continue working with your mentor throughout the life of your business.

Work with your SCORE mentor through the life of your business.

Get Started On Your Business Success Journey Today!

The mentors of the Billings Chapter are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success.

Our Mentors

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MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR: PLUMBING, HEATING, PLUS MASTER PLUMBER PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER: K-12 ICE HOCKEY...

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I am a recently retired engineer (licensed PE) from the oil industry. I have successfully operated...

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Over 40 years in Medical Administration and hospitals. Former small business owner. Experience with...

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I specialize in Cashflow, and being prepared for leveraged positions. I work to reduce risks caused...

Entrepreneurs Succeed with SCORE Mentors

What is better than one very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneur working to make a business highly successful? How about two very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneurs working on your business ownership goals? That is what SCORE offers to all small business owners: mentors who work alongside entrepreneurs to realize their small business ownership dreams.

See how SCORE mentors have made a difference for other small business owners like you.

Beverly Doody and Keisha Finnie
SCORE Success Story: Keisha Finnie Art
Beverley was the sweetest woman from the day we met. She found the proper help of a co-mentor to set me up with the tax credentials I needed at that time.
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Colin was introduced to SCORE after drafting a business plan and visiting the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Front Porch Baking Co. Owner with SCORE Mentor
SCORE Success Story: Front Porch Baking
"Working with my mentor provided and continues to provide me with an outsider outlook on my business who can always show me the objectives and be a sounding board to problem solve."
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