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SCORE Charleston SC
District in South Carolina: Serving Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Willamsburg Counties + nearby towns

SCORE Mentors are experienced entrepreneurs & professionals who volunteer their experience & knowledge to help small business professionals start & grow businesses. We offer free, confidential business advice, low-cost or no-cost business training, and numerous business templates & tools.

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Healthy Roots MD wins top award in SCORE-Charleston’s Minority and Women’s Start-up Business Pitch Finals!

On Wednesday evening, April 19, 2023, five local start-up business owners made pitch presentations to a review panel to compete for awards. This marked the culmination of a program where women owned and/or minority owned start-up businesses in the Charleston region could apply for the chance to pitch their business. Each finalist had 20 minutes to pitch their business to the review panel. The review panel then conferred and ranked the finalists for their awards. The awards were announced by John Misner, a certified mentor with SCORE – Charleston. 

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Client Spotlight: Catherine Toombs

It Takes a Village Daycare

Catherine Toombs is the Owner and Director of It Takes a Village Daycare. Learn about her startup and how SCORE Charleston SC mentors helped Catherine apply for funding in order to get her new business off the ground.

Upcoming Local Events

Unlock the secrets to small business success and learn from the experts with our collection of recorded webinars- watch now.

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Establishing a Non Profit

This workshop is for anyone looking to start a non-profit and is committed to providing a community service. The presenter will show you step by step, how he set up a non-profit in 6 months, without a lawyer, how to create a legal non-profit structure, mapping out your program service, and making the case for funding.

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Social Media and Marketing for Non Profits

Laurie Brown, founder of Aunt Laurie's and a SCORE SC Lowcountry Certified Business Mentor, along with Altimese Nichole, founder of The Ezer Agency, to learn how to advertise your nonprofit efficiently through social media.

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Buying A Franchise

LEARN:Myths vs Reality of Franchise Ownership Pros & Cons and owing a Franchise How Not to "FAIL" at Franchise Ownership, plus $$ to Start a Franchise.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with SCORE!

Over the past decade, Hispanic-owned small businesses have made a significant impact, boasting a 34% growth rate and contributing a remarkable $500 billion to the U.S. economy. Yet, amidst this impressive growth, Hispanic business owners face genuine challenges.

But you don't have to navigate these challenges alone. SCORE is here to support you. We've been instrumental in helping countless Hispanic entrepreneurs find success in their small businesses. Just ask Sandra Vazquez, Owner & Operator of SWT Fitness, who said, "SCORE helped me develop the roadmap I needed to secure funding and expand my gym into a prime retail location."

Discover how SCORE has empowered small business owners like Sandra to start and grow their enterprises. Your business could be the next success story we celebrate!

Visit the Hispanic Entrepreneurs Hub
Sandra Vazquez and her team in SWT Fitness
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SCORE for All

We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches. SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All. 

Visit SCORE for All
Jason Stone, founder of The Productive Peasant Farm Co, with mentor Hugh Macmaster in field
Impact Your Community

Since 1964, SCORE has educated and mentored more than 11 million small business owners and entrepreneurs. We're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates. 

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