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SCORE Columbus OH
Free Business Mentoring in the Greater Central Ohio area

We provide free and confidential one-on-one business counseling by phone, email, and in-person in Columbus OH. We also conduct workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners.

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JULY IS

Rural Entrepreneurs Month


Rural Entrepreneurship Month celebrates the achievements of America's rural business owners. Rural entrepreneurs and their communities have faced unique challenges over the years, from limited access to resources to geographic isolation. SCORE is renewing our commitment to being part of the solution for these resilient business owners. We're here to give you the tools to meet and overcome any business challenge so that you can succeed in your rural enterprise.

Be sure to check out the Rural Entrepreneurs Hub for content and webinars created especially for rural business owners and SCORE success stories of thriving rural businesses like 4 Hill Farms!

Visit the Rural Entrepreneurs Resource Hub
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Rural Entrepreneur and National Independent Retailer Month (July 2024)


This month, we are highlighting rural entrepreneurs and independent retailers! Small retailers make up 98.6% of all retail firms and small and medium-sized retailers hire 39.8% of all retail employees (see infographic 1). Additionally, 91% of Americans shop at a small business at least once a week (see infographic 2). Specific to our rural communities, a recent research report states that “entrepreneurship is an important pillar of rural economic development as it offers a more reliable and robust alternative to traditional strategies.”

What does this mean? It means that small businesses make our economy strong AND they add an incredible richness to American society. People love them and people love to work for them!

To help celebrate, we have curated a variety of resources that focus primarily on retail and rural small business. Additionally, most of the resources on SCORE.org and SCORE Columbus are suitable for all types of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Consider a SCORE Mentor

If you haven’t considered working with a SCORE mentor, we would of course highly recommend that you do. Our SCORE Columbus mentors have decades of experience that they want to put to work for you. And if our local mentors are not the best fit for your business or you need specific expertise, SCORE will help you tap into experienced mentors elsewhere in the US. Click the link below to request a mentor - it’s free!

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Helpful Hint of the Month

Did you know that SCORE just released a new feature that allows clients to create an account? It will allow you to keep your contact info up-to-date, auto-completes most forms on the website and makes requesting a mentor easier.

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Note that creating an account is not required in order to view webinars and other resources on the web site.

Thank you for reading and a big shout out to our rural and retail small business owners - we support you!
- SCORE Columbus

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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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Learn how to sell your products online. We'll walk through listing your products for free with Google Busines Profile and Merchant Center. We'll show you one way to sell on your website, using an E-Commerce store built with Shopify. Plus, learn about more helpful tools to stand out onine, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store. In this workshop, we'll discuss the Products tab in a Google Business Profile.

2022 SCORE District Chapter of the Year badge

SCORE Columbus OH awarded Ohio District Chapter of the Year 2022

This award recognizes SCORE Columbus OH Chapter's leadership, dedication, and commitment to serving small businesses in our community. Our chapter’s innovation and business mentoring has led to this award.

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Watch the video above to learn more about SCORE, SCORE Columbus and how we help small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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