What is SCORE? Where are your chapters located?
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with approximately 10,000 volunteers in more than 230 chapters and 1,500 communities nationwide. Since its founding in 1964 as a resource partner for the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has helped more than 11 million current and aspiring entrepreneurs start, grow or troubleshoot a business through mentoring, workshops, and educational services. In 2021 alone, SCORE volunteers helped create 25,084 new small businesses and add 71,475 non-owner jobs to the American economy.
Who are SCORE volunteers?
The key qualification SCORE mentors bring is real-world business experience. They are working and retired business owners, executives, and managers who have been through the same challenges and decisions that many entrepreneurs are facing today. In addition, SCORE mentors offer valuable expertise in specific industries. All SCORE volunteers receive specialized training offered by the association and are certified in mentoring methodology.
What is SCORE’s relationship with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)?
SCORE is a U.S. Small Business Administration resource partner, meaning that we are funded in part by a grant from the SBA.
What is SCORE’s economic impact?
In 2020, SCORE helped 143,651 clients across 315,283 mentoring sessions, 347,389 attendees across 10,816 local workshops, and 204,925 attendees through national workshops. Through SCORE's assistance 45,027 new businesses were started, 74,535 non-owner jobs were created, and 119,562 total jobs were created.
How diverse is SCORE?
SCORE is making efforts to ensure that the diversity of our mentor pool and the clients we serve accurately reflect the U.S. population. View our full diversity stats for clients and mentors HERE.