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Our Mission

SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.


Our Vision

We aim to give every person the support they need to thrive as a small business owner.

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Our Values

Our core values provide the most ethical, unified approach to achieving our goals in a way that contributes to our greater cause.

At SCORE, we hold that:

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clients matter
Our clients' successes are our successes.

The quality of their experience at SCORE is the truest measure of our success as an organization.

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small business matters
Small businesses are critical to vibrant communities in our society.

Small business drives our national economy through business formation, job creation, and wealth building.

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giving back matters
Giving back is the foundation on which we, as human beings, are built.

We are proud to enable volunteers, stakeholders, and sponsors to give back to their communities.

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Volunteers matter
Volunteers give freely of their time, energy, and knowledge to help others –

And they are pivotal to the continued success of SCORE’s mission. SCORE volunteers donated more than 4.6 million service hours in 2022 to support their communities. In return, we aim to make their time at SCORE engaging and satisfying.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion matter
We believe in the importance, value, and power of diversity – diversity of people and diversity of thought.

Diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and experience among SCORE volunteers, employees, board members, and clients enables SCORE to effectively execute its mission of helping all small business owners.

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Relationships matter
In relationships, we act with integrity, respect, honesty, purpose, and professionalism.

We listen with an open mind, encourage, and openly communicate with all people seeking business help from SCORE. Personal, long-term relationships – including those between mentors and business owners – drive small business success.

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Experience matters
Volunteers with years of experience in every facet of running a business.

Volunteers' experience matters; their relevant knowledge, wisdom, and experience serve our clients through mentorship and education.

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Lifelong learning matters
Lifelong learning is key to business success.

We believe that small business owners who are lifetime learners adapt to change more readily and are more successful. Volunteers as lifelong learners remain relevant and achieve personal satisfaction and growth.

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Funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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