SCOREBergen, the Hackensack-based chapter of SCORE, a national organization of business professionals who volunteer their time to provide free mentoring to emerging and established entrepreneurs, helped start 293 new businesses and create 181 jobs in Bergen and Passaic Counties during the 2014 fiscal year, according to a recent survey.

“These are fantastic numbers if we think of them in terms of real people affected and real services now impacting our community,” said SCOREBergen Chairman Lew Marchiona.

Seventy-eight percent of the total number of clients served by SCOREBergen were in business and three-quarters of them increased their revenue. “This is indicative of where we’re seeing real growth in our local economy: in small businesses succeeding, getting bigger and adding tax revenue and local jobs,” Marchiona said.

Nationally, SCORE assisted in starting 56,079 businesses and creating 47,187 jobs. Fifty-six percent of the clients who consulted SCORE IN 2014 were women, 39 percent were minorities and 13 percent were veterans. “We see these groups growing in terms of small business ownership, and it’s important that we’re able to serve every single person interested in pursuing the path of entrepreneurship,” Marchiona said.