Columbus SCORE

SCORE Columbus was established in April 1965 and serves the Central Ohio region comprised of the Franklin, Delaware, Union, and Madison, Central Ohio Counties,  and is part of SCORE, a national nonprofit association dedicated to the success of the nation's small businesses. Our SCORE Counselors are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help potential and existing small business owners achieve success.. Many of our client meetings occur at our office location, however, if clients are unable to meet there, we can provide alternate meeting locations for face to face meetings or provide counseling by telephone and email.  When you receive a call to set up a meeting, let Kathy know what works best for you.

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How to reach us:  SCORE Columbus, 401 N. Front Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH  43215, 614-469-2357,

Client service is the primary objective of SCORE Columbus so our volunteer business counselors provide a variety of meeting formats including face-to-face, online or telephone meetings with start up and in business clients.  Our SCORE counselors provide you with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.

With more than 1,000 combined years of business experience, the Columbus SCORE Counselors provide clients with free and confidential business counseling conducted in a wide variety to locations to meet your needs. More than 95% of our client survey respondents would refer SCORE to other businesses for counseling.

SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for over fifty years.  Our local and on line workshops and events are designed to connect you with the people and information you need to start, grow, and maintain your business successfully.

To sign-up for free counseling to meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem PLEASE COMPLETE OUR SIGN-UP FORM --> Sign-Up for Free Counseling.

Services We Offer

Free One-on-One Counseling

It's free! It's unlimited! SCORE Counselors provide you with expertise that will start you on the right path towards your business goals. Learn what to do and what not to do by leveraging the knowledge and experience of our SCORE Counselors. As one client recently said about one our counselors, “The mentor was very knowledgeable and had good insight/ideas. The SCORE people and process are very professional.”

To sign-up for free counseling to meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem PLEASE COMPLETE OUR SIGN-UP FORM --> Sign-Up for Free Counseling.

Confidential Meetings

When we receive your "Request A Meeting" form, a Counselor will call you to schedule a time and place for your first consultation. Thereafter, you can call the Counselor for more consultation as the need arises. We are here to help you on an on-going basis. There is no limit in the number of meetings you can have or in the time period over which you can ask for help.  As one client mentioned, ““I found it useful to have been able to talk about the fiscal moves I have had to make and hear back that I am progressing in the right direction. The Counselors understanding of the complexities of Finance and Compliance and the value of having both be the strongest supporters of each other was a good insight, I had not fully considered”. And another said, “I’ve got great advice from my mentor and definitely realize the value provided by this service.”

Business Seminars

SCORE offers a series of very popular low-cost seminars throughout the year. A sampling includes:

"Simple Steps to Starting Your Business - Four Part Series" which provides a comprehensive overview of what you should know about starting and successfully growing and operating your own business.  Other seminar topics offered throughout the year include, Financial Management and Funding, How to Bring a Product to Market, How to Start a Non-Profit Business and When is a Franchise Business Right for Me.

Look for upcoming notices for these seminars and others on our website and social media sites, which are conducted by SCORE members and small business experts.

The Columbus SCORE Library

Leveraging the expertise of our counselors we have written 100+ easy to understand FREE proprietary Business Briefs on a wide variety of business subjects including:  Buying a Business, Financial Management, Marketing Your Product, Buying a Franchise, Insurance, Legal Issues, Developing a Business Plan, Taxes, Pricing, Organization Structures, Loans, Start-Up, Fictitious & Trade Names, Marketing Strategy, Cash Flow Projections, Leasing vs Buying, SBA Programs, Advertising, Patents & Copyrights, Trademarks & Service Marks, Independent Contractors, E-Commerce, Taxes, Licenses & Permits and Credit to a Customer.  You may receive free copies of those Business Briefs relevant to your business during your counseling session.

E-Mail, Telephone and Video Counseling

Have a specialized business need the Columbus Chapter can't fill? Request E-mail counseling from one of over 13,000 SCORE Counselors nationwide, by selecting a counselor who specifically fits your business needs by clicking here

SCORE Membership

If you are interested in sharing your business expertise with others by becoming a member of SCORE, please CLICK HERE for more information.


For additional information contact us at or call 614-469-2357 to learn more about our services. We look forward to serving you.