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Volunteer With SCORE
We’re on a mission to help small businesses.

Every day, our mentors help small business owners start, grow and achieve new levels of success. These volunteers are our lifeblood and the reason for that success. Enter your ZIP code to start your SCORE business mentor application.

Be part of something greater than yourself.

In 2023, SCORE Volunteers:

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Launched 31,167 Small Businesses.

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Helped create 152,115 Total Jobs.

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Provided 285,014 Mentoring Sessions.

How to Volunteer
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Volunteering Role:
SCORE Mentor

A Mentor is certified, trained and qualified to mentor clients including existing businesses and start-up clients. Mentors are proficient in guiding a client on business basics.

SCORE Mentors pledge to contribute to the SCORE mission in meaningful ways. Our clients rely on our Mentors’ expertise to help them succeed. They depend on our service, our time and our prompt response to their requests.

What does a Mentor do?
Ideal Mentor Qualifications
Am I a good fit?

What does a Mentor do?

As a Mentor, you’ll be assigned mentoring requests that we receive from clients. These requests contain information about the client including their name, business name, industry and business question. You’ll use that information to contact the client and schedule a meeting. In the meeting, you’ll work to understand the client’s business, their needs and challenges. Then you’ll answer their questions and guide them to solutions, information and resources to help them make sound decisions for their business. Your job as a Mentor is to guide, support and encourage our clients. You will not do the work for them.

Learn more about this role

SCORE Volunteers Making a Difference

Frequently Asked Questions

SCORE is a nationwide network of volunteer mentors that offers free and confidential business mentoring. It supports prospective and existing business owners to help them succeed and achieve their dreams.
Anyone with business experience or expertise can become a SCORE volunteer. This includes business owners, working professionals, and retired individuals willing to share their knowledge.
SCORE offers flexible volunteering opportunities that can be tailored to fit your schedule and availability, allowing you to balance mentoring with personal and professional commitments. Ideally dedicating 15-20hrs/month to working with SCORE Clients.
As a SCORE mentor, you can make a tangible difference in people's lives and their businesses. Mentors also often learn more about their own businesses and improve their professional skills through the mentoring process. It's a rewarding experience that also offers personal and professional growth.
Become a Mentor

As we celebrate our amazing volunteers this month, it is also an ideal time to think about how you can give back. If you’d like to become a SCORE mentor, we’d love to have you. Enter your zip code in the field below and apply today.

712 H St NE PMB 98848
Washington, DC 20002

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