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Our Impact

Each year, our 10,000+ expert volunteers provide business mentoring and education in more than 250 chapters in 1,500 communities nationwide, empowering local business owners, boosting regional economies and growing the larger American economy.

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Our impact on the local community

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SCORE helps a diverse range of American Small Business and Entrepreneurs.

SCORE is proud to serve a diverse group of small business clients from across a wide array of backgrounds and industries. Our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility allows us to reach new communities and provide valuable expertise and educational services to anyone looking to start or grow a business.

64% of SCORE's client base were women
46% of SCORE's client base were minorities
9% of SCORE's client base were veterans
What do local business owners say about their experiences working with SCORE Mentors?

“It was great talking to another person and getting good actionable items to move forward with my business goals.”    Robin S

“Elizabeth was incredibly helpful. She had information to share for each of the topics I wanted to address. She walked me through different documents and shared them with me afterward.”   Leigh M

“Your reputation has remained solid over many, many years.  David was great  - informed, helpful - He had every quality you would want in a mentor.  Plus, a quick response.”    Cathy M

“Sarah is very thorough and has provided me a perspective of insight that will continue to help me grow as an entrepreneur and small business owner.”    Sheldon V

"Abby is a gem. She is enthusiastic, helpful, and fully versed in her area of expertise. She is also adept at reaching out to other SCORE mentors when additional expertise is required."     Dallas M

“Shannon went above & beyond with our first meeting and we could have talked for hours longer! I can't wait to speak again with her!”    Douglas J

“I had all my questions answered and more. I was kinda stuck and confused about how everything was looking and I was able to be put back on the right path.”    Dylan L

“Peter was truly interested in getting to know what my goals are and gave a detailed and well organized plan of action. He’s very knowledgeable and clear when he make suggestions.”     Aylim S

“Ron gave me excellent advice and ideas that I hadn't considered myself. We talked about everything from legal and financial considerations to expanding the business and writing a business plan. I appreciate his time and expertise.”     Denise D

SCORE Portland Platinum Chapter Excellence Award 2020

SCORE Portland earns Platinum Chapter Excellence Award 2020

Our chapter's excellence is a reflection of our volunteers and the clients we've served. Our volunteers have worked exceptionally hard through a difficult year and persevered to provide valuable mentoring and educational opportunities to clients facing unprecedented challenges.

SCORE Portland Region Most Improved 2020

SCORE Portland earns Northwest Region Most Improved Chapter of the Year

SCORE honored SCORE Portland with the Chapter of the Year Award for outstanding performance in 2020. The award recognizes SCORE Portland for exceptional growth in the services provided to local entrepreneurs, a wide range of free workshops, and excellent face-to-face free mentoring.

SCORE National Impact 2022


Quite simply, if you want to make a lasting impact in your small business community, SCORE is the place to do that. Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs start, grow or troubleshoot a business. SCORE's 10,000 volunteers provide free, expert mentoring, resources and training in all 50 U.S. states and territories.

There are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in the United States

Small Business Mentoring Leader

SCORE's 10,000 volunteers provide business mentoring and education in more than 230 chapters across 1,500 communities nationwide.

Black business owners receive less business financing, less often, and at higher rates

Support for Everyone

SCORE is a uniquely American organization that synthesizes two historic national ideals: entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism. SCORE helps a diverse range of American Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs.

Women make up 46 percent of Black entrepreneurs.

Big Impact on Small Businesses

In 2022, SCORE mentors helped start 30,453 businesses and create 82,117 non-owner new jobs and 112,570 total new jobs.

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