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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.

Our Values

At SCORE, we hold that:

Clients matter

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

Small business matters

Small business drives our national economy through business formation, job creation, and wealth building. Small businesses are critical to vibrant communities in our society.

Giving back matters

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

Volunteers matters 

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 donate more than one million hours of their time each year to support their communities. In return, we aim to make their time at SCORE engaging and satisfying. 

Experience matters

A volunteer’s experience matters; their relevant knowledge, wisdom, and experience serve our clients through mentorship and education.

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 – are a driver of small business success.

Diversity matters

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.

Lifelong learning matters

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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Washington, DC 20002
(701) 239-5677

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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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