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SCORE Silicon Valley
Free Business Planning, Marketing, and Managing Advice & Guidance from our 60+ Mentors

Our strong network of mentors help small business owners who lack time, expertise & strategy by supporting them with the right resources to Start, Manage & Grow their Business Successfully.

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Rural Entrepreneurs Month

Rural Entrepreneurship Month celebrates the achievements of America's rural business owners. Rural entrepreneurs and their communities have faced unique challenges over the years, from limited access to resources to geographic isolation. SCORE is renewing our commitment to being part of the solution for these resilient business owners. We're here to give you the tools to meet and overcome any business challenge so that you can succeed in your rural enterprise.

Be sure to check out the Rural Entrepreneurs Hub for content and webinars created especially for rural business owners and SCORE success stories of thriving rural businesses like 4 Hill Farms!

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Jim Mansfield and Wife, 4 Hill Farms
Vanessa Founder, Vivid Cat Design

“With the guidance of my SCORE Mentors, Arik Paran and Bruce Kleinman, I refined my business plan and considered how to best serve my target audience. I felt overwhelmed with all the tasks and decisions I had on my plate, but after speaking with my mentors I was able to shift priorities and clarify my path a bit more. I felt that my concerns were understood during our calls, and it's nice to have mentors to bounce ideas off of and not feel so alone in the process of building my business. We started off strong and now that I've officially launched my website, I'm looking forward to having their guidance and advice for a smoother transition from freelancer to business owner. I have confidence that the added accountability and mentoring sessions will help me build positive and confident momentum in my business.”


Founder, Owner of Vivid Cat Design, a design company that tailors to your unique needs
Donna Carroll Founder and CEO of ALIXIR DANCE

“As soon as I started working with Rob, I knew he'd be key to helping guide me to re-launch my 14 year dance event business. Rob asked the right questions to fully understand my business, and then we got to work. He's been consistently working with me to rebuild a business that's even stronger\ than the one that had to pause due to covid. Rob's guidance and expertise is a true gift, not only to me, but to the thousands who benefit from my business. I am unbelievably grateful for SCORE and all you do to help us entrepreneurs change the world!”

Donna Carroll,

Founder and CEO of ALIXIR DANCE
Natalia Benz Owner of Ultralight Lean Solutions

“I was in the planning stage of opening a consulting firm when I reached out to SCORE Silicon Valley. My Business Mentor, Paul Barsley, was very knowledgeable and seemed genuinely interested in helping me. The information I received was very valuable. We reviewed registering a new business with my local county, getting set up for accounting, and the best way to perform market research. It was great to talk with someone who has been through this before. I felt this was a good use of my time and feel better prepared to start my business!”

Natallia Benz,

Owner of Ultralight Lean Solutions
Ruoyu Loughry of Loughry CPA

"My mentors are always willing to help with their years of experience and wisdom. They ask very good questions to get me brainstorming, and then help me pull back my thought train to stay focused. Everytime, they summarize our conversation, and leave me homework for the next meeting. With Bill and Larry, I am growing business, challenging my own limits, and contributing more with confidence. I strongly recommend business owners come to SCORE to get help. As you start or grow your business, SCORE will be along the way to support you."

Ruoyu Loughry,

Owner, Loughry CPA
Danielle Seybold

"My mentor, Paul Barsley, far exceeded my expectations for navigating the logistics of how to set up a business. He even gave me great advice for how to make that business successful - including marketing and business planning advice."

Danielle P Seybold,

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Patience Buckwalter, founder of Grape Leaf Café and Empowerment Center

“Rob Gelphman was able to support by helping me rethink priorities, set goals, and focus. Rob was delighted by our product, and his enthusiasm was wonderful fuel, especially during stressful times. His unique combination of humor, libanility, experience and thoughtful coaching was a huge asset to our business. I would not hesitate to recommend SCORE mentoring for anyone I know who needs business support. It is an invaluable offering to this community, and I am impressed and grateful for the generosity.”

James Brake,

Co-Founder and Executive Director, NourishBot
SCORE Empowers All Entrepreneurs

We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches.

SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All. 

Visit SCORE for All
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Impact Your Community

Since 1964, SCORE has educated and mentored more than 11 million small business owners and entrepreneurs. We're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates. 

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How to Grow Your Business Through Speaking 240611

Want to make a bigger impact in your business? Leisa Reid shares expert secrets on how to utilize the popular technique of public speaking to broaden your reach and attract more ideal clients easily. This session is ideal for entrepreneurs who want to use the power of public speaking to attract their ideal clients and make an impact on the world.

In this talk you will learn:

  • 2 Strategies to Attract Your Ideal Clients when Speaking
  • How to Calculate Your Speaking Profit Potential
  • The #1 Secret to a Steady Stream of Speaking Referrals

Registration Fee $35

 This is an interactive workshop for which we

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