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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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Amazon Seller Success Series 2024

Sponsored by Amazon

Unlock the secrets to Amazon selling success with our free webinar series. Learn everything from setting up your seller account to advanced growth strategies, directly from Amazon experts. Perfect for new & existing sellers aiming to boost their business on Amazon. 

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April is National Volunteer Month

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Become a SCORE 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. Learn more about becoming a mentor at SCORE.

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National Small Business Week Virtual Summit April 30 to May 1, 2024

National Small Business Week

Attend the Free Virtual Summit

On April 30 – May 1, 2024, the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE will host the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit. This event will feature a range of educational webinars, exhibition booths, business resources, networking opportunities, and professional guidance from SCORE mentors.

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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.”

Vanessa,

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. 

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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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Building a Business that Works - 4/29/24

This class will describe the pathway to building a business that works. When all the necessary building blocks are in place, they become the strong foundation for a business that is poised for healthy day-to-day operation and growth.

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