Starting a business is one of the most exciting and rewarding things that a person can do in their lifetime. Business ownership gives you the flexibility and independence that you don’t always have as an employee. Many people have a desire to start a business, but are not quite sure where to start. Whether you are just starting your business or growing your existing business, SCORE can help you with the process.
SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free mentoring to help you start, manage, and grow your business. Supported by the Small Business Association (SBA), SCORE is dedicated to its mission of fostering vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.
SCORE has over 11,000 volunteer mentors that help entrepreneurs every year, achieve their dreams of business ownership. Volunteer mentors are successful entrepreneurs themselves with expert knowledge in the areas of small business start-up, management, finance, technology, and marketing. SCORE will match you with the most useful volunteers based on your business needs.
There are over 320 SCORE chapters across the United States. You can choose to receive free business counseling in person or via email. SCORE also provides online and local business workshops. The workshops are free or low-cost.
On its website, SCORE offers free business tools, business plan templates, and many other helpful resources. A great free service that SCORE provides is called Business Plan Assist. When using Business Plan Assist, SCORE will help you draft or revise your business plan. You will receive assistance with all aspects of your business plan, including financial projections and marketing strategies.
You can read the success stories of those who have started or grown their businesses with help from SCORE. I have used SCORE’s services on a few of occasions and had positive experiences each time. My mentors gave me great business advice, feedback, and assistance with my business plan.
With SCORE, you don’t have to walk alone as an entrepreneur. They will provide you with the support and resources you need to be successful. Visit SCORE today to read more about their services or to request a mentor.