With SCORE, Small Businesses Achieve Big Success

Starting and growing a small business can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your SCORE mentor will be there to answer questions, connect you with resources and offer guidance throughout the life of your business. SCORE mentors are volunteers, meaning they give their time freely to help business owners like you thrive. They are committed to the success of your business – and because they are all leaders in their fields, SCORE mentors deliver expert advice. 

Since SCORE was founded in 1964, we have educated more than 11 million established and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Each year, our 10,000+ expert volunteers provide business mentoring and education in more than 230 chapters in 1,500 communities nationwide, empowering local business owners, boosting regional economies, and growing the larger American economy.

Prospective entrepreneurs with a mentor are five times more likely to start a business – and small business clients who receive 3+ hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased business growth.

In 2021 alone, SCORE mentors helped start 25,084 new businesses and create 96,559 new jobs. In the same year, 59% of SCORE's clients were women, 44% were minorities, and 9% were veterans.

Keera Belviy, CEO Vital Wetsuits in water holding a surfboard

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"My mentor, Rick was the perfect SCORE mentor for my business. Rick was able to help me come up with a comprehensive business plan in a way that was not overwhelming but instead flowed like a conversation. He also helped me with communicating overseas and how to address complex foreign logistics. Having his insightfulness & well-versed nature and SCORE's free webinars were the impetus for our success." -Keera Belviy, CEO of Vital Wetsuits

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"Mentorship can really come full circle and take you to the next level - not only with your business but also on a personal level as well...So very grateful for the opportunity to work one-on-one with [my mentor] Pat Wente and the SCORE family during my start-up process. Having continuous support from Pat for my first eight months in business has reassured me that mentorship is a necessity for all new business owners. She is my fairy godmother for all things business!"
- Veatrice Conley, Owner, Unveiled Bridal Studio LLC

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Download the 2021 Economic Impact Handout to learn more about how we help small businesses. And find your own mentor to become our next success story!