SCORE Business Mentoring & Networking


SCORE has been providing entrepreneurs with free business mentoring and networking advice and services for more than 50 years. There are 300 local chapters throughout the U.S. with more than 10,000 volunteers, mostly retired businesspeople who've run successful companies and now spend their time passing on their expertise to new business founders.

SCORE Key Information:

Year founded



Herndon, Virginia


(800) 634-0245


1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900, Herndon, VA 20170 US

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How do I find a SCORE mentor?

SCORE business mentors come from a network of more than 10,000 expert businesspeople who volunteer to provide guidance and share their expertise with startup entrepreneurs. SCORE mentoring services are absolutely free, and you can work with your mentor for the life of your business.

The first step in getting matched with a SCORE business mentor is to focus and write down your main business question. Then you can either search for a mentor or let your local SCORE chapter pair you with the mentor best suited to help you with your inquiry and your business. All the information you'll need you can find on the SCORE Find a Business Mentor page.

How do I meet with my SCORE business mentor?

It's up to you. While it's ideal to meet face-to-face at your local SCORE headquarters, you can communicate via email or video chat as well.

What other resources does SCORE offer?

Plenty. SCORE holds a number of useful workshops covering aspects of running a successful business; the workshops also provide an opportunity to network with other local businesspeople and become known in your community. The SCORE Library contains blog posts, recorded webinars, business courses on demand, and downloadable templates for critical business documentation such as financial projections.

Where can I get a SCORE business plan template?

It's downloadable on the SCORE site: SCORE business plan template.

Are SCORE workshops free?

Most of the SCORE workshops and other events are free, although some may request a nominal fee to cover printed materials and to use for future workshops.