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SCORE Mentor Hal Shelton with Greg Warner of MarketSmart


SCORE offers the nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors.

If you're just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Our volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/ life balance.
With SCORE, you can have the honest, confidential and sometimes tough conversations about managing money, motivating your team, and other business topics.
We can be your confidant, your cheerleader and your accountability partner on your path to achieving success.

advice, skills, training, experience, mentorsFor Every Entrepreneur

Whether you're a solopreneur, a nonprofit, a franchisee, a veteran, an independent contractor, a woman- or minority-owned business, or a young or encore (50+) entrepreneur, SCORE can help — providing guidance and resources to help with your decisions.

Our volunteer advisors offer expertise in a variety of fields and industries. Get FREE, customized, business advice from mentors committed to helping you succeed. 

Find your mentor and get assistance online or in a chapter near you.

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4 Easy Steps

Search for a mentor or
let your local chapter pair you with a mentor.
Ask a Question
Submit a mentoring request to share your business question(s) with an expert.
Work Together
Start working on your business goals with help from your mentor.
Follow Up
Continue working with your mentor throughout the life of your business.

Get Online and Local Business Training

Live Webinars
Learn from the experts in live presentations on popular business topics.
Online Workshops
Access self-directed training from your home or office. Available 24/7.
Local Workshops
Attend workshops led by local experts. Meet other entrepreneurs.
Community Events
Participate in seminars, roundtables, and sponsored events in your community.

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Entrepreneurship is an Adventure

Don't Go It Alone

With over 10,000 volunteers in more than 300 chapters across the nation offering expertise in over 62 industries, we have the knowledge and tools you need to reach your business goals.

Connect with a mentor online or find a SCORE office near you for free advice and business training.

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What Our Clients Say: SCORE Success Stories

MaineWorks Owner SCORE Awards Video

“My SCORE advisors helped me lay out the plan and the order of priority. They helped me to identify the specific resources that I needed and connected me to individuals who supported that need.”

Margo Walsh
Owner, MaineWorks


MarketSmart Owner SCORE Awards Video

“I wanted real-world help from someone who had been in the trenches. Hal usually gives me specific to-dos. I promise to do them because I know he’ll ask me about them the next time we meet. I don’t want to let him down. He believes in me and wants my business to succeed as much as I do.”

Greg Warner
Owner, MarketSmart


Star Seed Bakery Owner SCORE Awards Video

“At each stage of building my business, I was referred to members who were experts in their particular field, so I was continually guided in the areas I needed to address at the time. “Their interest was genuine and they kept in touch with me to ensure that I was staying on a steady track.”

Linda Beg
Owner, Star Seed Bakery

Become a SCORE Volunteer

SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to entrepreneurs in your community.

There are many ways to join SCORE. You can become one of our small business mentors, workshop facilitators, marketing and community outreach leaders, administrative assistants or fundraising support. We'll work with you to find the best fit for your skills and interests. 

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