Creating a Business Plan Made Easy with SCORE’s New ‘Business Plan Assist’ Program

Creating a business plan is critical to the success of your small business.  Survey results conducted by Palo Alto Software show that companies who complete business plans are twice as likely to successfully grow their business, gain investment capital or secure a loan. Although we now know that a business plan will significantly help your business, finding the time to finish, update or even start a business plan can be a challenge.  Understanding that time can be very limited for small business owners, SCORE recently launched the Business Plan Assist program.

The Business Plan Assist program allows for current, new, and even potential business owners to have the opportunity to work with a SCORE mentor from the convenience of their computer or in-person at more than 320 chapter locations across the country.  With experts in over 20 business industries, SCORE will connect you with the right mentor for your small business.  In addition to the convenience of getting expert advice via email, the program will connect you with a mentor within 48-hours of submitting a request.

Cassie Green, owner of Green Grocer Chicago and a SCORE client, says getting help with her business plan from her SCORE mentors has made a real impact on the success of her business; “My mentors helped me create a roadmap for my business and see that I was approaching it from the wrong direction.”

Along with email mentoring to assist with business plans, Business Plan Assist includes other convenient and unique ways business owners can receive additional help online including:

  • Webinar- A live Q&A webinar will address common business planning questions
  • Tweetchat- A live 1-hour session featuring the knowledge of an expert in small business planning  
  • Supplemental online resources- SCORE offers business planning templates, tools and other resources to help guide owners in the right direction

Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software says, “The bottom line is that completing a plan correlated with increased success in every one of the business objectives that came up in the study.”

The Business Plan Assist program seeks to help small business owners increase the success of their business through quick, fast and efficient guidance from mentors with extensive experience in small business planning and strategy.

Get started today; get assistance with your business plan here!



Bridget Weston Pollack
<div> <span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px; text-align: justify;">Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the SCORE Association. In this role, Bridget is responsible for all branding, marketing, PR, and communication efforts. She focuses on implementing marketing plans and strategies for the organization to facilitate the growth of SCORE’s mentoring and trainings services.</span></div> <div> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">@SCOREmentors</a> | <a href="">More from Bridget</a></div>


Hi, I'm a retired army

Hi, I'm a retired army veteran, husband and a father of 5 kids. I've researched Hydrographics (water transfer) business and eager to get my own business started. I am having trouble staring up a business plan and how to describe my non existing company or how to project annual Profits and Losses or how to convince a bank that if they can give me a loan and believe in my success. Please help me. Thank you in advance

Hi My name is yogish and i am

Hi My name is yogish and i am a Textile Engineering Student Working in A Apparel Manufacturing Company, & studying in Evening colleage,

I am planning to start a new business

Can u Advice to start a new business

I have Investment amount of 1 Lakh INR, & a home in 15 X 15 feet dimention & 1/2 HP electrical power,

kindly advice to start the same said above...

Thxs/ Goodday
Yogish kumar.N

Hello Yogish, I would

Hello Yogish,

I would recommend looking through our resources page to find information on starting a business. I see that you are located in India, unfortunately we are only able to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in the United States. Best of luck to you and your business!

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