Welcome to SCORE Central Virginia
SCORE Central Virginia provides free and confidential business advice to entrepreneurs working to start new businesses and grow existing businesses. Our chapter is 20+ strong who are dedicated to providing the best possible service.
For the Life of Your Business
SCORE Central Virginia is a group of more than 20+ experienced business professionals who provide guidance to those desiring to start up a new small business or to assist existing small businesses in improving their profitability.
Our volunteers are successful real-world business professionals who volunteer thousands of hours to help existing and startup businesses succeed. Our volunteers are experts with experience in areas such as; accounting, finance, human resources, consulting, import/export, law, operations, production, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, sales, marketing, management, business plan preparation, strategic planning, and many other business disciplines.
SCORE Central Virginia serves the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange, and provides mentoring for those interested in starting a business or those seeking to advance or improve an existing business. A national, non-profit volunteer organization and a resource partner with the U. S. Small Business Administration, SCORE’s mission is to help existing businesses and start-ups by providing objective advice at no charge.
In providing confidential, one-on-one mentoring, SCORE mentors have the expertise to give sound advice that will be helpful, timely and relevant in an effort to help new or aspiring entrepreneurs formulate strategies for success.
Also available are the services of outside professionals, such as lawyers and accountants, who have volunteered to provide an initial consultation to SCORE clients on a pro bono basis. In 2011, the Central Virginia SCORE chapter provided 1,263 hours of mentoring to 182 new clients, in addition to 238 follow-up sessions with former clients. All mentoring sessions are private, confidential, and free.
About SCORE & History
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.
SCORE is a valuable network of 11,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries.
SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates, and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.
Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 310 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 11,000 volunteers nationwide.