Central Virginia SCORE — serving the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange — 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.
Central Virginia SCORE is comprised of more than 20 mentors, all of whom are experienced and successful businessmen and women. Most mentors are now retired from positions as CEOs, CFOs, CPAs, Marketing, Sales and Manufacturing Managers, and the majority of them owned their own small businesses or had profit center responsibility in larger companies.
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.
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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 13,000+ 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 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 13,000 volunteers nationwide.