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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on Central New York and our country. Know that our local volunteers are ready to help with mentoring and can provide critical information and resources to get you through this crisis.

SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 50 years and has a network of over 11,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs when needed. 

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SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs

Right now, Black entrepreneurs are facing unique barriers to business success. At SCORE, we're working to change that by removing those obstacles and providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. That's why we created SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs: to meet you where you are and get you where you want to go.

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Reach Customers Online With Google!

FREE Presentation on Tuesday, October 26th - 11AM
This webinar explains how to create & claim your Business Profile on Google, manage your business info across the Google platform and a whole lot more! Register now!

Thinking (or re-thinking) Business Entity Type

FREE Recorded Webinar from Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Decide what type of entity you want to put your business in. There are structural differences for each type. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make an informed choice. Register and Watch Now!

How to Write a Business Plan

FREE Recorded Webinar from Wednesday, February 10, 2021
We'll provide you with a SCORE template to write a business plan and provide you with worksheets to layout and create a professional and complete business plan for you to start up your business. Register and Watch Now!

Free Mentoring

SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email

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Take a Workshop

SCORE mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.

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Free Resources

With access to a wide variety of documents, templates and tools to assist you in starting or growing your business, the information provided here covers a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, government agencies, and much more.

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Small Business Resilience Hub

Courage to adapt and strength to succeed. SCORE is working hard to ensure that all small business owners have up-to-date information to keep their doors open during and after this pandemic and when other catastrophes occur.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Business

There’s a lot you need to know about a business before you buy. Here are four key questions to ask the current owner before making any business purchase. Read more

Benefits of Using the Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is one of the most valuable business planning tools available to small business owners. By creating your own canvas you’ll refine you strategy, alleviate... Read more

Would Your Hobby Make a Sustainable Business?

Turning a hobby into a business can be a great way to earn a living while doing what you love. Before you make the shift from hobbyist to entrepreneur, ask yourself some key... Read more

Help Make Dreams Come True - Become a SCORE Volunteer

Every year, 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 the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.

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