The Vancouver Washington Chapter is a member of the national SCORE Association. We serve Clark County, Washington through our office in central Vancouver and locations in Longview and Hood River. Most volunteers serve the chapter and its clients through mentoring and training. A few serve clients indirectly through their work for the chapter. While many of our volunteers are retired some continue to run businesses of their own. All have a wealth of general and specific business experience. Our mentoring services are always free. Seminars and workshops are provides for a modest charge.
SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit association with 354 SCORE offices across the country offering free business mentoring and low-cost workshops. For 47 years, SCORE’s more than 13,000 working and retired business professionals have volunteered to support the success of small business nationwide. SCORE business mentoring is free and confidential. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
What kind of mentoring does SCORE provide?
SCORE’s experienced business mentors provide general business advice on every aspect of business planning, start-up, management and growth. SCORE provides both in-person and online mentoring to entrepreneurs just getting started or in need of a seasoned pro as a sounding board for their existing businesses.
Does SCORE offer services other than business mentoring?
Yes. SCORE chapters provide business workshops and seminars on topics customized to the needs of the local business community. In all communities, SCORE offices advocate the need for business planning and offer an introduction to the fundamentals of a business plan. Workshop and seminar fees generally range from $20 to $85, depending on the type of materials included and program length. For established businesses, SCORE offers in-depth training on topics such as customer service, hiring practices, using the Internet for business, marketing, home-based business operations and many other issues.
What qualifies SCORE volunteers to give business advice?
The key qualification SCORE mentors bring is real-world business experience. They are working and retired business owners, executives and managers who have been through the same challenges and decisions that many entrepreneurs are facing today. In addition, SCORE business mentors offer valuable expertise in specific industries. All SCORE volunteers receive specialized training offered by the association.
Are business secrets safe with SCORE?
Yes. All SCORE mentors honor the client’s right to proprietary and confidential information. All discussions and documents remain confidential. Each year, SCORE mentors reaffirm their commitment to protecting the privacy of client information by signing the association’s code of ethics.
The material in this publication is based on work supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration under cooperative agreement SBAHQ10-S0001. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age and disability. Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations with a two-week advance notice.