BUSINESS: The Independent Eye: Biz Tactics SCORE Offers an Army of Volunteers to Help Small Independent Businesses Grow and Thrive By Staff Wednesday, January 18, 2023 7:15 AM HERNDON, Va.—SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Thanks to this generous support from the SBA and the selfless contributions of more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers, SCORE said it can deliver most of its offerings at no cost. SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, the organization has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE provides a wide range of services to established and budding business owners alike, including: • Free Mentoring—Entrepreneurs can access free, confidential business mentoring in person at more than 230 local chapters and partner locations or remotely via email, phone and video. SCORE experts in entrepreneurship and related fields meet with their small business clients on an ongoing basis to provide continued advice and support. • Webinars and Courses On Demand—SCORE regularly offers free online events on topics ranging from start-up strategies to marketing and finance. Attendees can watch webinars live, or view recordings online on their own time. SCORE also offers on-demand interactive courses so you can walk through each module at your own pace. • Library of Online Resources—Business owners can also benefit from SCORE’s extensive collection of guides, templates, checklists, blogs, videos, infographics and more. • Local Webinars and Workshops—Many local SCORE chapters hold free or low-cost in-person and online workshops and roundtable discussions covering various topics. An interesting twist on how SCORE works with businesses is their approach to guiding business at every stage, depending on where on the journey that business could be. There are Plan + Start resources. Manage + Grow tools and advice as well as Transition + Exit resources.