With SCORE, Small Businesses Achieve Big Success

Starting and growing a small business can be challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone. Your SCORE mentor will be there to answer questions, connect you with resources and offer guidance throughout the life of your business. SCORE mentors are volunteers, meaning they give their time freely to help business owners like you thrive. They are committed to the success of your business – and because they are all leaders in their fields, SCORE mentors deliver expert advice.

Since SCORE was founded in 1964, we have educated more than 11 million established and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Each year, our 10,000+ expert volunteers provide business mentoring and education in more than 250 chapters in 1,500 communities nationwide, empowering local business owners, boosting regional economies and growing the larger American economy.

Prospective entrepreneurs with a mentor are five times more likely to start a business – and small business clients who receive 3+ hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased business growth.

In 2020, SCORE Columbus helped launch 218 new businesses and create 863 new jobs.  We also provided services 3,378 times to business owners and prospective owners in the greater Columbus area.

A Dream to Reality

“[My mentor]'s ideas have led me down paths I would have never thought of. She has truly helped build this business into what it is today.” - Shawna Bobst, Owner, HEART Mobile CPR

Heart Mobile CPR based in Westerville, OH is a mobile CPR training operation that covers all of Ohio and portions of neighboring states.

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North Street Supply

Story of Success

“SCORE helped us fine-tune our concept to a strong business plan.  With [my mentor] there from the start, we tapped into a wealth of knowledge that got us up to speed faster and shortened that learning curve.” - Lindsay Nathanson, Owner, North Street Supply

North Street Supply based in Granville, OH is a husband and wife duo who make sustainably sourced, ethically produced custom furniture.

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Download the 2020 SCORE Columbus Impact Statement to learn more about how we help small businesses. And find your own mentor to become our next success story!