Starting a business can be a hard and intimidating process as it requires an incredible amount of work, passion, planning, and even some sweat and tears. So, where does one even begin when thinking of starting a business? Luckily, there are resources here in the Bay Area that can help aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. One such resource is SCORE.
SCORE began in 1964 and is a volunteer, non-profit organization that is affiliated with the Small Business Administration. SCORE's main mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. The organization is made up of volunteers who are veteran small business owners with the skills and experience in running a business, and can provide their business knowledge to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.
The local SCORE Silicon Valley chapter began in 1976, and in 2016 SJPL Works formed a partnership with SCORE Silicon Valley to begin offering classes at the library on how to start a business, along with the steps necessary to starting a business in California.
What free to low-cost advice, services, and workshops does SCORE Silicon Valley offer?
- Preparing a business plan
- Identifying customers
- Web and social media marketing
- Finding and securing funding
- Learning the ins and outs of a particular business
- Understanding and managing the day-to-day operations of a business and personnel
What kind of small business can utilize SCORE?
Any entrepreneur or small business can connect with SCORE for free and confidential business help. Whether you are just starting your business or already have a business, SCORE is here to help.
How do I join SCORE?
Call 408-453-6237 or go to the SCORE Silicon Valley website.
How do I get a SCORE mentor?
To apply for a mentor, go to SCORE Silicon Valley and fill out the form to request a mentor. Another option is to call the telephone number listed above and a counselor will take your request to find an appropriate mentor for your type of business. There are over 60 mentors who are available to provide their expertise one-on-one via in-person, phone, email, or video conferencing.
For more information, visit SCORE Silicon Valley
If you are thinking of starting a business or want to check out one of SCORE Silicon Valley's workshops, be sure to attend these upcoming events.