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Get free small business advice to help your business grow and operate efficiently, or to get started. You envision your business growth in 5 years – SCORE business mentors see what it takes to get you there. ​

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In-Person Events Are Suspended, But Online Support Is Available

The health of small business owners, their employees, and the SCORE network of volunteers remain our top priority. To comply with CDC's recommendations, SCORE is temporarily suspending in-person events until further notice. However, continued support is fully available through online modalities.

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Coronavirus Business Resources


FREE Mentoring

SCORE 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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Workshop & Events

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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Resource Library

Browse hundreds of free online tools created just for small business owners. Find business plan templates, website planning checklists, marketing blogs, financial projections spreadsheets and more.

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SCORE Testimonial Videos

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Chicago Featured Business Owners

Chicago mentors have worked with hundreds of small business founders throughout our city. If you're looking for some inspiration, get to know some of Chicago's featured business... 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.

Become A Volunteer