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Greater Rochester SCORE

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Volunteers - Greater Rochester SCORE has almost 100 volunteer members available to provide counseling, mentoring, and workshops to assist small businesses located in the area around Rochester, NY.  Some of the members are retired and have extensive business experience, others are currently working in their own businesses or at Rochester area enterprises.  All volunteer their time and expertise to assist small businesses in our area.

Existing businesses - In addition to working with start-ups and new entrepreneurs, Greater Rochester SCORE offers free specific team counseling services to existing businesses facing challenges.  Greater Rochester SCORE’s experienced counselors provide a free outside perspective on a wide range of business situations.  

Non profits -In recognition of the important role that non-profits play in the vitality of the Rochester region, Greater Rochester SCORE has a dedicated group of volunteers who specialize in assisting non-profits with issues such as strategic planning, governance, marketing (both donor development and client attraction), and business effectiveness. Click here for more information.

Workshops - Greater Rochester SCORE offers two different formats of workshops/seminars.

  • A  four evening series of workshops is offered each spring and fall in conjunction with area community adult education programs.   These workshops provide the participants with basic need to know information for new and potential small businesses.
  • Half and full day workshops on specific topics such as social media, business planning, and government contracting are offered on a regular basis.  See our workshop page for current offerings and dates. Click here for more information on workshops.

National support - As part of the network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. Greater Rochester SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Nationally, our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 13,000 volunteers nationwide.