Frequently asked questions about SCORE.

What does SCORE mean?

  • The acronym Score was derived from  “Service Corps Of Retired Executives”. The fact that a growing number of members are still actively working enables our Counselors to remain fresh. Thus we are now  known as “Counselors to America’s Small Business”.

What is SCORE?

  • SCORE is an Association that is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Who funds SCORE?

  • Limited funding is provided by the Federal Government through the SBA. Chapter #87 relies on the generous support of the Counties, the Cities and local businesses. Our expenses are kept low by the fact that all the counselors donate their time free to the chapter.

Who gives this advice?

  • Volunteer counselors are experienced owners or managers of businesses that volunteer their time to help small businesses succeed.

How much does it cost?

How many free business counseling sessions am I entitled to?

  • You can come back for as many sessions as you wish. Each session will last for approximately one hour. SCORE counselors are interested in your success and will follow up to see how you are progressing.

What qualifies SCORE volunteers to give business advice?

  • The key qualification SCORE counselors bring to the table is real-world experience. SCORE volunteers have specific industry and general business expertise. Counselors may be retired business owners, business executives or operations managers. Many volunteers work full-time.

Are business secrets safe with SCORE?

  • Yes. All SCORE counselors honor the client’s right to proprietary and confidential information. That information remains confidential as provided by SCORE’s Code of Ethics. Counselors reaffirm their commitment for the association’s Code of Ethics each year.

How big is SCORE?

  • Our Chapter, which serves Volusia and Flagler counties, has about 25 active members.  We are looking for new members, particularly active executives. (see Volunteers Needed)  There are 12,000 active and recently retired acvolunteers nationwide serving in over 375 chapters.

How old is SCORE?

  • Nationally SCORE was formed in 1964,and Chapter #87 started  in 1965 .
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