About Us

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.

SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries.

SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

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.

About the Kalamazoo Chapter

Serving Southwestern Michigan, the Kalamazoo Chapter of SCORE, started in 1975, including a branch in Benton Harbor, has over 30 mentors with over 30 backgrounds.  Our purpose is to help budding entrepreneurs start their new businesses in the very best way possible as well as to help going small businesses with problems they might encounter.

We provide one-on-one, completely confidential counseling in Kalamazoo, Portage, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph-South Haven, Battle Creek, Three Rivers-Sturgis and Albion-Marshall-Coldwater.  These sessions are always at no charge.  We also sponsor a series of useful workshops for the benefit of our clients at a modest charge and have attached several, useful spreadsheets and documents to the Templates and Tools section of this site.