What is SCORE?


SCORE is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business mentoring and advice service. SCORE was formed in 1964 as a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE’s mission is to help aspiring and existing businesses succeed. Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than nine million aspiring entrepreneurs.

SCORE provides:
• Free and confidential one on one mentoring
• Workshops and seminars in Central Oregon
• Business tools and templates
• Access to live webinars, on-line workshops and other tools for small business owners

Why use Central Oregon SCORE?
• 10+ years as a local presence with access to national resources
• 15 Central Oregon mentors with an average of 30 years of real business experience
• Wide variety of experiences including strategic planning, IT, finance, retail, manufacturing and sales.
• Our stable of experts are fully certified in SCORE’s proprietary mentoring methodology

What’s new with Central Oregon SCORE?
• SCORE National has presented Central Oregon SCORE with its 2015 Platinum Designation. The designation, which is awarded to less than 30 percent of SCORE’s 320 Chapters, recognizes

SCORE Central Oregon for its support of the local business community.
• SCORE Central Oregon has been part of the Central Oregon small business community for over 10 years. In that time, the chapter has provided mentoring to hundreds of area small businesses.
• “We are honored to receive such recognition from the SCORE National,” says Central Oregon SCORE Chapter Chair Bob Cone. “Our volunteers have a passion for business and are committed to the success of Central Oregon small businesses. Central Oregon has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and SCORE Central Oregon takes great pride in helping those small businesses succeed.”

SCORE Central Oregon, www.scorecentraloregon.org, 541 316 0662

Local SCORE seminars
In partnership with the Deschutes Public Library, SCORE Central Oregon is pleased to present free seminars designed to help anyone who has a small business or is thinking of starting a small business.

February 3 • 5:30-7:30pm
Downtown Bend Library
Business Planning and Goal Setting
Find out the why and how of the business plan, the importance of having both mission and vision statements, how to assess the competitive market, how the library can help with your research and more.

March 1 • 5:30-7:30pm
Redmond Public Library
Principles of Accounting
Are you in the dark about how accounting works? Gain a basic understanding of the balance sheet, double entry accounting, profit and loss and the chart of accounts while actively participating in creating transactions that will help you learn these concepts.

March 2 • 5:30-7:30pm
Downtown Bend Library
Social Media Made Simple
Is Social Media a business tool or just a waste of time? Learn how to use Social Media strategically to bring real results for your business. Make Social Media a resource not a nuisance. Learn how to spend less than 15 minutes a day in Social Media to gain real results.

May 4 • 5:30-7:30pm
Downtown Bend Library
Everything You Wanted to Know About Small Business Financing
But Were Afraid to Ask

Learn about business financing from two local small business financing experts. Learn about what banks are looking for, what is crowd sourcing and what support is available from the State of Oregon.


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Robert Cone Chapter Chair Central Oregon SCORE

SCORE Central Oregon, www.scorecentraloregon.org, 541-316-0662

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