Get Free Expert Help from SCORE Charlotte to Start & Grow Your Small Business.

Our Mentors are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses. We offer free and confidential mentoring along with low-cost or no-cost business training, and numerous templates and tools.

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Find Your Mentor Today

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Whether you're just starting out, in business, or ready to sell or retire, you can get FREE, confidential business advice from expert advisors committed to helping you succeed. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video.

Attend a Workshop or Webinar

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Register today for our no-or low-cost business training. We provide education on a variety of business topics, including marketing, finance, and accounting, management, and others. Live webinars, on-demand interactive courses, and recorded webinars are also available online.

Browse Business Resources

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If you're looking for free, local business templates, guides, blogs, or other helpful tools, SCORE is your destination. Browse our resource library to get the latest in small business strategies and trends. Use the information you find in the library to grow your business knowledge.

Upcoming Workshops

Live Event
Online

How to Drive Sales, Adapt and Experiment presented by TRUIST

September 22, 2021, 12:00pm EDT
ONLINE via ZOOM

Join us to discuss how you can "Rebuild" sales to meet new customer needs, buying preferences and favored channels. As well as learning how to "Flex" your entrepreneurial skills...

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Live Event
Online

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - Sept 22

September 22, 2021, 5:30pm EDT
Zoom meeting

Is Starting a Business Right for You? Start-up Basics: This is a FREE introductory workshop in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Live Event
Online

Psychological Safety and Trust: The New Imperative at Work and at Home - Sept 23

September 23, 2021, 12:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

Psychological Safety and Trust: The New imperative at Work and at Home This is a FREE Webinar

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Live Event
Online

Promote Your Business with Podcasts

September 23, 2021, 7:00pm EDT
https://bit.ly/3lfxxHW

Podcasting can be an effective way to market your business.

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Live Event
In Person

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series #3 - Sept 2021

September 28, 2021, 12:45pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

VIRTUAL SIMPLE STEPS FOR STARTING YOUR BUSINESS WORKSHOP #2 This series will be conducted over 4 consecutive Tuesdays, Sept 21, 28, Oct 5 and 12 Attend all 4 sessions for $150.00...

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Live Event
Online

Power of Texting for Business

September 28, 2021, 7:00pm EDT
https://bit.ly/3j29kTS

Many of the things we need to communicate with more urgency than ever before can now be done via text!

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Live Event
Online

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - Sept 30

September 30, 2021, 12:45pm EDT
Zoom meeting

Is Starting a Business Right for You? Start-up Basics: This is a FREE introductory workshop in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Live Event
Online

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - Oct 6

October 6, 2021, 5:45pm EDT
Zoom meeting

Is Starting a Business Right for You? Start-up Basics: This is a FREE introductory workshop in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Live Event
Online

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps - Oct 7

October 7, 2021, 6:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

SCORE Charlotte, the Southwest Region of the Small Business Center and the Union County Public Library have partnered with the official Grow With Google team. Get Your Local...

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Live Event
Online

Social Media Essentials For Business - Oct 12

October 12, 2021, 12:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

Social Media Essentials For Business. Social media can be overwhelming for business owners.

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Live Event
Online

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - Oct 13

October 13, 2021, 5:45pm EDT
Zoom meeting

Is Starting a Business Right for You? Start-up Basics: This is a FREE introductory workshop in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Live Event
Online

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - Oct 21

October 21, 2021, 12:00pm EDT
Zoom meeting

Is Starting a Business Right for You? Start-up Basics: This is a FREE introductory workshop in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Live Event
Online

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - Oct 26

October 26, 2021, 5:45pm EDT
Zoom meeting

Is Starting a Business Right for You? Start-up Basics: This is a FREE introductory workshop in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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Live Event
Online

How to Protect your Business from Risks that Block your Success by TRUIST

October 27, 2021, 12:00pm EDT
ONLINE via Zoom

The pandemic has increased business risks, like exposure to cyber fraud, lawsuits and changed overall risk tolerance for many businesses. Are you prepared? Learn how to protect...

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Live Event
Online

Franchise Ownership: Is It Right For Me - Oct 28, 2021

October 28, 2021, 12:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

Franchise Ownership Workshop presented by FranNet and SCORE Charlotte

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SCORE for Veterans

Veteran business owners play a significant role in the US economy.

In 2016, the US Census Bureau reported that veterans own a whopping 7.5% of small businesses in the US – that’s 405,235 businesses out of 5.4 million nationwide! SCORE  has compiled resources that will help veterans start or grow their businesses.

Resources for Hispanic owned business owners & entrepreneurs

Hispanic entrepreneurs are the fastest-growing group of business owners in the U.S. 

With the advice of SCORE mentors and Hispanic business leaders we have collected educational content, and online workshops to give you all the assistance you need to reach your goals. Remember, a helping hand is just a click away.

SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs

Right now, Black entrepreneurs are facing unique barriers to business success.

At SCORE, we’re working to change that by removing those obstacles and providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. That’s why we created SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs: to meet you where you are and get you where you want to go.

SCORE for Women Entrepreneurs

SCORE Charlotte is here to help women small business owners.

Our Mentors are ready to help you fulfill your business ownership goals and achieve greater success.  Along with resources and tools created especially for women entrepreneurs, SCORE offers free business mentors. SCORE mentors, many of them successful women small business owners in their own right, are ready to help you achieve your business goals.

Visit SCORE for Women Entrepreneurs

 

Diamond Chapter Excellence Award SCORE Charlotte

SCORE Charlotte earns Diamond Chapter Excellence Award 2020

Our chapter's excellence is a reflection of our volunteers and the clients we've served. Our volunteers have worked exceptionally hard through a difficult year and persevered to provide valuable mentoring and educational opportunities to clients facing unprecedented challenges.

North Carolina District Chapter of the Year Award SCORE Charlotte

SCORE Charlotte awarded North Carolina District Chapter of the Year 2020

This award recognizes SCORE Charlotte Chapter's leadership, dedication and commitment to serving small businesses in our community. Our chapter’s innovation and business mentoring has led to this award. 

Grow with Google High Impact Partner Badge

SCORE Charlotte is a High Impact Partner

The Grow with Google Partner Program provides free resources that community organizations can use to teach digital skills that can help people grow their careers and businesses. Partners receive, at no cost, program materials, training and a dedicated support team.

Help small businesses not just survive, but thrive.

Our amazing team of volunteer mentors has helped entrepreneurs navigate through all stages of their businesses, especially through difficult times. This is a great chance to give back to your community during these unprecedented challenges. Share your talents and expertise to help small businesses turn obstacles into opportunities for growth.

Become A Volunteer