We’re here to help you succeed.

North Coast SCORE mentors have a variety of professional experience and skills to share — at no cost — with business owners like you.

5 Simple Steps to SCORE Mentoring:

Step 1 - Identify your business question

Identify your small business needs and desired support.

Step 2 - Search for a mentor, or let your local chapter pair you with a mentor

Request a SCORE Mentor as your advisor to small business success.

Step 3 - Step 3 - Submit a mentoring request to share your business question with an expert.

Schedule a mentoring session with your assigned SCORE mentor

Step 4 - Start working on your business goals with help from your mentor.

Set goals for your small business with guidance from your SCORE mentor.

Step 5 - Continue working with your mentor throughout the life of your business.

Work with your SCORE mentor through the life of your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

SCORE mentoring is a free service offered to any citizen or permanent resident that owns or wants to start a business. Partnering with you one-on-one, SCORE mentors support your success through offering experienced advice, consulting on best practices, and educating on small business topics.
SCORE mentors bring years of business experience, many of them successful small business owners themselves. Mentors volunteer through SCORE to help other entrepreneurs like you, by sharing their real-world experience and bona fide knowledge in running successful small businesses. SCORE mentors also provide practical tools and resources to make some owner tasks easier.
SCORE mentors will not make decisions for you or complete important ownership tasks on your behalf. They also cannot provide tax or legal advice. However, SCORE mentors can provide clear guidance on what your options are so you can confidently make decisions and take positive action toward your own success.
SCORE mentoring sessions are collaborative meetings between the small business owner and the SCORE mentor. During these sessions, you can share your business goals, progress, challenges and questions. SCORE mentors will offer advice, resources, and insights so you gain clarity on your next best steps.
A SCORE mentoring relationship lasts as long as you need it. That can mean it is a few meaningful sessions to achieve a specific goal or overcome a particular challenge. Or, it can be a SCORE mentoring relationship lasts for years, when you always have a trusted advisor for the life of your small business.

Meet Our Mentors

Accounting & Finance Business Plan Customer Service Human Resources Management & Operations Marketing Technology
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Accounting & Finance Funding/Loans Management & Operations Strategy Development Technology
I can help with the preparation of business plans, evaluation of financing opportunities, accounting and management... Read More >
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Help entrepreneurs increase their likelihood of success. Screen ideas. Read More >
Accounting & Finance Government Regulations Management & Operations Strategy Development
Former commercial lender, and can provide insight into how a lender or investor would view a business, and as a... Read More >
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After my corporate finance career, I purchased a mom and pop small wine business which I had for 10 years. I am very... Read More >
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Consultant's Skills, Industries and Companies

Skills:

  • Accounting
  • Application Software
  • Business Planning and Strategy
  • Financing
  • Change management
  • Information Technology
  • Employee engagement
  • Engineering
  • Event planning
  • Facilitation
  • Finance
  • Food Product Development
  • Franchising
  • Instructional design
  • Leadership development
  • Legal
  • Management Consulting
  • Logistics
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Operations
  • Project management
  • Start-ups
  • Technical Marketing/Sales

 

All counseling is Free and Confidential under a strict Ethics Code.

Industries:

  • Advertising
  • Airlines
  • Angel Investing
  • Appliances
  • Banking
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Publishing
  • Investment Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Retail
  • High Tech Manufacturing
  • Learning and Development
  • Leasing
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit
  • Retail
  • Software Development
  • Trucking
  • Vineyard Management
  • Wine

 

 

 

 

Companies:

  • Accenture,Achieva Consulting
  • Aidells Sausage
  • Allied Van Lines
  • Apollo Group
  • Applebee's
  • Arthur Andersen
  • Bank of America
  • BASS Tickets
  • Bear Stearns
  • Bechtel Corp
  • Creative Research Systems
  • DNF
  • Excel Precision Corp
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard/Agilent
  • ILC Technology Inc.
  • J Walter Thompson
  • KPMG
  • Mazing Foods
  • McCann-Erickson
  • McClure & Tjerandsen
  • Medtronic Inc
  • Miller Freeman Inc.
  • Panera bread
  • Paperloop Inc.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Pro Pork Specialty Pork Producer
  • Quantum Associates
  • Quintiles Transnational Corporation
  • Richard Adler Associates
  • Sonoma County Water Agency
  • Southern Pacific RR
  • Toxicol Laboratories
  • U.S. Leasing
  • Vande Rose Meat
  • World Airways
  • Young Realty

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Not Mentor Ready?

Not ready to meet a Free Mentor to help with your business goals?  Take a free workshop and get more information before you do!

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Request a Mentor

Don't have the time to browse mentor profiles? — Fill out the mentoring request form, and we will pair you with a mentor and assist you in setting up a free mentoring appointment.

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Success Stories

SCORE North Coast has helped thousands of business founders fulfill their dreams to start, build & grow thriving businesses. See what our clients have to say!