Cleveland Score

Cleveland Score is a 501C3 Non-Profit, one of over 250 Score chapters around the country, and an affilliate of the Small Business Administration (SBA)

We serve small business owners and startups, including non-profits, in Northeast Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga, Ashtabula, Huron, and Erie Counties

What is Cleveland SCORE?

Cleveland SCORE is a 501C3 volunteer mentoring organization, one of over 250 Score chapters around the country affiliated with the Small Business Administration. We provide free mentoring, resources and advice to people who are in business or want to start a business.

Who gives this advice?

The volunteers of SCORE Cleveland are experienced owners, executives, or managers of businesses that volunteer their time to help small businesses succeed.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for individual mentoring. Most Cleveland Score workshops or webinars are free.

How many free business mentoring sessions am I entitled to?

As many sessions as you wish. Each session might last up to a hour, or more. SCORE Cleveland 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 Cleveland volunteers bring to the table is real-world experience. SCORE Cleveland volunteers have specific industry and general business expertise. Volunteer mentors may be retired business owners, business executives or operations managers. Many volunteers work full-time. All volunteers receive Score training in mentoring methods and must yearly train and recertify with National Score ethics requirements.

Are business secrets safe with SCORE?

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