Welcome to San Luis Obispo SCORE

We provide FREE and CONFIDENTIAL one-on-one business counseling by phone, email, and in-person in San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley. We also conduct workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners.

Lifelong Learning Matters

Education is the key to success, that’s why SCORE San Luis Obispo offers business owners a wealth of resources, including workshops and one-on-one mentoring, to continue learning as they build their businesses.

Request 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

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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 workshops, on-demand interactive courses, and recorded webinars are also available online.

Browse the Library

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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.

Local Upcoming Workshops

Live Event
Online

June 30: The Basics of TikTok Digital Marketing

June 30, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In this webinar, you will learn the essentials of TikTok digital marketing such as reputation management, website SEO and paid ads.

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Live Event
Online

July 7: Your Marketing Roadmap - Stop Selling and Start Educating

July 7, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In part 2 of the "Your Marketing Roadmap" webinar series you will learn the effectiveness of educating customers instead of trying to "sell" to them.

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Live Event
Online

How to Leverage Facebook Marketing for your Business

July 8, 2022, 11:30am PDT
Zoom Webinar

Learn how to be more effective with Facebook through Insights, scheduling, events, and Ads Manager with advanced targeting to increase conversion and ROI! This is an intermediate...

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Live Event
Online

July 12: Video Marketing Strategies That Generate Engagement and Leads

July 12, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In this webinar, you will learn how to use video marketing strategies to generate customer engagement and new business leads.

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Live Event
In Person

Build Your Business Roadmap to Success!

July 13, 2022, 3:00pm PDT
Sant Maria Public Library

A successful business, like a new house, is built on a plan for a solid foundation. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to construct 2 forms of business planning: The Business...

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Live Event
Online

July 14: Ask an Expert - Retail Strategies that Address Supply Chain, Automated Technology, Social Commerce and More

July 14, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Join us for an hour-long live Q&A led by retail expert Ritchie Sayner, who is dedicated to answering your retail questions.

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Live Event
Online

July 19: Ask an Expert - Solutions to the Challenges of Rural Business Ownership

July 19, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Join us for this hour-long session solely dedicated to answering your questions about rural business ownership.

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Live Event
Online

July 21: Small Business Cybersecurity and Scam Defense Strategy Update for 2022-2023

July 21, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Cyber experts will provide critical updates on how criminals are leveraging technological advancements to commit fraud and scams and how to protect your business.

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Live Event
Online

Ready, Set, Start Your Business!

July 21, 2022, 5:00pm PDT
Zoom Webinar

Looking to start a business or have recently starting a business? Building a strong foundation early on is key to success and longevity. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to...

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Live Event
Online

August 2: Your Marketing Roadmap - Content, Publicity and Personal Branding

August 2, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Part 3 of the "Your Marketing Roadmap" webinar series will address how to integrate content marketing, publicity and personal branding to grow your business.

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Live Event
Online

September 6: Your Marketing Roadmap - Ask the Questions You Need Answered

September 6, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In part 4 of the "Your Marketing Roadmap" webinar series the floor is open to you to ask our expert your marketing questions.

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Share Your Expertise

SCORE is proud to have the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. They help thousands of entrepreneurs start and grow their small businesses every year. Our volunteers give back to their communities and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Do you want to help someone achieve their dream?

Learn More About Volunteering

SCORE for All

SCORE Empowers All Entrepreneurs

We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches.

SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All. 

Visit SCORE for All

 

San Luis Obispo Diamond Award

SCORE San Luis Obispo Earns Prestigious “Diamond Leadership Award”

The national office of SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business,” has honored SCORE San Luis Obispo with the “Diamond Leadership Award” for outstanding performance in 2020.  Less than 10% of the 330+ SCORE chapters across the United States are bestowed this highest recognition for service and operations excellence. Additionally, in order to be considered a Diamond chapter, you have to have been awarded as a Platinum level 5 years in a row.

San Luis Obispo Most Improved Chapter

SCORE San Luis Obispo honored as Most Improved Chapter in the District for 2020

SCORE honored the San Luis Obispo Chapter as the Most Improved SCORE Chapter in the 942 District for 2020. The award recognizes San Luis Obispo SCORE for exceptional growth in the services provided to local entrepreneurs, a wide range of free workshops, and excellent face-to-face free mentoring. San Luis Obispo SCORE expanded its services to include San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley.

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