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

December 2: Win Customers With Your Website

December 2, 2021, 1:00pm EST

Learn the critical role your website plays in your online marketing strategy and how to get everything working together to achieve your goals.

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Live Event
In Person

Are you Making These Common Mistakes on LinkedIn?

December 3, 2021, 11:30am PST
Zoom Webinar

Professionals look to LinkedIn for information on fellow professionals. If you are on LinkedIn, odds are that your profile there will come up when someone googles you. What does...

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Live Event
Online

December 7: What’s Next for Small Businesses as Covid Capital Relief Funds Wind Down?

December 7, 2021, 1:00pm EST

This webinar will cover information you need to know about the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Relief program and other resources.

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Live Event
Online

December 9: Conversion-Boosting Strategies: Simple Changes that Can Help Grow Online Sales

December 9, 2021, 1:00pm EST

Common reasons customers abandon carts and simple, strategic changes you can make – including user experience tips, returns solutions and more.

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Live Event
Online

How To Create Marketing Graphics Like A Rockstar With Canva

December 10, 2021, 11:30am PST
Zoom Webinar

No need to hire a graphic designer or invest in expensive software…Canva can help you create marketing graphics like a rockstar! We will show you tips and hacks to bring your...

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Live Event
Online

December 14: The New Must Have Marketing Strategy For 2022

December 14, 2021, 1:00pm EST

2022 will bring in some fundamental changes to the way we market our products and services, requiring us to adjust strategies, campaigns, and budget.

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Live Event
Online

How to Begin Your Business

December 15, 2021, 5:00pm PST
Zoom Webinar

READY? SET. GO! Starting a business of your own is exciting but we bet you have lots of questions. If you are thinking of starting a business, or have just started one, this...

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Live Event
Online

December 16: Google My Business for Home-Based Business Owners - Get Found Without Using Your Home Address

December 16, 2021, 1:00pm EST

This session is tailored to the unique needs of entrepreneurs who do not have a storefront but want to capitalize on the benefits of Google search.

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Live Event
Online

Business Plan and Business Model Canvas

December 16, 2021, 5:00pm PST
Zoom Webinar

Starting a business? Growing a business? Business planning is THE roadmap to success. SCORE will show you two forms of business plans: the Business Model Canvas and Traditional...

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Live Event
Online

December 28: Critical Questions & Information Needed to Do Proper Business Planning

December 28, 2021, 1:00pm EST

Starting a business is a tough decision and needs proper planning. We'll cover the essentials of creating a business plan through a simple step-by-step process.

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Online

January 6: 2022's Hottest Businesses, Markets & Trends

January 6, 2022, 1:00pm EST

The start of a new year is the perfect time for small business owners and startups to learn the newest business trends and startup ideas.

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Live Event
Online

January 20: 10 Key Steps to Grow Your Solo Business

January 20, 2022, 1:00pm EST

Starting a business is not easy, but successfully building a business that brings in profit is even more difficult. So how can you grow your solo business into a profitable brand...

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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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