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

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September 29: 2022 Year-End Tax Planning for Your Business

September 29, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Learn what actions you can take to favorably impact your 2022 tax bill and what federal changes you should be aware of so you know what tax breaks apply to you.

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Live Event
Online

How to Leverage Facebook Marketing for your Business

October 5, 2022, 11:30am PDT
Zoom Webinar

Learn how to be more effective with Facebook through Insights (analytics), scheduling, events, and Ads Manager (advertising and Boosts) with advanced targeting to increase...

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Online

October 11: Cybersecurity 101 - How to Protect Your Business from Cyber Threats

October 11, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In this webinar, you will learn how to identify cybersecurity threats and steps you can take to protect your small business.

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October 12: Help Businesses Increase Holiday Sales with Google Tools

October 12, 2022, 12:00pm EDT

In this webinar, you will learn how to use Google tools like Google Business Profile and Google Merchant Center to drive sales during the holiday season.

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October 19: Do You Have What it Takes to Run a Business? Step-by-Step Self-Assessment Workshop

October 19, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Successful entrepreneurs have several things in common. In this webinar, you will learn what those qualities are, which ones you have and which ones to develop.

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October 20: Starting a Business – Real Stories and Knowledge Exchange from Women Entrepreneurs

October 20, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month, we have invited business owners and SCORE mentors to share their journeys and answer your questions.

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October 27: What You Need to Know Before Moving Forward With Your Business Idea

October 27, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Are you ready to start a business? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to build a foundation of skills, experience, and support necessary to run a business.

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November 9: Do You Have the Personal Finances to Start a Business? Step-by-Step Financial Assessment Workshop

November 9, 2022, 1:00pm EST

New businesses usually don’t make a profit for 6 to 18 months. This webinar will teach you how to assess your finances and avoid financial pitfalls.

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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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