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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August 11: Live Q&A - Expert Advice and Solutions for Black-Owned Business Challenges

August 11, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Join our National Black Business Month webinar as we celebrate with a panel of experts dedicated to answering your business questions.

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The 50 point checklist for selling your business

August 11, 2022, 5:00pm PDT
Zoom Webinar

Gary Bayus will show you how to prepare your business for sale, even if you are ten years away from the hammock. The things you do now will help you get the maximum amount for the...

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Starting a Business

August 17, 2022, 5:00pm PDT
Zoom Webinar

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 workshop is a perfect...

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August 18: Email Marketing Strategies to Propel Your Business Growth

August 18, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In this webinar, you will learn fundamental and advanced email marketing techniques that will help you connect with more customers and grow your business.

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Social Media Marketing

August 19, 2022, 11:30am PDT
Zoom Webinar

Learn the different social platforms and how they are best leveraged for a variety of unique selling positions! Participants will practice creating engaging post plans to create a...

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August 23: Three Key Principles to Help Your Business Work for You

August 23, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

What do you do when your business takes over your time and money? In this webinar, you will learn how to make your business work for you.

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August 25: How to Start a Business for Creative Types, Idea People, and Anybody with Passion

August 25, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Are you a writer, painter, carpenter, or have some other marketable talent? In this webinar, you will learn how to take your passion and start a creative business.

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Business Model Canvas – Just the Ticket!

August 25, 2022, 5:00pm PDT
Zoom Webinar

The Business Model Canvas is a one page description of your business gives your business visibility to the essential people who can help you start and grow your business. Learn...

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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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September 8: HUBZone Certification Process and Program Updates

September 8, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In this webinar, our presenter will explain how the HUBZone Certification Program can open the door for your business to receive federal contract dollars.

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September 20: Business Types and Models that are Recession Resistant

September 20, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

In this webinar, our expert presenter will look at past recessions to determine business trends, types, and models best suited to resist future economic downturns.

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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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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?

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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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