SCORE has been counseling new and existing businesses for over 50 years and has a network of over 13,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs. SCORE San Luis Obispo has been counseling local businesses for over 30 years. You will see the word mentoring in our description of our services. We at SCORE look at each client meeting as part of continuing series of meetings where we guide you to solutions. Counseling can imply someone telling you what to do, we include you in in the process - we mentor you.
As highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs, SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.
These SCORE mentors will help you start and grow your business through free and confidential business advice (?)online(?) and in person. Start now by choosing one of the two options below:
Choose the mentoring type you feel is appropriate: Face to Face mentoring or Team Mentoring.
- Face to Face Mentoring: Typically these sessions cover a startup business idea or a specific issue for a business owner. The sessions are one hour in length and consist of the client describing the issue or business idea, an open dialog where the mentors (typically two) discuss the idea and ask questions, a set of actions to be taken over the next period of time and a set date when the client and mentors either meet again or exchange information.
- Team Mentoring: Typically these sessions are requested by an existing business. The initial session is also typically held at the SCORE office. In this session the mentors will listen to the business owner's description of both the business and the range of issues for the company. This first session allows SCORE to determine the best makeup of the Mentoring Team. Subsequent meetings can be either held at the business location or at the SCORE offices.
Request A Meeting
Once you have registered for mentoring: You will receive a call from our coordinator to set up either an initial Face to Face Mentoring or Team Mentoring evaluation session during our normal mentoring times (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in San Luis Obispo at 1228 Broad Street and, in Santa Maria, the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at the MIYB Spaces from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.). Follow-on sessions are set by the client(s) and mentors at a convenient time.