Consider joining the 30 men and women members of the San Luis Obispo County SCORE organization.  If you would enjoy putting your business or professional experience to work by helping small business owners overcome the contingencies of running their own business, plus assisting people in starting their business on the right track, SCORE is for you!

Your skills and knowledge (whether they lay in the areas of turn-arounds, start-ups, finance, marketing, operations, engineering, etc...) can be invaluable in assisting SCORE clients.

What is SCORE?

SCORE chapters are composed of retired and existing business owners and executives who volunteer to counsel individual people in the management of their existing or startup business.

What is the time Commitment?

SCORE expects a total time investment of 10-12 hours a month.  Your monthly activities could include counseling sessions with clients, once a month attendance at the chapter meeting, workshop planning or implementation of the SCORE marketing plan to educate the public regarding the service of SCORE.  You could also use your leadership and administrative skills in chapter executive responsibilities.

We provide three primary services to the business community:

Consulting

Our clientele come to us to obtain assistance with business problems.   The problems range from "Is this a good idea for a business?" to "How do I expand my business and maintain the existing revenue flow?"  We counsel in teams of two people.  As a counselor, you might be on call for 2-3 half days per month.

We also conduct counseling through e-mail contacts - locally and nationally.  The national e-mail counseling is based on the background of the counselor (e.g., agro-business, marketing or retail).

Workshops                         

There are numerous workshops currently provided by SLO SCORE members and invited industry experts.  For example, the workshop, How to Begin Your  Business, explores the important fundamentals of forming any business. It covers startup issues such as business plan development, marketing, cost control and cash flow.  The Business Plan workshop  provides an overview of the traditional business plan, describes the primary elements of Marketing, and provides an explanation and sample of a Profit and Loss Statement.  The Marketing Your Unique Business workshop discusses in depth the concepts of Unique Selling Proposition, Branding and the Marketing Process. Other workshops deal with the importance of Social Media and Website Design. Click here to be routed to the Local Workshops page to see dates and times for upcoming workshops.

Publications

The members have written a website EGuide titled How to Start a Business in San Luis Obispo County providing not only a guide to starting a business, but also local contacts in city and county governments, banking and other organizations, helpful to a startup.  In order to address a larger portion of the county population, it is available in both English and Spanish.

Benefits of Membership

  • Enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the success of others.
  • Gain the respect and recognition of your peers and associates.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge that led to your successful career.
  • Provide leadership to your community.
  • Enjoy opportunities for ongoing education.

Valued Member Skills

  • Business, administrative, management and professional expertise.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Interpersonal communications.
  • Analytical and problem-solving.
  • Ability to grow and take charge.
  • Desire to stay current with the evolving business community.

How do I find out more?

Fill in the information requested on our Volunteer page.