About SCORE

The San Luis Obispo county chapter of SCORE was formed in 1984 and celebrates this, its 30th year helping small businesses.  SCORE SLO has an office in San Luis Obispo at 4251 South Higuera Street Suite 800, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.  Our members are retired and professionally active executives and business owners who provide advice to entrepreneurs wishing to start, fix or expand a business in San Luis Obispo County.  Our payback for the time, expertise and advice we provide is your success.  We are there for you for the long haul.

The mission of SCORE is to provide professional guidance and information to small or new businesses in order to strengthen our local economy. Here are some of the many things we can do for you:

MENTORING SESSIONS - No Fee

Click below to sign up for 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.

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 the San Luis Business Center and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in Santa Maria at he MIYB Spaces from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. ).    Follow-on sessions are set by the client and mentors at a convenient time. 

WORKSHOPS - No Fee

SCORE currently sponsors three regular workshops:  Starting a Business (held on the third Wednesday of the month), Marketing Your Business (held every other month) and the Business Plan Workshop (held quarterly).  These 3 workshops are held at the San Luis Business Center 4251 South Higuera Street Suite 800 in San Luis Obispo from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  To reserve your seat, click on the underlined text, call 547-0779 or e-mail us at info@sloscore.org.

A fourth workshop, Running a Business, is held in conjunction with the local chambers of commerce and is held at times and locations set by the chambers.  Announcements of upcoming Running a Business workshops are also shown on the Workshops page.  Click on the Local Workshops tab for further information.

TEAM MENTORING - No Fee

SCORE visits existing businesses on site to better understand their issues and work with clients in formulating a plan to address these problem areas.

E-MAIL MENTORING - No Fee

SCORE provides email counseling for clients who prefer this approach as a means of communications. By clicking here you are directed to a our National resource of email mentors with expertise in virtually every facet of business expertise.  Should you wish to work with an email mentor in San Luis Obispo county, our email address is: info@sloscore.org.

HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

This publication is in its eighth edition and contains information vital to starting a business in SLO county.  It provides the processes and procedures necessary to begin and run a business and local contacts (government and private) that provide a smoother implementation of your ideas.  The entire publication is available here online.