The Boston Chapter of SCORE, with over forty members, both retired and working, have significant experience in the ownership, operation and/or management of both small and large businesses in many fields. Members offer free counseling and mentoring to those who wish to start or build existing businesses in the Boston area. We operate with a main office in Boston and branch offices in Allston, Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Framingham, Lexington, Newton, Norwood, Quincy/Braintree, Waltham, and Watertown/Belmont.
The Boston Chapter of SCORE offers individual free counseling, low-cost workshops, and free team visits to business locations to conduct business reviews. SCORE teams provide counseling designed to assist your business to:
- Increase the value of a business by growing sales, earnings, and cash flow
- Identify and solve operating problems
- Recognize and capitalize on new business opportunities
- Make needed changes and add new systems
- Develop business plans
- Find sources and qualify for needed financing
We work closely with other organizations in the Boston area to bring information and our services to the small business community. We speak at many events and trade shows throughout the year.
JOIN US AT SCORE
Are you retired or semi-retired from business, the military, the government or a profession, have substantial experience in business or a business-related field and enjoy working with people? Are you interested in using your experience and skills to help others succeed with their small business dreams?
SCORE Chapter No. 20, the Boston chapter, actively recruits volunteers with a wide range of business experience. We especially welcome applications from women, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and members of other minority groups.
The SCORE counseling position is best suited for individuals with substantial business or business-related experience who have reached a stage in their careers when they feel it appropriate to "give back" to the small business community their time, knowledge and experiences so nascent entrepreneurs and small business owners can either start or grow their businesses. Therefore, this is not a position/opportunity for an individual to solicit business for his or her own business. In fact, we have a strict ethics and conduct code that prohibits counselors from personally benefiting from counseling or conducting workshops. We are all volunteers and receive no compensation or reimbursement for our time and our travel.
Time wise, we expect all counselors to devote one day a week to counseling and one day a month to a Chapter meeting. We also expect counselors to be involved in some Chapter activity such as workshop planning or presentations, Chapter systems and IT, marketing, making legislative contacts, public relations, undertaking community outreach, fund raising, lining up speakers for Chapter meetings, recruitment and volunteer coordination, or administration. All counselors are encouraged to serve at some point on our Executive Committee, and they are also encouraged to consider serving as a Chapter officer such as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Workshop Coordinator or Membership Coordinator.
All new counselors, wherever they may end up counseling on a permanent basis, undergo a three month training/orientation program one day a week in our main office in Boston, and during this time they also our workshops "How to Start a Business." At the end of the training/orientation program, the prospective counselor and the Chapter decide if there is a good fit, and assuming there is, a determination is made about the Chapter activity in which the new counselor will be initially involved. All counselors are expected to be computer literate, and while familiarity with the use of the Internet by small business is not mandatory, it is a big plus.
The education and training we provide to entrepreneurs has a significant impact. Statistically, on average every seven counseling sessions results in one additional position created and every ten counseling sessions results in one additional company being formed.