SCORE Pittsburgh is a unique organization that offers free mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners. Experienced business professionals are available to assist entrepreneurs with starting, maintaining, or growing a business. All communication regarding your business is free and confidential.
SCORE Pittsburgh has more than 50 mentors who want to help small business owners achieve their goals. Over 20,000 business owners have been mentored through SCORE Pittsburgh with positive results. By seeking advice from other people who have succeeded in your field, you are increasing your chances of successfully navigating your business through unforeseen obstacles.
The mentors at SCORE Pittsburgh are active and retired business people who have a minimum of 35 years of experience in the business world. Mentors complete three months of training when they first sign on to learn how to get to the root of your business questions and answer them correctly. Mentors attend sessions regularly after they enter the program to ensure their skills are always top-notch.
SCORE Pittsburgh offers mentoring to all United States citizens who are aged 13 or older. To request a mentor, fill out the online mentor request form to set up a one-on-one session. A mentor will contact you directly once you sign up. You may also choose an email mentor, who may be drawn from the national database of volunteers. In-person mentors can meet with you at your business, the SCORE Pittsburgh office, or anywhere that is mutually convenient. Meetings generally last one hour, but you may participate in as many additional sessions as you need.
In addition to answering questions, your mentor is also available to help you develop a strategic business plan, discuss any potential ideas you are considering, or solve a business problem that has proved difficult to sort out. SCORE mentors are prepared to help you understand how to maintain and grow your business and ensure you have the knowledge for long-term staying power.
If you are unsure about seeking help personally from a mentor, the SCORE Pittsburgh webpage can still be a helpful resource for your small business needs. The Templates & Tools feature provides online tips for the tasks you find challenging. You can choose the topic from a generated list, or search using a keyword. The result is a detailed explanation on why it is necessary for you to complete a task and how to do so.
SCORE Pittsburgh has recently become a Kiva Zip trustee. Kiva Zip offers 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs who are in need of capital and whose businesses can positively impact society. SCORE Pittsburgh mentors can recommend you for a Kiva Zip Loan Program Endorsement if you meet the requirements for participation.
SCORE Pittsburgh offers online and in-person workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs. Local workshops are held at different locations around Pittsburgh. Visit the Upcoming Events page to see if any local workshops interest you. Online webinars are organized into specific categories so you may choose the workshop that will best answer any questions you have regarding your business. You can register for upcoming workshops or review a summary of past events.