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At SCORE, we believe that America succeeds through its spirit of entrepreneurship, through the success of small businesses like yours - driven by new ideas, hard work and the strong desire to succeed. Learn more about us here.  Sign up for Local Seminars conducted by experienced business owners and corporate executives. Sign up for a Free face-to-face session with a SCORE Mentor.

About SCORE - We are a non-profit organization of volunteers who have successfully set up and run small or large companies. This is our 50th year of mentoring small businesses in America.

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  • I have an idea for a new business but where do I start?
  • I need a business plan to apply for a bank loan, who can guide me?
  • My business is facing challenges, how do I tackle them?
  • I am ready to take my business to the next level, can I get professional advice?

Become a SCORE Volunteer and Make Dreams Come True

 

Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.

SCORE volunteers provide confidential business mentoring services, both in person and online. We lead seminars and workshops to help small business owners meet their goals and achieve success. We help expand outreach of SCORE through marketing and alliance building in our local communities. We provide subject matter expertise by industries and professional skills.

 

Volunteering as a SCORE mentor means you are joining a community of 13,000 diverse volunteers who are all committed to helping small business owners succeed. Whether you have owned your own small business, come from a Fortune 500 company, retired, college student, have a sincere commitment for helping small businesses or volunteering, there is a place for you as SCORE volunteer.

As a SCORE Volunteer You Can:

• Share your success and expertise through mentoring
• Lead workshops and seminars
• Provide online or telephone mentoring directly from your home or office
• Serve in a leadership capacity with SCORE
• Serve in another capacity at SCORE (Marketing, IT, administration, finance, fundraising, HR, etc.)
• Have flexibility with your volunteering time

 

Benefits of Volunteering:

SCORE volunteers enjoy a variety of personal, local and national rewards. As a SCORE Volunteer, you:

• Enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the success of others
• Share great experience with other SCORE volunteers
• Provide leadership in the business community
• Gain recognition and respect as a business mentor
• Grow professionally and personally
• Participate in lifelong learning
• Make new friends

Join SCORE Today
Share your experience. Register today by completing the application link below.
BECOME A SCORE VOLUNTEER TODAY!

http://www.score.org/volunteer

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At SCORE, we have many success stories.  We will be posting some of them here for inspiration.

SCORE Orlando

SCORE Pitch Fest

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Pitch Fest

Business Pitch Contest

Win over $6500 in Cash Prizes!

Calling entrepreneurs and start-ups!

Come and present your Business Pitch in front of the Business Community and Distinguished Panel of Judges.  Get Exposure and Win Prizes!

Last date April 18, 2014. ENTER NOW!

Download Entry Form

Download Contest Details

Download Rules and Regulations

Idea. Pitch. Win.

Grand Prizes

  • Two First Prizes:  $ 1500 Cash + Services
  • Two Second Prize:  $ 1000 Cash + Services
  • Two Third Prizes:  $ 750 Cash + Services

"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come"


Unique Business Idea + Impactful Presentation

That's the magic formula! If you think you have both, pit yourself against the best that Orlando has to offer!

You can enter in either of TWO Categories:

  • Established Business

If your company has been in business for at least 2 years

  • Emerging Business

If you are still at the drawing board or have been in business less than 2 years

Great Opportunity

  • Win Cash Prizes and Free Services
  • Get Exposure for Your Big Idea
  • Get Valueable Feedback from Distinguished Judges
  • Network with other Enrepreneurs

How to Enter

Read Contest Details, Rules and Regulations.

Download and complete the Business Pitch Fest Official Entry Form

Email your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marking "subject" as "Pitch Fest Contest Entry - First Name / Last Name of Entrant".

Contact Us

Phone: (407) 420-4844

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Web:  www.SCOREorlando.org

 

SCORE Orlando BizFest 50

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Please click here to register online for BizFest

SCORE Orlando BizFest 50 | Expo for Entrepreneurs

Celebrating SCORE’s 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, SCORE has been in the business of helping small business owners succeed. Our mission is to help small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Thanks to our committed group of volunteers and support from Small Business Administration (SBA) and other partenrs, we are able to offer these services for very minimal cost or free. To mark the occasion, we are organizing SCORE Orlando BizFest 50.

The SCORE Orlando BizFest 50 will be a free expo for local entrepreneurs and small businesses to attend, gain new business insights, network,, as well as meet local policymakers, bankers, and business leaders. The event will take place on May 13, 2014 at the National Entrepreneurship Center. More details can be found at the end of this post.

At the BizFest, we will have speed counseling sessions, which will consist of 15-minute sit-downs with our expert mentors, to answer any questions you may have about your business. We will have two, 90 minute panel discussions: Funding for Success and Social Marketing. The Funding for Success seminar will focus on topics such as crowdfunding, bank and debt funding, venture capital, angel investing, grants, and more. The Social Marketing seminar will focus on topics such as digital media, SEO, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogs, and more. Both panels will have 3 experts on the respective topics.

The BizFest will also feature a “Shark Tank” style event, called the ‘PitchFest Contest’ where 6 chosen finalists (3 new business owners, and 3 existing business owners) will get to pitch a business idea in front of a panel of venture capitalists, bankers, and entrepreneurs. The finalists will be competing for cash prizes and business services.

The event will conclude with an Awards Presentation for the PitchFest winners, a Keynote Address and a Cocktail Networking Hour .

The SCORE Orlando BizFest
May 13, 2014
1:00-7:00p.m.
Free Admission; Arrive Early

Please click here to register online for BizFest

National Entrepreneur Center
3201 E. Colonial Drive (Fashion Square Mall)
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 420-4848

 

Business Plan Winners

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Two clients of SCORE Orlando were honored at the NAWBO Business Plan Competition Luncheon held on September 26, 2013 by the National Association of Women Business Owners Among a group of 31 contestants, Carolyn Bailey of Treasure Box Kids was one of three finalists in the Established Business category, and Janel Young of NAVA PETS was the winner in the Emerging Business category! SCORE Orlando congratulates Janel, and Carolyn and the SCORE Counselors who have been mentoring them. For more details click here. To know more about the finalists' businesses, go to these links: NAVA PETS and Treasure Box Kids

http://www.navapets.com/  http://www.treasureboxkids.com/

SCORE Client News

Stacey Paul Barabe

Local Entrepreneur and SCORE Client wins Prestigious New York Award

When BizBash, the leading trade media for event and meeting organizers and event marketers, announced the winners for the first National Event Style Awards, there was a pleasant surprise for Stacey Paul Barabe of Exhilarate Events. After reviewing thousands of submissions from across North America, a panel of meeting and event experts named Exhilarate Events as the First Prize Winner in the Best Team Building Event or Program category. Stacey Paul Barabe, Certified Special Event Professional, a veteran award winning producer, and event planner, has worked in the meetings and events industries for over 16 years. She is a client of SCORE Orlando's Growth Accelerator Program. Read more at: http://exhilarateevents.com/2013/11/20/in-a-new-york-minute/#8thash.Dr9Kz8oF.dpuf


About SCORE

Our Mission
SCORE grows successful small businesses across America, one business at a time.

We Help Small Businesses Like Yours
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 12,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

Contact us

  • Address: Fashion Square Mall 3201 E. Colonial Dr. Suite A-20, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Tel: (407) 420 4844
  • Fax: (407) 420 4849
  • Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.