Frequently Asked Questions
What is SCORE?
The SCORE Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration.
Who are SCORE’s mentors?
SCORE Association volunteers serve as "Counselors to America's Small Business." Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.
Why should I use SCORE?
- SCORE has volunteer mentors who share their expertise across several industries.
- We offer free, confidential business counseling.
- We offer free business tools, templates, and tips here on our website, and on our social media pages.
- Inexpensive business seminars and workshops offered on a weekly basis.
Do I have to make an appointment, or are walk-ins ok?
Either one! Walk-ins are welcomed at the SCORE offices located at Fashion Square Mall, but you can also set up a 1-on-1 appointment by calling us at Phone: (407) 420-4844 or emailing us at
How much is the counseling?
The counseling is offered free of charge.
What kind of classes do SCORE offer?
SCORE Orlando offers a variety of classes and seminars to its clients. It offers classes on a variety of business topics: Marketing, Social Media, Developing Business Plans, Developing Financial Plans, Taxes, Health Care, etc. For a full list of offered classes, click here.
How much do the classes cost?
The classes are offered at a very low, affordable cost. Prices vary. Check for our upcoming seminars, and their prices, here.
Do I have what it takes to own and manage a small business?
To determine if you what it takes to succeed in starting and running your own business, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I a self-starter?
- How well do I get along with a variety of personalities?
- How good am I at making decisions?
- Do I have the physical and emotional stamina to run a business?
- How well do I plan and organize?
- Are my attitudes and drive strong enough to maintain motivation?
- How will the business affect my family?
After asking these questions of yourself, ask someone else who knows you well who will provide you with honest answers. Compare their answers to yours and consider your options.
Do you give out legal advice?
No. You can discuss business situations with SCORE advisors if needed, but advisors cannot tell you what actions to take in any matter.
Do you do taxes?
No. Advisors can discuss business situations involving your taxes, but cannot do them or tell you how fill and file your taxes.
What is a business plan?
A business plan is a written summary of what you hope to accomplish by being in business and how you plan to organize your resources to meet your goals. It is a vehicle to describe your business and your product or services, and is a road map for operating your business and measuring progress along the way. The plan describes the market, the industry, customers and competitors, your products/services, your marketing plans and your operations along with sales and cash flow forecasts. The business plan is a document that should change as your business grows.
Do I really need a business plan?
Yes, you really need a business plan in order to ensure success of your company. Proper planning is a necessity when starting your own business. And SCORE Orlando is here to help you develop your business plan, and your business. For free!
Will SCORE help me write and complete my business plan?
No, we will not write or complete the business plan for you. However; our SCORE counselors will provide you with information, tools, methods and guidance to assist you in preparing your business plan. We will review and critique it. We also offer workshops on preparing business plans.