Resource Highlight: SCORE

SCORE, a nonprofit with over 320 chapters across the U.S., helps entrepreneurs launch and develop their businesses. SCORE offers:

  • free and affordable business workshops and webinars
  • free business mentoring.

Compass suggests meeting with a SCORE mentor. Take advantage of receiving one-on-one sessions from an experienced business professional. SCORE provides business owners with access to advice from professionals across a number of industries—including sales, marketing, and finance.

Marty Sack, a volunteer with Boston SCORE, shared insight into his role as a business mentor:

An appointment is successful when I can help an entrepreneur clarify their ideas and make it a reality. I like when I am able to help move my clients ahead and help their businesses function more efficiently.

I can help my clients with a little bit of everything—drafting a business plan, marketing, preparing an elevator speech, securing funding the business, choosing the correct business structure, and much more. I can also refer my clients to other professionals in our network. If you need to meet with a CPA or attorney, then SCORE can connect you with the appropriate professional.

To locate a SCORE mentor or learn more about workshops near you, visit