SCORE Twin Cities provides expert guidance and assistance to thousands of start-up and existing businesses, just like you.

Our goal is for you to receive the help you seek and be successful in your business. Below you will find a few points that we believe may be helpful as you start your small business journey with SCORE Twin Cities. If you have any additional questions, contact us and we will get back to you soon.

How much does it cost for SCORE mentoring?

Nothing. All mentoring services are at no cost to the community. Our people give so you can succeed!

How do I request a mentor?

Go to the "Find a Mentor" page.

How is the mentor assigned?

Based on the information you provide, we’ll assign a mentor whose experience and knowledge best fits your needs. It’s important to provide detailed information about your company and your needs in order to make the best fit. Mentors are assigned frequently, and they’ll contact you within 48 hours of assignment.

Who are SCORE mentors?

Active and retired business professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs who are committed to helping you grow a successful business.

Does SCORE provide legal advice?

You can receive free, brief legal advice through LegalCORPS. For more information, click here.

Does SCORE provide loans or investments?

While we don’t provide loans directly, SCORE mentors can help strengthen your business plan, increasing the likelihood of obtaining bank loans, and other financing. To secure funding we’d suggest starting with the banking institution you’re working with now. Where guidance may be needed on the SBA funding partners, click here.

How often can I meet with a SCORE mentor, and how long does the relationship last?

You can meet with your SCORE mentor as many times as you like, but you’ll have to work out a schedule that works for both of you. The duration of the relationship is also under your control.

Will SCORE mentors do the work for me, such as creating a business plan?

We don’t do the work for our clients but work side by side with you answering your questions, providing guidance, and assisting in areas that are important to your business.

Can I hire a SCORE mentor, or will they try to sell me anything?

No, see the SCORE Code of Ethics for the details.

Can I receive counseling before opening a business?

Certainly. In fact, it is recommended that you build a plan and review it with your mentor before you start your business.

Can my established, growing company receive counseling?

Absolutely. Our mentors enjoy helping you get more business and happiness from your life at work in any stage of small business.

Will SCORE mentors provide me with a business idea?

Generally speaking, no, this is an area SCORE mentors can help you define based on your aspirations and ideas. In order to go through the trials and tribulations of starting a business, you need to be highly motivated, have a clear idea of what business you’re in, who your customer and competition are, what demand exists in the market for your product or service and what capital needs your idea will have to start and flourish. We’ll guide you in answering these questions.

How long does it take to start my new business?

It depends on you. With a little help from your mentor, you can start a new business at a pace that’s appropriate for your needs. Your mentor will provide you with the necessary tools and resources you need to make good decisions at a pace that’s right for you.

How much do the SCORE seminars cost?

Generally, there’s no cost for our workshops and seminars. Where a cost may be accessed, the price is in the on-line registration form.