Service Corps of Retired Executives

To use the management experience of retired and active business management professionals to counsel and train potential and existing small business owners.

All client counseling information is confidential.

In an excerpt from a 2010 interview the SCORE CEO discusses its counseling and workshops offerings to small businesses.

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Agency - Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Office - The initial contact can be made directly with SCORE chapters, with SBA District Office, or with the SCORE website at

See Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Since SCORE was established in 1964, it has helped 7 million people start or grow their small business. SCORE links volunteer business professionals, who have management expertise, with the owners/managers of small businesses and community organizations in need of management counseling. There are approximately 11,500 SCORE volunteers serving in all 50 States and U.S. possessions.

Uses and Use Restrictions

SCORE members volunteer their small business counseling and mentoring services to the public free of charge.

Small business training workshops are offered for a low fee.

SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and works with the agency to serve aspiring and existing small business owners.

A small business owner interested in getting help from SCORE should contact the local chapter, the SBA District Office, or SCORE's website,

The SCORE national office and the Small Business Administration's field offices can make referrals.

Counseling is also available from the SCORE web site at

SCORE volunteers are reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses and do not accept compensation for counseling.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All existing and potential small business owners are eligible.

The business must be independently owned and operated, and not dominant in its field, and must conform to SBA size standards.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Small business people benefit.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Personal or written application (SBA Form 641, Request for Counseling).

Award Procedures





Small Business Act of 1953, as amended, Public Law 95-510, 15 U.S.C. 637.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length varies as appropriate.

Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



Grants: FY 07 $4,936,000; FY 08 $4,950,000; and FY 09 $4,950,000. Administrative Expenses: FY 07 $4,863,000; FY 08 $5,080,000; FY 09 $5,272,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

SBA Act, SOP 60-10-2A, SCORE Operating Manual, Counselor's Professional Development Program Annual Report and Brochures.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

The initial contact can be made directly with SCORE chapters, with SBA District Office, or with the SCORE website at See Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

National SCORE Association Office, 1175 Herndon Parkway, Suite 900 Herndon, VA 20170. Telephone: (202) 205-6762.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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