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Our Mentors

Accounting & Finance Funding/Loans Tax Planning
I recently lost my husband and have time to fill. Read More >
Accounting & Finance Business Plan Customer Service Franchising Management & Operations Marketing Strategy Development Technology
When I was growing my businesses for over 28 years I actually attended SCORE seminars and had a SCORE mentor to receive... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Funding/Loans Management & Operations
My wife and I have recently relocated to Cedar Rapids from the UK, where I had lived for 18 years. I am eager to make a... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Management & Operations Marketing Sales
Having started and run 3 businesses I have experienced all aspects of starting and managing a business from the ground... Read More >
Legal
Time for me to find some new volunteer/charitable causes - I recall my pal, Frank Torrens, used to participate in SCORE... Read More >
Business Plan Customer Service Management & Operations Technology
I have been a business owner for 25 years. Started 3 businesses and have a key partner in other start ups. Have been... Read More >
Business Plan Government Regulations Legal Management & Operations Product Development Technology
Business Plan Funding/Loans
My background is in business lending... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Business Plan Funding/Loans Human Resources
By sharing the lessons learned during my career. I worked for a number of smaller businesses where I started with a... Read More >
Marketing
Currently General Manager and SVP of KZIA. Previously Director of Sales and Senior Sales Person. Experience in food... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Marketing Strategy Development
I am a retired SBA loan specialist. While at SBA, I processed and liquidated SBA guaranteed loans. I owned and operated... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Marketing Strategy Development Technology
Accounting & Finance Management & Operations Tax Planning
Worked for a public accounting firm for 42 years as a CPA, mostly in the taxation area. Read More >
Accounting & Finance Government Regulations Human Resources Legal Management & Operations Marketing Strategy Development
I can help guide your research and planning for your business dream. My experience and expertise are in leadership,... Read More >
Human Resources Management & Operations Marketing Strategy Development Technology
How I can help you is to pass along all that Ive learned over the years working at the worlds largest internet leader... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Business Plan Funding/Loans Management & Operations Strategy Development Technology
Having sered as CFO and Secretary to the Board of Directors for 10 years with a small software compny that we... Read More >
Government Regulations Human Resources Management & Operations Product Development Strategy Development
My main way to help you is through operations, efficiency, quality control, and financial measures. 21+ years Navy -... Read More >
Management & Operations Strategy Development
Grocery Retail 22 years Financial Services 18 years Read More >
Accounting & Finance Human Resources Legal Management & Operations Strategy Development
I can help you start and grow a business, assist in financially analyzing the business and business planning Read More >
Business Plan Funding/Loans Import & Export Legal Management & Operations Product Development Strategy Development
Functional work experience in production, distribution, and supply chain management; international sales; corporate... Read More >
Human Resources Management & Operations Strategy Development
Human Resources -- Staffing, Training, Compensation; Conflict resolution especially involving ADR/Mediation;... Read More >
Marketing Technology
I can help clients understand the basics of what they need to know about having a web presence for their new or... Read More >
Accounting & Finance Strategy Development
Commercial Lender for 20 years. SCORE mentor since 2008. Worked with wide variety of small businesses to help identify... Read More >
Management & Operations Strategy Development
Frugal entrepreneur with over 48 years of business experience starting as a paperboy at age 14. Read More >
Accounting & Finance Business Plan Management & Operations Tax Planning
I owned my own CPA practice for thirteen years and then had the experience of merging my practice into a large regional... Read More >

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Frequently Asked Questions

SCORE mentoring is a free service offered to any citizen or permanent resident that owns or wants to start a business. Partnering with you one-on-one, SCORE mentors support your success through offering experienced advice, consulting on best practices, and educating on small business topics.
SCORE mentors bring years of business experience, many of them successful small business owners themselves. Mentors volunteer through SCORE to help other entrepreneurs like you, by sharing their real-world experience and bona fide knowledge in running successful small businesses. SCORE mentors also provide practical tools and resources to make some owner tasks easier.
SCORE mentors will not make decisions for you or complete important ownership tasks on your behalf. They also cannot provide tax or legal advice. However, SCORE mentors can provide clear guidance on what your options are so you can confidently make decisions and take positive action toward your own success.
SCORE mentoring sessions are collaborative meetings between the small business owner and the SCORE mentor. During these sessions, you can share your business goals, progress, challenges and questions. SCORE mentors will offer advice, resources, and insights so you gain clarity on your next best steps.
A SCORE mentoring relationship lasts as long as you need it. That can mean it is a few meaningful sessions to achieve a specific goal or overcome a particular challenge. Or, it can be a SCORE mentoring relationship lasts for years, when you always have a trusted advisor for the life of your small business.