SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES Volunteer with SCORE

 

As a SCORE Volunteer:

  • Support local entrepreneurs
  • Network and build new relationships
  • Help grow your local small business community
  • Expand your skillset and professional reputation
  • And more!
 

Give Back in Many Ways

SCORE is looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates. Review the descriptions of the volunteer roles at SCORE, find the best one for you, then apply. Your local chapter will contact you to learn more about you and to share information about onboarding and training, SCORE’s code of ethics, and other pertinent details for the role.

Business Mentor

Business Mentor

What you’ll do:

  • Advise small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Guide clients in developing business plans and business growth
  • Share business knowledge, experience, and practical “know how”
  • Inspire business owners to achieve their ownership dreams

Qualifications:

  • Broad and deep experience as a business owner or as an upper-level business manager
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours/month

Subject Matter Expert

Subject Matter Expert

What you’ll do:

  • Support mentors and business owners in answering questions related to your area of expertise
  • Share deep knowledge in a targeted functional area
  • Offer practical “know how” and specialized knowledge

Qualifications (any):

  • Proven mastery of a specialized business topic such as ecommerce, accounting, human resources, technology, and others
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Time Commitment: 2-10 hours/month (as needed)

Local Workshop Presenter

Workshop Presenter / Roundtable Facilitator

What you’ll do:

  • Deliver locally-developed business training
  • Teach new concepts and information
  • Engage small business audiences

Qualifications:

  • Public speaking and/or training experience; experience in education a plus
  • Proven mastery of a business topic or strategy

Time Commitment: 2-10 hours/month (as needed)

Chapter Support

Chapter Support

What you’ll do:

  • Manage local chapter activities
  • Support your chapter with administrative functions
  • Be the face of SCORE in your local community

Qualifications:

  • Project management, administration and organizational skills
  • Computer proficiency

Time Commitment: 5-15 hours/month

SCORE Orange County Volunteers Making a Difference

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Mentors

SCORE Volunteer Spotlight: Joseph Curiel

I have over 10 years experience as a banker in business lending. Asesoria en Espanol; Tengo conocimiento de como optener prestamos para negocios. Les puedo audar en desarrollar ideas y como empezar tu negocio. Asesoria en preparar un Plan de Negocio. Read more

Mentors

SCORE Volunteer Spotlight: David Wild

I can help improve your sales pitch and marketing strategy. As Sales Director, I bring over 30 years of experience managing national brands. Read more

Mentors

SCORE Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Hyun

I can help SCORE clients with starting and growing new businesses, develop a marketing plan, strategic plan, operations management Read more

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer multiple volunteer roles to fit many levels of experience, skills, and time commitments — from experienced business mentor to local chapter support. Review the roles listed above to find a great match for you. Your local chapter will contact you for an interview to understand your volunteer goals and interests. Then apply!
SCORE volunteer roles are varied and the qualifications for each are different. Check out the roles and apply to volunteer. Your local chapter can help you find the best role fit for you.
As a SCORE Volunteer, you will be part of a large, highly-respected, national non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of small businesses across the U.S. You will work with many great people, all with a common vision to support small business owners. You will have the support and infrastructure of a local chapter and national headquarters to give you the tools and opportunities to excel as a volunteer.
The reasons to volunteer range from professional development to personal gratification. At SCORE, you get it all. You will grow and expand as a business professional working with small businesses. You can also directly help individual entrepreneurs achieve success. Ultimately, you will know that you have made a positive impact on business owners in your community.
To become a SCORE volunteer, you will need to complete a volunteer application. Your application will be sent to the SCORE chapter near you for review. SCORE will contact you for an appointment to interview you to understand your experience, background and interest.

 

Why Volunteer with SCORE?

BUILDING A FUTURE

Quite simply, if you want to make a lasting impact in your small business community, SCORE is the place to do that. Since 1964, SCORE has educated and mentored more than 11 million small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Small Business Mentoring Leader
Over 10000 volunteers serving clients in over 1500 communities

SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide business mentoring and education in more than 250 chapters across 1,500 communities nationwide.

Support for Everyone
Of SCORE's 2020 Client Base 60% are women, 46% are minorities, and 9% are veterans.

SCORE helps all owners and entrepreneurs nationwide. We offer business mentoring services and many resources and tools for all small businesses, including programs created for underserved audiences.

Big Impact to Small Businesses
2020 SCORE Mentoring Statistics

In 2020, SCORE mentors helped start 45,027 businesses, create 74,535 non-owner new jobs and 119,562 total new jobs.

LEAVING A LASTING IMPACT

As a SCORE volunteer, you will leave a lasting impact in your local business community. You will have the chance to work alongside other community-minded, business volunteers to build your local small business community.

Among the many reasons why SCORE volunteers love their roles:

  • Give back to your business community
  • Expand your business reputation locally
  • Network with local and national business experts
  • Develop new skills and SCORE training
  • Build deeper connections to your local community
  • Receive local and national recognition for your efforts
  • Invest your time and efforts positively help others
 

Asesor de pequenos negocios en Espanol

 

Si Ud tiene experiencia en pequenos negocios y tiene tiempo para dedicar a ayudar a la comunidad hispana
en obtener exito, le invitamos a que participe con SCORE y ayude a emprendedores a empezar sus negocios o
a ayudar a evitar errores que cometemos en los negocios,

 

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Learn more about our volunteer opportunities:


Mentor

A SCORE mentor is an advisor who helps individuals and small businesses reach their goals. Mentors provide free business advice and education to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

As a mentor, you’ll help clients solve problems, make businesses more efficient, and assist with developing long-term business plans.

Apply to be a Mentor
 

Additionally, you may discover new sources of insight and knowledge to help your own business and leadership style. Teaching others how to manage people or projects, along with illustrating ways to succeed in other aspects of business, could inspire you to continue with your own professional growth—all of this while helping your local community.

The ideal mentor is empathetic, flexible, and loves connecting people to the right resources. Mentors often have significant experience within their field, excellent communication skills, and the ability to dedicate a few hours a week.

Subject Matter Expert

As a SCORE subject matter expert (SME), you assist clients with your specific skill set and expertise. In this role, you will co-mentor alongside one of SCORE’s certified mentors. You will provide free business advice and education in your area of experience to clients who want to start, grow or exit their businesses.

As an SME, you’ll have access to an amazing network of SCORE volunteers and many resources for professional growth—while helping small businesses in your community. Subject matter experts should have the ability to dedicate a few hours per month.

Share Your Expertise

 

Workshop Presenter

Are you interested in volunteering with SCORE but don’t think mentoring is the best role for you? Consider volunteering as a workshop presenter.

Workshop presenters share their business acumen with their local community.

Present a Workshop

 

As a workshop presenter, you’ll:

  • Create and deliver presentations in your community
  • Facilitate roundtable discussions
  • Lead educational seminars, meetups and other networking events
  • Track the statistics on your workshop program

If you have a few hours to give once a year, our SCORE clients will benefit from your expertise.

 

 

Chapter Support Roles

If you don't wish to mentor or train entrepreneurs but still want to volunteer, there are many other ways that you can help.

Every SCORE chapter depends on the talent and time of volunteers to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of small business ownership.

Volunteer with SCORE

 

We’re currently looking for general volunteers to work on specific projects. These volunteers are staffed on tasks based on their unique skills and are welcome to assist with leadership and support tasks—they really are the backbone of the organization. For example, you might be able to sharpen your email marketing, networking and social media skills while helping your local business community. If you are interested in aiding a local chapter with data and analytics, pulling reports, helping with local events, or serving in other capacities that will make your local chapter more effective, let us know.

Examples of chapter support roles include:

  • Community Ambassador
  • Partnerships & Fundraising
  • Media Contact for National and Local PR
  • Marketing
  • Chapter Administrator
  • IT Administrator
  • And more.