Who we are and what we offer to Small Business Owners and Start Ups

Who We Are

We serve counties in the Greater Cincinnati, OH, Northern KY & SE IN area including:

  • OH – Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland & Warren counties
  • IN – Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio & Union counties
  • KY – Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton & Pendleton counties

Our chapter includes approximately 100 Volunteer Business Executives and Specialists with highly successful and diversified business backgrounds who give of their time to help small businesses succeed.  Did you know?

  • 41% of our clients last year were in business and 59% were starting a business.
  • Clients we worked with created 400+ new jobs in the Cincinnati area last year.
  • 56% of our clients are Women, 31% are Minorities and 12% are Veterans.
  • We provided over 2,800 Face to Face, Group, and E-mail Counseling sessions last year.  
  • We also provided a wide variety of free and low-cost workshops on topics ranging from Startup Basics, Business Plan Development. Financial Mgt,. Social Media for business and Marketing & Sales Strategies etc. 
  • And Free access to our library of over 100 small business-related educational briefs for clients to continuously educate themselves on better business practices.  

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Services We Offer

Free One-on-One Mentoring

It's free! It's unlimited! We provide you with expertise that will start you on the right path towards your business goals. Learn what to do and what not to do by leveraging the knowledge and experience of our SCORE Counselors. No matter what your business, you will find someone who can help you in the greater Cincinnati area.  As one client recently said about one of our counselors, “The SCORE Counselor was very helpful, listened to my questions and concerns and helped me to break things down so it didn't seem so overwhelming.”

Free Team Mentoring

Available to all local SCORE clients on Wednesdays, with emphasis given to those already in-business with more complex needs.  One (1) hour appointments are scheduled with each client with ongoing periodic follow-up meetings to discuss progress.  At each meeting, clients meet with several SCORE counselors who have different business backgrounds and areas of expertise to meet their needs.  Recommendations on different ways to overcome their challenges are discussed and then all align on a plan of action.  As one SCORE client recently stated, “Score (Group Counseling) has been extremely helpful… Score professionals are just that - they are pro's who give their time and energy to start-up businesses and I don’t think I could have made it the last month without their assistance.”

Business Workshops & Events

SCORE offers a series of very popular low-cost and FREE workshops, CEO Roundtables, and events throughout the year. A sampling includes:

"Starting and Nurturing Your Business" provides a comprehensive overview of what you should know about starting and successfully operating your own business.

"Financial Management and Funding" focuses on the financial aspects of owning a small business, including how to get funds from institutions and how to manage your cash.

"Marketing/Sales Strategies for Small Businesses and How to Effectively Use the Web" deals with how to create a marketing plan, including competition, price, and advertising considerations, as well as using the Internet to improve your earnings.

These seminars and many others are conducted by SCORE members and local resource partners, and they encourage open discussion as they share their expertise and experience. The programs have been praised by those who have attended them, local lenders, and the Small Business Administration.  

The Greater Cincinnati SCORE Library

Leveraging the expertise of our counselors we have written 100+ easy to understand FREE proprietary Business Briefs on a wide variety of business subjects including:  Buying a Business, Financial Management, Marketing Your Product, Buying a Franchise, Insurance, Legal Issues, Developing a Business Plan, Taxes, Pricing, Organization Structures, Loans, Start-Up, Fictitious & Trade Names, Marketing Strategy, Cash Flow Projections, Leasing vs Buying, SBA Programs, Advertising, Patents & Copyrights, Trademarks & Service Marks, Independent Contractors, E-Commerce, Taxes, Licenses & Permits and Credit to a Customer.

You will receive free copies of those Business Briefs relevant to your business during your counseling session.

SCORE Membership

If you are interested in sharing your business expertise with others by becoming a member of SCORE, please CLICK HERE for more information.