SCORE Small Business Counseling
Do you know SCORE?
SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.
SCORE is associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration as a resource partner. It is a volunteer group of retired men and women who provide the small business community with high-quality management information and assistance by means of FREE one-on-one counseling.
About the Oshkosh Chapter
The Oshkosh Chapter offers free counseling to help you start or improve your business. We have 18 counselors with in excess of 700 years of experience. The counselors have diverse business and professional backgrounds, including accounting, architecture, banking, construction, engineering, food and beverage service, manufacturing, non-profit, retailing and taxes. All of our counselors are available to provide FREE counseling to both startup and existing small businesses in Winnebago County.
How to reach us for counseling appointments
For a face-to-face meeting with a counselor:
- Register online at www.score.org. Click on the "Get Started" link. You can set up a meeting based on mutually available times/schedules.
- For a local mentor, enter your zip code and fill in the connecting contact form. To connect online with a mentor with the business skill and/or industry experience you need, click on the "Search Mentor" link.
- If you are looking for help with your existing (3+ years) business and need help in multiple areas, just note "Business Scan" in the field "Please describe the business questions you need."
Here are some tools that may help immediately
- Self-Evaluation Checklist for Going into Business
- Checklist for Starting a Business
- Business Plan Outline
- Summary of Questions and Marketing Plan Outline
- Client Self-Assessment Worksheet
- Sample Business Plan
- Non-profit checklist
Websites for Small Businesses
- SCORE - The national organization with business articles, office locations and e-mail addresses of counselors.
- Small Business Administration - Information on their programs to help small business. Their Wisconsin website also is helpful.
- Entrepreneur Magazine - Information on many topics, including starting a business, money, marketing, sales, advertising and the ability to post a question to their panel of business advisors.
- The Small Business Advisor - Various areas of advice useful to new and existing small businesses.
- Fox Cities SCORE - The Appleton office of SCORE offers the same services as Oshkosh in the northern section of our territory.