Welcome to SCORE Silicon Valley!

The coronavirus has hit small businesses hard, but SCORE's 10,000 mentors can help you during this difficult time.  Connect with a SCORE Silicon Valley Mentor to receive free business advice. Our Mission is to provide resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses. We specialize in serving nonprofits, too!

Ruoyu Loughry of Loughry CPA

"My mentors are always willing to help with their years of experience and wisdom. They ask very good questions to get me brainstorming, and then help me pull back my thought train to stay focused. Everytime, they summarize our conversation, and leave me homework for the next meeting. With Bill and Larry, I am growing business, challenging my own limits, and contributing more with confidence. I strongly recommend business owners come to SCORE to get help. As you start or grow your business, SCORE will be along the way to support you."

Ruoyu Loughry,

Owner, Loughry CPA
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"My mentor, Paul Barsley, far exceeded my expectations for navigating the logistics of how to set up a business. He even gave me great advice for how to make that business successful - including marketing and business planning advice."

Danielle P Seybold,

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Patience Buckwalter, founder of Grape Leaf Café and Empowerment Center

“Rob Gelphman was able to support by helping me rethink priorities, set goals, and focus. Rob was delighted by our product, and his enthusiasm was wonderful fuel, especially during stressful times. His unique combination of humor, libanility, experience and thoughtful coaching was a huge asset to our business. I would not hesitate to recommend SCORE mentoring for anyone I know who needs business support. It is an invaluable offering to this community, and I am impressed and grateful for the generosity.”

James Brake,

Co-Founder and Executive Director, NourishBot

What's happening in November?

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November 26th

Small Business Saturday

Last year SCORE helped clients start 25,084 new small business around the country! Which local small business will you support? Shop small business and make a big impact!

View Success Stories
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November 29th

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global movement unleashing the power of radical generosity to transform communities around the world. Help our small business community thrive by contributing to SCORE.

Donate Today

Find Your Mentor Today

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Whether you're just starting out, in business, or ready to sell or retire, you can get FREE, confidential business advice from expert advisors committed to helping you succeed. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video.

Attend a Workshop or Webinar

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Register today for our no-or low-cost business training. We provide education on a variety of business topics, including marketing, finance, and accounting, management, and others. Live webinars, on-demand interactive courses, and recorded webinars are also available online.

Browse Business Resources

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If you're looking for free, local business templates, guides, blogs, or other helpful tools, SCORE is your destination. Browse our resource library to get the latest in small business strategies and trends. Use the information you find in the library to grow your business knowledge.

Upcoming Events

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Small Business: Understanding credit & how to improve your credit score-12/5/22

December 5, 2022, 11:30am PST

Do you know how your credit score affects your ability to secure funding for your business?

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How To Build A Website for Your Business - Live Q&A

December 6, 2022, 1:00pm EST

Want to know how to build a website for your business? Our expert presenter will answer your questions live! Register now and learn how to get customers online!

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How To Write A Business Plan and Avoid Getting Stuck

December 7, 2022, 1:00pm EST

In this webinar, you will learn how to create a professional business plan to help you take action and how to avoid getting stuck in the planning process.

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Marketing hands on workshop - How to build buyer personas - 12/7/2022 - C0405

December 7, 2022, 10:00am PST

The goals of this hands-on workshop include developing clear definitions of your typical buyers, a clear sense of the customer journey that customers take, and how to generate...

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How to Trademark Your Business Brand

December 8, 2022, 1:00pm EST

In this webinar, our expert presenter will explain the basics of trademarks and how it can help protect your business brands and identifiers.

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Small Business and Start Up Financing - 12/8/22

December 8, 2022, 11:00am PST

Learn about different methods to finance your business, such as debt, equity, capital investment.

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Should I Start a Business? - 12/9/2022

December 9, 2022, 9:30am PST

So, you have an idea for a business. Now what? We can help you decide whether and how to proceed. This workshop is presented at no charge in conjunction with the NOVA Job Center

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Harness the Power of Listings & Reviews - 12/12/22 - C0405

December 12, 2022, 10:00am PST

No matter what type of business or organization you have, listing and review sites play an important role in getting found online, generating awareness, and helping people...

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Can You Start a Business in a Recession?

December 13, 2022, 1:00pm EST

Join our free webinar! Learn the advantages of starting a business in a recession! Discover how to prepare now so you can flourish in economic downturns!

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Plan Your Website for Online Success - 12/14/22

December 14, 2022, 10:00am PST

You know you need a website for your business. But, how do you set it up for online success? First, you need to have a solid plan in place. Fortunately, this webinar will help...

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Starting an E-commerce Business – Tips to Selling Online

December 15, 2022, 1:00pm EST

In this webinar, you will learn the basics of e-commerce and how you can successfully find customers and sell your products online.

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Nonprofit Seminar: Financial Statement Basics for Nonprofit Businesses -12/15/22

December 15, 2022, 10:30am PST

For Nonprofit staff and Board members it is critical to have a strong familiarity with financial statements and being able to read them.

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Starting a Business - How To Build a Foundation That Lasts

December 20, 2022, 1:00pm EST

In this webinar, you will learn the tools, mindset and skills you’ll need to build a solid business foundation that will help you overcome future obstacles.

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Starting A Business On Shoestring Budget In 2023

December 28, 2022, 1:00pm EST

Join our free webinar! Starting a business on a budget is becoming easier than ever before. Moving into 2023, learn how you can save money starting a business.

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Getting Certified as a Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned or Veteran-Owned Business

December 29, 2022, 1:00pm EST

View the on-demand course modules, then attend this live Q&A dedicated to answering your questions about Supplier Diversity & Certifications.

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Give back to small businesses

Small business owners in our community need your help now more than ever. SCORE is proud to have the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. They help thousands of entrepreneurs start and grow their small businesses every year. Our volunteers give back to their communities and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Do you want to help someone achieve their dream?

Apply Today!

 

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SCORE Empowers All Entrepreneurs

We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches.

SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All. 

Visit SCORE for All

 

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Returning To Our Roots

We are excited to announce we are returning to our roots as the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

As ambassadors of the tenth largest City in the nation we promise to continue to connect you, represent your interest before government, and promote the community. We will serve a broad and diverse cross-section of San Jose businesses and entrepreneurs to be successful, grow and thrive.

Visit San Jose Chamber of Commerce

 

Small Business Resource Guide

Small Business Resource Guide National Edition Spring 2022

 The hardworking, mission-focused team at the U.S. Small Business Administration created this guide to share valuable tools and services that exist to support you, America’s 32.5 million small businesses and innovative startups, as you pursue the American dream of business ownership. The Small Business Association 2022 Spring National Resource Guide identifies valuable tools and services that support business owners in their efforts to start, grow, expand, and recover their businesses.

Download the Guide

 

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