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The mission of SCORE is to help existing and emerging small businesses succeed by providing face-to-face counseling at no charge and access to workshops and free resources.
SCORE, counselors to America’s small business, is a national, non-profit association composed of more than 12,000 retired and semi-retired executives and business owners. It is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). Our more than 75 chapter members share their business experience and provide free counseling to anyone who is operating a small business or thinking about starting one. In addition, we provide free and low cost workshops and seminars on topics vital to non-profits and small businesses alike.
The Fox Valley SCORE chapter has counseling offices throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, covering the 6 counties of DuPage, Kane, Will, DeKalb, Kendall and McHenry. Counseling offices are located in Aurora, DeKalb, Elgin, Elmhurst, Joliet, Lisle, McHenry and Naperville.
Volunteers contribute about 10 hours a month, doing counseling online or face-to-face, presenting workshops, facilitating round tables, and maintaining relationships with Chambers, banks and community leaders. Other member activities involve serving on committees for fund raising, technology, marketing, client workshops, member training, etc. All volunteers honor a code of ethics to insure confidentiality and avoid conflicts of interest.