Central Oregon

SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.  The Central Oregon SCORE chapter, with twelve counselors on staff, provides small business entrepreneurs free and confidential business counseling services throughout the Central Oregon area.  

(For our free and confidential  business mentoring, please register online by clicking on the green box to the right)

SCORE Central Oregon's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling.  We provide one-on-one mentoring for people planning to start a business, and for those already in business who are looking to improve their performance. Areas where SCORE can help:

     Starting a business - How?  Should you?
     Reaching milestones such as:
          Time for a growth spurt
          In danger of closing
          Need more financing
          Personnel problems of growth
          Sales and/or profits declining
          Changing location
          Exploring new markets
          Changing positioning or unique selling proposition
          Exploring methods to reduce seasonal declines
          Selling a business
          Buying a business
     Improving cash flow and/or profitability
     Developing low/no cost ways to promote a business
     Learning how to network
     Obtaining an SBA loan
     Improving process efficiency
     Crowd funding
     General decision making
     Solving human relations problems
Click on the tab marked "News" at the top of this page for additional articles covering a number of business topics.

For additional resources to help you with your business questions, especially in areas where our SCORE chapter is unable to help, such as legal issues and tax planning, please click on the tab at the top entitled "Templates and Tools".  




SCORE Central Oregon provides free consultations by experienced executives for entrepreneurs who have questions about starting and running a business.  Available walk-in consultations will be provided at the Downtown Bend Library (second floor) on Tuesdays, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Sign up at the library for a half-hour meeting, first come, first served, but everyone will be served.  (Library sessions will be suspended for our summer break during the months of June, July and August, and will resume in September)

With access to a wide variety of documents, templates and tools to assist you in starting or growing your business, the information provided here covers a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, government agencies, and much more.