SCORE Chicago

SCORE Chicago’s 100+ mentors and consultants provide services from over 30 locations in Cook and part of Will County. We offer free business mentoring, consulting and low-cost business education workshops on a wide range of topics, from insurance and financing to website and social media marketing, in the downtown office and in community locations. SCORE mentors can advise clients about options for loans and other types of business financing. SCORE and the SBA do not provide financing directly.

About

SCORE Chicago’s 120+ mentors and consultants provide services from over 30 in Cook and part of Will County.

  • We offer free and low-cost business education workshops on a wide range of topics, from insurance and financing to website and social media marketing, in the downtown office and in community locations.
  • SCORE mentors can advise clients about options for loans and other types of business financing. SCORE and the SBA do not provide financing directly.

SCORE Chicago’s Volunteers

  • Come from a variety of business and ethnic backgrounds
  • Are experienced business executives and entrepreneurs who volunteer their time to help others start their businesses
  • Can draw on the expertise of other Chicago mentors, or reach out to the more than 13,000 SCORE mentors nationally.

Services

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Tax Services
  • Valuation

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment
  • Bonding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Matching Funds
  • Microloans
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Venture Capital

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
Primary ContactKeith Coleman
Address500 West Madison Street
Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone(312) 353-7724