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Experience and passion define our team. We have served Southwestern Michigan since 1975, plus we have a branch in Benton Harbor. There is a mentor waiting to speak with you. 

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Success Stories

SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan has helped thousands of business founders fulfill their dreams to start, build & grow thriving businesses. See what our clients have to say!

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MENTORING WORKS!

Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.

Our Mentors

Business Plans / Startup Assistance Customer Relations Human Resources Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Non-Profit Operations Strategy & Planning Technology
Community engagement is a passion for me. I have a great portion of my career in business development, workforce... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Buying or Selling a Business Human Resources Operations Technology
I recently retired from running my own business. I would like to use my experience in starting, growing, and selling a... Read More >
Accounting & Cash Flow Buying or Selling a Business Financing / Capital Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Product Development & Manufacturing Technology
I have recently left my job as President and CFO for manufacture and would now like to help other people achieve their... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Customer Relations Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Operations Strategy & Planning
To help budding entrepreneurs, as well as current business owners, find ways to help their businesses succeed by... Read More >
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I have spent basically my whole career working retail/restaurant management. I have learned great deal of what not to... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Government Regulations & Contracting Human Resources Operations
Diverse leadership experience in multiple industries specializing in the development and operationalization of... Read More >
Government Regulations & Contracting Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Operations
Accounting & Cash Flow Operations
I have been a CPA for 28 years and the last 18 years as a single member LLC in St Joseph. Our practice specialized in... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Customer Relations Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Other Strategy & Planning
Accounting & Cash Flow Business Plans / Startup Assistance Operations
Working Career: Retail Banking, particularly in Consumer, Commercial and Mortgage Lending. Previous Employers:... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Customer Relations Human Resources Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Strategy & Planning
Accounting & Cash Flow Business Plans / Startup Assistance Buying or Selling a Business Financing / Capital Non-Profit
With 36 years of commercial lending experience, I can help clients understand their initial and ongoing cash... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Buying or Selling a Business Customer Relations Franchising Government Regulations & Contracting Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Operations
I have experience in writing business plans, utilizing 401k funds to capitalize a business, marketing, customer service... Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Customer Relations Human Resources Operations Strategy & Planning
Mentoring on business operations, leadership, culture and change. Read More >
Marketing, Public Relations & Sales
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Buying or Selling a Business Customer Relations Government Regulations & Contracting International Trade Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Non-Profit Operations Strategy & Planning
I can help you start, develop and grow your business through the planning process. I have extensive corporate and... Read More >
Human Resources Marketing, Public Relations & Sales Non-Profit Operations Strategy & Planning Technology
I like to take a big picture approach to help businesses with operations, marketing, and public relations. From there,... Read More >
Accounting & Cash Flow Business Plans / Startup Assistance Government Regulations & Contracting Non-Profit Operations Technology
I can help your business improve its business plan, marketing plan, decision making, forecasting, and financial... Read More >
Accounting & Cash Flow Business Plans / Startup Assistance Non-Profit Product Development & Manufacturing
Over 40 years experience in Finance and Accounting both for profit and non profit companies. Read More >
Business Plans / Startup Assistance Other Product Development & Manufacturing
Areas where I can be of assistance: Design and help implement strategic plans Identify and leverage the talents of... Read More >
Accounting & Cash Flow Business Plans / Startup Assistance Operations Product Development & Manufacturing
My background is from 30+ years in manufacturing businesses. I have the following areas to offer assistance;... Read More >
Customer Relations Marketing, Public Relations & Sales
I am a 30-year veteran of the marketing and communications community. My contribution to SCORE lies in my experiences... Read More >

Frequently Asked Questions

SCORE mentoring is a free service offered to any citizen or permanent resident that owns or wants to start a business. Partnering with you one-on-one, SCORE mentors support your success through offering experienced advice, consulting on best practices, and educating on small business topics.
SCORE mentors bring years of business experience, many of them successful small business owners themselves. Mentors volunteer through SCORE to help other entrepreneurs like you, by sharing their real-world experience and bona fide knowledge in running successful small businesses. SCORE mentors also provide practical tools and resources to make some owner tasks easier.
SCORE mentors will not make decisions for you or complete important ownership tasks on your behalf. They also cannot provide tax or legal advice. However, SCORE mentors can provide clear guidance on what your options are so you can confidently make decisions and take positive action toward your own success.
SCORE mentoring sessions are collaborative meetings between the small business owner and the SCORE mentor. During these sessions, you can share your business goals, progress, challenges and questions. SCORE mentors will offer advice, resources, and insights so you gain clarity on your next best steps.
A SCORE mentoring relationship lasts as long as you need it. That can mean it is a few meaningful sessions to achieve a specific goal or overcome a particular challenge. Or, it can be a SCORE mentoring relationship lasts for years, when you always have a trusted advisor for the life of your small business.

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