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Central Jersey SCORE provides FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, EXPERT counsel to help small business owners/entrepreneurs START, BUILD, GROW, SURVIVE and THRIVE in today's challenging business environment.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) SCORE Operations Update & Business Resources

Small businesses are a vital part of the U.S. economy. With the recent news and concerns of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SCORE is sharing the latest business guidance, assistance and resources.

Mentoring

Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email and a variety of video and chat services. If you already have a SCORE mentor, ask them if you can use a remote mentoring method for your sessions. If you don’t already have a SCORE mentor, you can find a business mentor today.

Coronavirus Business Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has posted information regarding loan programs and guidance for businesses: Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19.  Loan applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov  for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Workshops

The health of small business owners, their employees and the SCORE network of volunteers remain our top priority.  In the wake of recent developments relating to COVID-19, our local workshops have been postponed or will be held online. Please check our workshop page for more information.You can also view SCORE LIVE webinars and online workshops.

The health of small business owners, their employees and the SCORE network of volunteers remains our top priority. As such, we will cancel, reschedule, or update all upcoming, in-person workshops. If you’re already registered for a workshop, you will receive an email with new information about the event. If you have not yet registered for a workshop and you’re looking for business training you can do online, you can view our schedule of upcoming live webinars below or view our recorded webinars and courses-on-demand.


 

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Business owners can get support from SCORE in the following ways:

          1. Through face to face mentoring sessions with local counselors
          2. Through E-Mail with counselors
          3. Attending locally run seminars
          4. Utilizing online resources such as business tools and business planning templates

SCORE provides the opportunity to meet face-to-face with volunteer business experts who have experience owning and/or operating a business. Counselors can provide insight into how to's. Clients are invited to return for additional counseling sessions if required.

SCORE operates as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

SCORE, in association with Raritan Valley Community College, provides clients access to many business related courses

 

Who are SCORE's volunteer mentors?

SCORE’s volunteer experts come from all business areas and have substantial real business experience, knowledge and skills. Some have served as executives of Fortune 500 companies. Some have been entrepreneurs and small business owners. Others have valuable experience in universities, government or the military. What they all have in common is a willingness to share their expertise, experience and business savvy to help others succeed.

SCORE Chapter 14, with over 25 experienced professionals working as volunteers, focuses on clients from Somerset, Hunterdon and portions of Middlesex County.

 

How does SCORE help small businesses?

SCORE volunteers provide free mentoring to small business owners on a wide range of business topics including:

  • how to write a business plan

  • how to arrange funding and manage cash flow

  • how to help your company develop its unique value proposition and competitive positioning

  • how to develop effective marketing

  • how to implement E-Commerce

  • how to use social media as a marketing tool