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SCORE is an all-volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Founded in 1964, SCORE has more than 350 chapters and 13,000 volunteers throughout the United States. SCORE is powered by executives and business owners, both working and retired, who generously donate their time and expertise as business mentors.

Headquartered at the SBA Office on Baymeadows Way in Jacksonville, SCORE – Jacksonville serves nearly 700 small business clients in Northeast Florida each year. More than 55 local business professionals provide free and confidential mentoring and educational programs to assist small businesses throughout the greater Jacksonville area, including St. Johns and Clay counties.

If you are in the pre-startup or startup phases of your business, SCORE mentors can help you by:

Confidentially reviewing your business ideas;

Explaining how to apply for licenses, purchasing equipment or real estate;

Providing information on finding legal and accounting services;

Helping you create a detailed business plan;

Advising you on business negotiations.

SCORE mentors can help you prepare your business for new growth by:

Confidentially reviewing your business situation;

Identifying your served markets versus new markets;

Assessing your product portfolio;

Developing your growth strategy.

In Northeast Florida:

  • SCORE mentors help more than 700 local small business clients each year.
  • SCORE provided small business educational support to more than 500 workshop attendees last year.
  • SCORE volunteers donate nearly 5,000 hours of service to local small businesses each year.
  • SCORE clients include existing businesses (36 percent), new startups or emerging entrepreneurs (64 percent) and women-owned businesses (51 percent).

For more information about how SCORE can help your small business, contact Marshall Persky, chairman of the St. Augustine branch, at (773) 251-8685 or visit and input your zip code.

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