Your Small Business Resource for Entrepreneurs

Your local chapter has been supporting the Charleston, SC  area since 1972.  We have many active mentors with skills and experience in diverse business areas.

Our Mission

Foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.

Our Vision

Every person has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner.

Clients Matter

Our clients' success is our success.

Small Business Matters

Small business is the engine of our national economy through business formation, job creation and wealth building. Small businesses and their support are critical to vibrant communities in our society.

Giving Back Matters

We give volunteers, stakeholders and sponsors the ability to give back to communities through their support of SCORE.  Successful small business owners understand the importance of giving back to their communities.

Volunteers Matter

SCORE is volunteer business people helping small business people solve business problems.  Volunteers give freely of their time, energy and knowledge to help others.  

Experience Matters

A client’s experience matters – the truest measure of our mission and our service – we ensure that our clients have a positive experience.  A volunteer’s experience matters – their relevant knowledge, wisdom and experience serve our clients through mentorship and education.  A volunteer’s experience with SCORE matters – we ensure that volunteers find value and satisfaction while engaged with SCORE.

Relationships Matter

In relationships, we act with integrity, respect, honesty, purpose, and professionalism.  We listen with an open mind, encourage and openly communicate with all people seeking help from SCORE.  Personal, long-term relationships are a driver of small business success.  Community alliances are critical to the success of SCORE.

Inclusion Matters

We believe in the importance, value and power of inclusion.  Inclusion supports the framework for a collaborative environment that values open participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives, where leadership is transparent, communicative and engaging, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and experience.  We strive to achieve inclusion of our volunteer corps, staff, board and clients.

Lifelong Learning Matters

We believe that small business owners who are lifetime learners adapt to change more readily and are more successful.  Volunteers as lifelong learners remain relevant, achieve personal satisfaction and growth.