The Miami Dade Chapter of Score is dedicated to helping small businesses grow and prosper. SCORE has programs for owners of existing businesses seeking expert advice,and for entrepreneurs starting a new business
We have successfully responded to our client's needs by combining the broad experience of our volunteer mentors with workshops and other assistance. These resources are focused on all aspects of business development and operations. Miami Dade SCORE has played a significant role in small business growth in South Florida for 50 years.
What our clients say about us
My wife and I opened Bikram Hot Yoga Miami in Coconut Grove in 2009. We needed working capital to add teachers, expand our class schedule and increase our profitability. In 2011 SCORE helped us get the loan we needed. Now in 2013 we are opening a second location in Doral and SCORE again helped us get an SBA loan for the expansion. It has been a huge help to have experienced, knowledgeable, SCORE mentors helping us along the way. Knowing there were mentors we could trust gave us confidence in dealing with banks. We are so grateful to our mentors and for SCORE! William Thomas
Entrepreneurs and business owners have received significant benefits from mentoring by a member of Miami Dade SCORE’s team of over 75 volunteers. These men and women include both retired and active business executives and professionals. Convenient face to face counseling sessions take place in clients or mentors offices, or alternative locations. Telephone and internet sessions are also available. Lead mentors are matched to clients needs as closely as possible. When additional skills are required, mentors will bring on other volunteers with the requisite knowledge to assist.
SCORE counselors develop deep knowledge of their client businesses and strong relationships with clients that can continue for years as their enterprises evolve. SCORE also provides e-mentoring with access to volunteers from chapters throughout the US. Counseling can cover a large array of important topics including basic strategy, business planning, marketing, and financing.
SCORE has helped many small businesses meet their goals to increase sales, solve operational problems, improve productivity, financial performance, and/or change strategic direction. To begin, a mentor is assigned to help analyze the company's issues and will draw on other chapter resources as needed, all at no cost. Assistance is also provided with outside financing for qualified companies. SCORE’s workshops and tools are a source of help for owners looking to expand their own knowledge and capabilities in specific areas. Here is a popular webinar which is typical of these many workshops and seminars (click below):
This new webinar can help: "Financing and Credit for your Business: Position your Business to Access Capital.”
Businesses with sales of at least $1M and five or more employees can qualify for a "Special Forces” program for a modest donation. In this program, a team of SCORE volunteer counselors does an in depth study of company goals and issues through a series of company site visits and interviews with client staff. Based upon their findings, practical recommendations are made to address the client issues and goals so they can create an actionable business plan. All inquiries are handled in strict confidence.
Ask for mentoring help. For clients just beginning, we recommend you take our popular “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” workshop series. All the basic information that entrepreneurs need to know is presented in a series of five sessions over a five week period for a modest $100 fee.
After a client has taken all these workshops the SCORE mentor assigned assists founders with overall business planning, competitive strategy development, marketing, and the many other facets of starting a new business. Local and on-line workshops are particularly valuable to clients who need to acquire additional knowledge in specific areas. These resources are augmented by various on-line templates and tools needed for both business planning and operation.
Local workshops and events provide clients an important SCORE resource. These are presented at local venues and are available at very low cost. For the entrepreneur starting a new business, there are a series of workshops that focus on the important requirements and skills for new business success. More advanced courses on recent changes in technology and the latest business innovations are available for both new and existing business owners to help improve productivity and increase sales. These workshops are conducted by SCORE members and local experts from a number of fields. In addition to these local live sessions, SCORE provides a number of online workshops and “webinars” on a large variety of timely topics.
Another free and important resource from SCORE is the large number of valuable Templates and Tools available online. These workshops cover business planning, operations, finance, buying and selling businesses, franchising, doing business with the government and many more topics. They include standard documents and templates as well as tutorials and practical information sources.
Combined with mentoring and workshops, SCORE gives our clients a one-stop-shop for meeting their business needs and goals.
Miami Dade SCORE is looking for volunteers with business or professional experience. Our mentors, both retired and working, find that SCORE offers them an opportunity to “give back” to the community and help those in need of expert mentoring. Both retirees and those still working in their businesses and professions find the local SCORE mentor network as an interesting and diverse group of colleagues with whom to work. SCORE volunteers can also stay abreast of new developments through the workshops and to contribute to these events and future events as presenters.
Miami Dade Score contributors have a chance to advance the important work of growing the Miami Dade business community and employment opportunities. Your business or organization will be listed on our website. This site is frequently visited by both entrepreneurs and business owners, many of whom use local products and services.