6 Reasons Why SCORE is the Hidden Gem for Startup Mentorship in the Inland Empire

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Oct 22, 2021


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SCORE is the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Below we discuss six reasons why SCORE is the hidden gem for startup mentorship and might not get as much publicity as startup incubators and accelerators. However, it can play a huge role in your startup’s success.

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1. You can Find Mentors

Finding mentors is as easy as putting in your Zip code and letting the system surface mentors active in your area. The only thing you will need to fill out before getting access to the mentor network is to fill out a mentor request form after you punch in the zip code.

With SCORE, you can request a mentor at any stage of your business, not only if you are a startup.

The link where you can browse mentor profiles allows you to select mentor/s based on whether you want to interact through video call, over the phone, or in person.

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2. You can Get Access to Resources Library

The resources library has templates regarding 12 business areas/functions that you can use. For example, two common situations are when a business owner needs to sell the business, decide whether to file for bankruptcy or try resetting the business.

In both situations, SCORE can help you with a learning resource such as follows:

You can browse the SCORE library to shortlist a resource or course that suits your current learning needs.

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3. Startup Roadmap by FedEx

  1. The Startup Roadmap Chapter 1: Starting Your Journey
  2. The Startup Roadmap: Chapter 2 – Are You Ready to Start a Business?
  3. The Startup Roadmap: Chapter 3 – Defining and Validating Your Idea
  4. The Startup Roadmap: Chapter 4 – Business Plan or Business Model Canvas?
  5. The Startup Roadmap: Chapter 5 – Finding Funding
  6. The Startup Roadmap: Chapter 6 – Setting Up Your Business

Within each chapter, you may find drill-down resources that can help you improve your business or even develop a new business.

For instance, here’s a snapshot of topics covered in the first chapter of ‘Starting your Journey.’

  • Startup readiness
  • Idea validation
  • Business Model Canvas (BMC)
  • Finding funding
  • Accounting, Insurance, and Legal Considerations
  • Marketing, Pricing, Sales, and Distribution
  • Location selection, staffing, and opening the office/site

For more chapters and detailed guides within each of the chapters of the startup guide by FedEx, please visit this link.

4. Workshops

The workshops offered by SCORE are comprehensive by segment, entrepreneur type, and the business area you want to learn about.

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You can also register for interactive sessions, on-demand courses, and workshops that prepare your business.

5. Small Business Resilience Hub

Most of the time, the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful business is its owner’s awareness of loans, grants, and other support services available for small businesses. These resources are key to an owner adapting to a potential crisis.

Enter ‘Small Business Resilience Hub’ by SCORE.

The Hub offers:

  1. Remote Mentoring
  2. Resilience Training
  3. Resource portal to help you find the specific information, resources, and financial support

6. Local Presence

Lastly, SCORE has a local presence in the Inland Empire region and, for that matter, all over the country through local chapters. For example, a list of local office presence that SCORE has in the Inland Empire region is below.

  • Temecula Chamber of Commerce
  • Murrieta Innovation Center
  • Offices of Ensen Mason
  • Eastvale City Hall
  • East San Gabriel Valley Branch
  • Riverside Chamber of Commerce
  • Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Upland Chamber of Commerce
  • Chaffey College-Info Tech Center
  • Corona Chamber of Commerce

SCORE can be a great resource for women entrepreneurs. The organization offers help and support via local experts, interactive workshops, and a vast online library of templates, tools, and resources. 

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