The Greater Hartford (Connecticut) Chapter was founded in 1964 as a charter member of the National SCORE Association with the mission to match the experience of seasoned business owners and managers to the problems and challenges confronting existing and prospective small business owners. Our Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. While our chapter has over 50 members, there are over 11,000 SCORE® Mentors across the nation.
Mentoring is free and confidential. Every Member is Certified by the National SCORE ® Association and governed by the SCORE® Code of Ethics and Conduct. We counsel face to face (by appointment) in more than 10 locations throughout the northern half of Connecticut:
- Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce
- East Hartford Public Library
- Farmington Public Library
- Hartford (our main office is within the SBA offices)
- Manchester Chamber of Commerce
- New Britain Chamber of Commerce
- Rocky Hill Public Library
- Simsbury Public Library
- South Windsor Chamber of Commerce
- Tolland County Chamber of Commerce
- West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
We mentor by email as well, so your location can be anywhere, and your time can be anytime that works for you!
Our Chapter has undertaken a major expansion in our capabilities to serve the small business community. One of our priorities is to increase the number of workshops and seminars we offer on important business issues of concern to our clients. The Greater Hartford SCORE Small Business Academy was organized in 2016 to provide you with the workshops our clients have asked for. Most workshops are provided without charge.
Our chapter is offering Simple Steps For Starting Your Business, a series with five weekly classes, dedicated to start-ups. We've also hosted a series about Marketing and Social Media and we are planning other series on current business topics.
In short, we are a growing 'business' facing all of the challenges for relevance and viability that our clients face. If you are a business person facing some real challenges or if you have the experience necessary to contribute to your business community as a SCORE volunteer, get in touch with us and we will be happy to welcome you at one of our locations. We welcome women and men from every business background and cultural tradition to join us in our effort to assist existing and prospective business owners in our geographic area, an area that is diverse and ever-changing. If you are currently employed we will accommodate your schedule. If you have a particular skill or interest that you would like to contribute, but prefer not to counsel, we have a place for you and you will be most welcome.