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For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of FREE business mentoring and education.  SCORE provides expert mentoring and education to thousands of startup and existing businesses, just like yours.

Our goal is for you to receive the help you need to be successful in your business with focused assistance in the areas of business planning, marketing, accounting and finance, and more.

Before signing up for a mentor, we strongly recommend that you start with the first three chapters of the free "Startup Roadmap: Your Guide to Successfully Starting a Business" short course by clicking on the "Get Started Here" link below.

With SCORE, you are not alone on your business journey.

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SCORE Madison is Wisconsin's District 563 — 2020 Chapter of the Year!

SCORE Madison is Wisconsin's District 563 — 2020 Chapter of the Year!

For its resilience in the face of a pandemic, SCORE Madison has been singled out as SCORE Wisconsin’s CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. In addition, the National SCORE Association has designated SCORE Madison a Platinum Chapter for the third consecutive year.

SCORE Madison is ranked #3 nationally in client engagement for 2020

SCORE Madison is ranked #3 nationally in client engagement for 2020

Each year, PricewaterhouseCoopers conducts a client engagement survey on behalf of SCORE National. After the results were compiled & analyzed, SCORE Madison was ranked #3 in the country based on feedback from clients who had worked with a SCORE Madison mentor in 2020. 

SCORE Madison's COVID-19 Meeting Policy

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, SCORE Madison has conducted all meetings and mentoring sessions by video conference or telephone. We are working on plans to return to in-person meetings and hope to do so soon. In the meantime, SCORE Madison remains committed to serving our clients. Mentoring sessions are available by telephone or video conference. SCORE continues to provide useful information and resources to help small businesses recover from this challenging time. Stay safe and stay well.

- Upcoming Workshops -

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Understanding Financial Statements

Make better business decisions tomorrow! Complete your registration today. You will receive an email the day prior to the webinar, Subject Line: WEBINAR SIGN IN LINK. It... Read more

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Legal Entities and Tax Election

It’s not exactly like swimming with the sharks but if you don’t get the right legal protection and sound tax planning it could sink your business. Legal entities and tax... Read more

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Prioritizing Your Business Decisions

Are you making the best decisions for your business? Join Zak Wilcox, noted business consultant, as he leads this workshop designed to help you align business decisions with your... Read more

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- News -

Forward Fest 2021 SCORE Madison Presentation - August 16, 9 AM

Come and listen to successful business and nonprofit professionals from SCORE Madison. They will share with you their expertise and experiences in creating businesses. They’ve done it and as a result, they know the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly struggles that owning a business often presents. They will share with you the best ideas that they have found, ideas over the years that work, and those that don’t. This virtual event will include ample time for questions. So, join us for an engaging discussion on launching a business idea. Get ready to receive some solid strategies that could turn your business into a winner.

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WEDC awards 13 grants to support entrepreneurship programs throughout Wisconsin

SCORE Wisconsin to receive a total of $50,500 in grants.  In total thirteen Wisconsin organizations helping small businesses with training, legal services, coping with COVID-19 and more have been awarded grants totaling $529,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

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Small Business Administration COVID Economic Relief Programs

SBA offers several relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. 

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- Volunteer Opportunites -

Being A SCORE Volunteer Offers Many Benefits

SCORE Madison is actively seeking women, men; Black, indigenous, people of color; working professionals and retired people experienced in all aspects of business.  Our volunteers willingly give time to pay their success forward to Wisconsin business owners and entrepreneurs. You can become a small business mentor, subject matter expert, workshop presenter, or provide administrative support.  In addition to realizing personal and professional fulfillment, volunteering with SCORE provides networking opportunities, knowledge building, civic recognition, and leadership opportunities. Sound like you?

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- SCORE Madison Blog -

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Should I Form A Corporation Or An LLC? What's The Point? by Bill Ferguson

If the legal protection of the two types of these business entities is almost the same, which is better, corporation or LLC? Most of the time, the simple answer is this – an LLC... Read more


Mission Statements - Who Needs Them? by Kenneth Wundrow

Businesses need mission statements to tell the public and especially their customers what it is the business does. Read more


To Be (Self-Employed ) or Not To Be by Bill Ferguson

It takes more than a better mousetrap to be successful in business. The purpose here is to tell you what you need to be successful, in addition to the better mousetrap. Read more

Read more blogs on a wide range of business related topics authored by business experts at SCORE Madison and SCORE National.

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- Client and Mentor Testimonials -

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SCORE Business Mentoring Testimonial - Arne King

Arne King, the owner of Savannah Company and Speed Gems talks about the marketing help he's received from SCORE Madison. SCORE Madison Free Business Mentoring


SCORE Business Mentoring Testimonial - Ken Wundrow

Certified mentor and co-chair Ken Wundrow talks about the fulfillment he receives sharing his expertise as a SCORE mentor. SCORE Madison Free Business Mentoring


- SCORE Madison Success Stories -

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Managing A Growing Small Business

I now can understand my accounting so much better. I have an accountant but need to be clearer from a high level of what was going on in the business. Will be seeking mentorship... Read more

From Stressed to Success

SCORE Madison mentor Gregg Schieve has answered all of our questions and has helped us be confident in our decisions. He often points us in the right direction and has helped us... Read more

How far can we go?

The training and guidance from SCORE Madison mentor Jorge Antezana was wonderful and very helpful. Read more

Thank you to all of our local partners and sponsors:

First Bank       In Business    MG&E     Monona Bank    Oak Bank        Paradigm       Simply Creative Productions       Spectrum      Summit       Tingalls