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Our volunteers are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses. We offer free business advice, business training, and numerous templates & tools.
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Avoid Stupid Tax
December 16th, 2021 | 9 AM - 10:30 AM
This course is designed to highlight the most common areas that cause a business owner to pay Stupid Tax. Penalties and interest for non-compliance, on both the state and federal levels, will cause several businesses to fail within the first two years. These are easily avoidable, so we do not need to get mired in the Stupid Tax Spiral. Participants will be given advice, information, and usable tax-saving strategies to start planning smart. Presented by Lynne Mason, Vice President at EXACT Accounting and Financial Services.
Branding and Marketing Your Organization
January 27th, 2022 | 3:30 PM - 5 PM
In this workshop, you will learn why non-profit leaders need to build a strong brand. Get tools to clarify and build your brand story. See examples of local non-profits who have built strong brands by engaging their audience with a compelling brand experience.
Free Business Advice
Whether you're just starting out, in business, or ready to sell or retire, you can get FREE, confidential business advice from expert advisors committed to helping you succeed. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video.
Attend a Workshop or Webinar
Register today for our no-or low-cost business training. We provide education on a variety of business topics, including marketing, finance, and accounting, management, and others. Live webinars, on-demand interactive courses, and recorded webinars are also available online.
Browse Business Resources
If you're looking for free, local business templates, guides, blogs, or other helpful tools, SCORE is your destination. Browse our resource library to get the latest in small business strategies and trends. Use the information you find in the library to grow your business knowledge.
SCORE Madison Blog
10 easy-to-follow rules for conducting productive and effective meetings. Read more
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
Businesses need mission statements to tell the public and especially their customers what it is the business does. Read more
SCORE Madison Has "Re-opened"!
SCORE Madison has "re-opened" for in-person meetings and mentoring sessions, in addition to our existing virtual options. In-person mentoring is now by appointment only. Guidelines for safely offering these services at our office are:
- Masks are required in all common areas of our building and conference rooms for all individuals, whether vaccinated or not
- Everyone should continue physical distancing in common areas to the best of one's ability
- Off-site meetings? SCORE Madison volunteers can meet in person with clients outside of the SCORE Madison office as long as local safety protocols are followed
Give back to small businesses:
Volunteer with SCORE Madison
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?
SCORE Madison earns Platinum Chapter Excellence Award 2020
The national office of SCORE “Mentors to America’s Small Business” honored SCORE Madison with national recognition for outstanding client education in 2020. The award recognizes the SCORE chapter for achievement of excellence through workshops in support of local small businesses. SCORE Madison has been a part of the local small business community for over 20 years.
SCORE Madison Wins the District Chapter of the Year
SCORE honored SCORE Madison with the District 563 - Chapter of the Year Award for outstanding performance in 2020. The award recognizes SCORE Madison for exceptional growth in the services provided to local entrepreneurs, a wide range of free workshops and excellent face-to-face free mentoring.
SCORE Client Testimonials
Candace Altschul |
Co-owner of Achieve Abilities
Candace was surprised that SCORE offers unlimited, no-cost mentoring for the life of a business.
Kattia Jimenez |
Founder of Mount Horeb Hemp
Kattia Jimenez founded Mount Horeb Hemp in 2018. This small farm grows organic hemp flower to make CBD products.
Tyler Schmidt |
Owner of TJ's Precision Painting
Tyler says that his SCORE mentor helped him successfully develop a "playbook" that kept him focused on the important things in his new business.
Arne King |
Owner of Savannah Company and Speed Gems
Arne talks about the marketing help he's received from SCORE Madison.