Get Free Expert Help To Start And Grow Your Small Business

SCORE Fairfield County offers FREE business mentoring and workshops from experienced advisors, entrepreneurs and corporate executives with diverse industry experience and specialties to help small business owners start, develop and grow their business.

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SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs

The SCORE/Fairfield County Community Foundation Fall 2022 Business Challenge Live Series at the Westport Library

Learn Essential Business Concepts While Competing for the Best Business Case Presentation – Cash Awards for the Winners 

  • Sept 20, 2022Night #1 - Assessment & the Business Case 
  • Sept 27, 2022Night #2 - Marketing Strategy & Social Media Marketing 
  • October 4, 2022Night #3 – Financial Planning & Funding 
  • October 11, 2022Night #4 – Networking & Business Challenge Prep 
  • October 18, 2022Due Date of your submission 
  • October 25, 2022Finalist presentation to the Review Panel

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How can a SCORE Mentor Help Your Business?

Our mentors work with business owners and people working on starting a business. We embrace a diverse business community and welcome all to utilize our services. SCORE's services are always free, no matter how much assistance you need.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month


From Sept 15 - Oct 15, is a time to celebrate and appreciate Hispanic-owned businesses across the nation. Hispanic-owned small businesses have grown 34% over the last 10 years – and show no signs of slowing down. Even with the growth and accelerating impact, Hispanic business owners face very real challenges.

SCORE is committed to helping all entrepreneurs succeed.

Visit our SCORE For All Hispanic Entrepreneurs Hub →

SCORE Empowers All Entrepreneurs

We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All.

Visit SCORE For All to see resources supporting Black, Hispanic, Women and Veteran Entrepreneurs.

SCORE for All Black Entrepreneurs

SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs

Black entrepreneurs have a rich history as successful small business owners. Resources for black entrepreneurs range from start up materials to finance and funding resources.

SCORE for All Hispanic Entrepreneurs

SCORE for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Hispanic small businesses are an integral part of the U.S. small business economy. Find resources in both English and Spanish to support current Hispanic business owners and further Hispanic entrepreneurs.

SCORE for All Women Entrepreneurs

SCORE for Women Entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs are a growing part of the U.S. economy. SCORE offers women entrepreneurs key resources to build on their strengths and provide new avenues to success.

Entrepreneurs Succeed With Score Mentors

Get to know our mentors. They represent a broad range of business experience, knowledge and skills. They're ready to help you on your business journey.

Robert M Zitter

Robert (Bob) M. Zitter: Bob Zitter currently provides advisory services to media and technology companies worldwide. Bob's business expertise is in management and strategy as... Read more

Sabrina Gibbs

Inspire and motivate you to the next level of your business, whether its an idea, early stage or mature business. Marketing expertise used to raise visibility and impact... Read more

Pat Duncan

Started a puzzle and game company - Great American Puzzle Factory - on little money and sold it in 2007. The 300 product firm had distribution in Walmart, Target, Barnes Noble... Read more

Connect with a SCORE Mentor

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We have over 130 mentors, each with extensive business experience, ready to help you start a business, grow your business, or work through difficult business management issues. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video.

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SCORE Fairfield County mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business. Live webinars, on-demand interactive courses, and recorded webinars are also available online.

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Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating, but you have lots of support. From writing a business plan to protecting your assets, we offer a wide range of tools and resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise.

Upcoming Events (Talleres en Español ►)

Live Event
In Person

Oct 4: Fall 2022 Business Challenge – Financial Planning & Funding Your Business

October 4, 2022, 7:00pm EDT
Westport Library- Brooks Place

Live at Westport Library! Fall 2022 Business Challenge #3 of 4 Led by an expert in launching new businesses, this session reviews how to create a successful financial plan and...

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Oct 5: Seven Things You Need to Know When Starting a Service-Based Business

October 5, 2022, 2:00pm EDT
KNOWN Coworking

This is a Hybrid Event! When you're starting a new business, it's easy to overlook important details that will have a big impact on your future success. Belinda Sandor will...

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In Person

Fall 2022 Business Challenge – Networking & Submitting your Business Case

October 11, 2022, 7:00pm EDT
Westport Library- Brooks Place

Live at Westport Library! Fall 2022 Business Challenge #4 of 4. Led by experts in launching new businesses, this session reviews the essential part that Networking plays in your...

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In Person

October 17: Business Canvas Clinic for Business Owners

October 17, 2022, 6:00pm EDT
Fairfield Public Library

Live at the Fairfield Library! Is there was a way to test the viability of your business idea before going all in? There is. At the heart of all the reasons for product failure is...

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Online

The Future of Small Business-What Everyone Needs to Know & What to do About It!

October 20, 2022, 12:00pm EDT

What happens when the institutions that have guided us - government, education, religion, media and corporations—are completely disrupted or become irrelevant?

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Oct 24: Storytelling in Business

October 24, 2022, 12:00pm EDT

Who hasn't sat through a presentation and been bored, even when you really wanted to hear what the speaker had to say? If you are the speaker, you may know your audience and their...

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