Frequently Asked Questions

North Central Ohio SCORE has compiled a helpful list of frequently asked questions to answer the most common questions that visitors to this Web site may have.

What is SCORE?

North Central Ohio SCORE is a mentoring organization. We provide free counseling, resources and advice to people who are in business or want to start a business.

Who gives this advice?

The volunteers of North Central Ohio SCORE. Volunteer counselors are experienced owners or managers of businesses that volunteer their time to help small businesses succeed.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for individual counseling. Some workshops or seminars have a small fee.

How many free business counseling sessions am I entitled to?

You can come back for as many sessions as you wish. Each session will last for approximately one hour. North Central Ohio SCORE counselors are interested in your success and will follow up to see how you are progressing.

What qualifies SCORE volunteers to give business advice?

The key qualification North Central Ohio SCORE counselors bring the table is real-world experience. Volunteers have specific industry and general business expertise. Counselors may be retired business owners, business executives or operations managers. Many volunteers work full-time.

Are business secrets safe with SCORE?

Yes. All North Central Ohio SCORE counselors honor the client's right to proprietary and confidential information. That information remains confidential as provided by SCORE's Code of Ethics. Counselors reaffirm their commitment for the association’s Code of Ethics each year.