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SCORE Frequently Asked Questions:

What is SCORE?

The SCORE ASSOCIATION is a Non-Profit Association Dedicated to Entrepreneur Education and the Formation, Growth and Success of Small Business Nationwide.

  • SCORE Mentoring Is free and confidential
  • SCORE Peoria workshops are free.
  • SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • SCORE has more than 365 Chapters and more than 13,000 Volunteers in the U.S.
  • Mentors include working, semi-retired, or retired, experienced people, managers and/or business owners.
  • SCORE was founded In 1964.
  • SCORE Peoria was founded in 1965

Who Uses SCORE Services?
SCORE Offers Free "One-On-One" Mentoring and Other Services for:

  • Individuals who want to start a business
  • Small Businesses
  • Non-Profit Organizations

What Services Are Offered by SCORE?

1. One-on-one, free and confidential mentoring:

  • Business Start-Up
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Management
  • Financial
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Business plan assistance – free and confidential

2. Workshops on Specific Subjects, Including:

  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Financing your business
  • Marketing your product
  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Starting your business
  • Growing your business
  • Nonprofits

3. Free on-line resources at and at

How Does It Work?

Free and confidential one hour mentoring sessions are available most weeks at our SCORE Office.

Our office is located in the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce offices(formerly Heartland Partnership), 100 S W Water St., Peoria, IL 61602.

To schedule an appointment, please use the on-line form at

  • Click “Mentoring” along the top blue bar
  • Enter city or zip code on the left side of the page
  • Click the blue “Request a Meeting” button
  • Complete the form and click the blue “Submit” button at the bottom

Or, email to request an appointment.

One or two SCORE Volunteers will meet with you to discuss your needs or issues. Sessions are typically scheduled for one hour. Feel free to ask any questions you may have whether you are in business or interested in starting a business. The SCORE Volunteer(s) will answer questions and offer suggestions.

You may schedule subsequent sessions, as you desire. If your need requires specialized expertise, another SCORE Volunteer with that expertise may be asked to attend. All information is strictly confidential. There is no charge for a meeting with SCORE Volunteers.

Or, send an email with your question to

Or, attend a SCORE Workshop. See the SCORE Workshop listings at and click “Attend Workshops”

We are looking forward to helping you with your business issues.

Who Are the SCORE Mentors?

Mentors are working, semi-retired or retired, experienced people, managers or business owners from widely diversified fields. They donate their time to advise and assist you with business planning and operations. They provide insight into how to plan, start, franchise, manage or obtain financing for a business. Some volunteer mentors have general business knowledge and some have specialized expertise.

If you are interested in becoming a SCORE volunteer, contact the Peoria SCORE office at 309-676-0755 or send us an email at

.What areas are served by SCORE Peoria?

SCORE Peoria serves 10 Counties in Central Illinois: Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford Counties.

Where is the SCORE Peoria Office Located?

Peoria Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce (formerly Heartland Partnership) 100 SW Water St. Peoria, IL, 61602


Upcoming Events

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Meet Our Partners

Many business organizations provide small business expertise and financial assistance. We owe a debt of gratitude to these organizations and we recommend you use their services.

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