ABOUT US . . .
Welcome to the Coastal Chapter of SCORE. Our chapter has been supporting the Charleston South Carolina Tri-County area since 1972. We have over 40 active mentors with extensive business experience in diverse business skills. Over 30% of our volunteer mentors are still operating their own businesses. Their backgrounds are in retail, manufacturing, distribution, finance, human resources, insurance, transportation, legal, restaurant, export/import and many more. Some of our mentors have international business experience.
These diverse backgrounds give us an opportunity to provide the maximum assistance to our client base. We use a team approach, that provides the client the advantage of not one but all of our mentors to solve their business problems, whether it be to start a new or improve an existing business.
Our national organization partnering with the Gallop Poll indicated that the Coastal Chapter supported 160 small business startups in 2009 and assisted 100 existing business grow over that period of time.
Some of the notable successes on both the for-profit and non-profit spectrum we have helped start up over the last 35 years are as diverse as the background of our mentors. Moo Roo Hand Bag, Copper Penny Clothing, Charleston Cookie Company, Appalachian Springs Bottled Water, Red Orchids China Bistro, Tiger Lilly Florist, Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Restore, Footlight Players, James Island Charter School, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Darkness to Light to name just a few.
So if you are looking to start a business or are already in business and need some assistance, we are confident we can help.
The mission of Charleston Coastal SCORE Chapter is to provide professional consulting and mentoring to small businesses through the voluntary service of its members, who freely give of their knowledge, expertise and experience, with the ultimate goal of improving the economy and community which we serve.
SCORE Community Outreach
SCORE have an expanded list of well-informed speakers who are available to talk to your organization. Our speakers are professionals who can update your group on SCORE activities and share their expertise with your organization. Some of the topics we speak about are:
- How to Start a Business in the Charleston Region
- How to Develop a Business Plan for Your Future Success
- Marketing & Advertising Your Business for Growth
- Managing the Financial Requirements of Your Business
- and more business topics . . .