SCORE | NW Indiana

SCORE | NW Indiana We’re Here for The Life of Your Business. We provide free and confidential business counseling by phone, email, ZOOM and in-person. We also conduct workshops for start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners.

About

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries.

SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 364 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 13,000 volunteers nationwide.

The SCORE: NW Indiana chapter covers the 5 Northern counties of Indiana and includes over 30 mentors with many years of business experience across a a wide variety of industries and skills. Our chapter has been awarded Platinum status for the past 5 years.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Microloans

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Policies and Templates

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Website Development

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Donald Pelka
Address
162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone
(219) 654-2630