Pittsburgh SCORE

Counselors to America's Small Business

Pittsburgh SCORE serves aspiring and existing small business entrepreneurs and owners in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Armstrong Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Washington Counties,

Whether you are just starting a business or expanding an established business, Pittsburgh SCORE counselors are here to help you succeed (see "How We Help").


SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email.

Set-up an appointment to meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem. There is no charge for counseling, no matter how many sessions are needed. Each session will last about one hour.

We will continue to be interested in your progress, so follow-on sessions are encouraged. Counseling/Mentoring is available to all U.S. citizens over the age of 13. Just fill out the mentor request form. A mentor from SCORE Pittsburgh will contact you shortly to set-up a one-on-one, confidential mentoring appointment. SCORE Pittsburgh also offers an e-mail counseling program the draws upon the resources of SCORE chapters nationwide.

Pittsburgh SCORE wants you to succeed.

In addition to free one-on-one counseling, we offer low-cost workshops and seminars.

The Small Business Basics Workshop: How to Start & Grow Your Business is intended to help new businesses get off to the right start by studying the legal requirements of starting a business, and covering subjects that will impact the success or failure of the business. Subjects covered in the workshop include Developing an Effective Business Plan, Record Keeping and Taxes, Bank Loan Financing, Marketing, Legal Aspects of Small Business. 

Presenters include professionals in the field as well as SCORE Pittsburgh counselors. Upcoming Workshops are listed on the right sidebar on this page.

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While working closely with a SCORE business counselor, use these entrepreneurial tools to set the foundation for business success.

Writing a Business Plan: A well written business plan is required as part of the application when applying for a bank loan.  But, even if you do not need a business plan for financing it is always advisable to develop a written plan to guide you during the initial years of your business. Read More...

Financing Your Business: There are many options for raising capital to finance your business venture.  These include bank financing, personal savings, government guaranteed loan programs, etc. Read More
Marketing Your Products & Services: Every business must attract clients, there are countless ways to develop effective communications and distribute those communications to targeted audiences... Read More

Regulatory & Compliance: All business are subject to government regulations.  The requirements vary significantly with the size, type and location of your business.  Here are some resources to help you better understand what the government requires of your business. Read More

Service Directory: SCORE Pittsburgh has worked with many attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, bankers and other professionals that provide service to small businesses.  These professionals form part of a small businesses extended team and can be valuable partners. Read More

Useful Websites:There are literally hundreds of useful websites for small businesses.  For a list of some of the sites that target the most frequent questions of our clients.  Read More

Local Partners:Did you know that there are over 20 chambers of commerce in southwestern Pennsylvania?  For a list of Chambers as well as other groups providing services to small businesses. Read More

Speakers Bureau: SCORE has a Speakers Bureau that arranges for a SCORE member who will discuss topics related to running a start-up or small business in western Pennsylvania. The speakers are available for meetings of professional, civic, industrial, for-profit, non-profit, fraternal or religious organization in addition to local Chambers of Commerce. There is no charge for the speakers' services. Contact Us

Pittsburgh SCORE Joins Kiva-Zip as a Trustee

The Pittsburgh SCORE chapter has registered as a Kiva-ZIP Trustee and can recommend clients that could benefit from the Kiva Zip loan program. We seek to:

  • Help entrepreneurs gain access to funding to start or grow a business
  • Make an impact in the community by making micro-loans available to start-ups
  • Connect with Kiva’s community of one million+ lenders and a network of borrowers and Trustees across the country

If you are interested in obtaining our Endorsement, please review our procedures here. The first step is registering for mentoring!