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SCORE, the largest national network of business mentors – 364 chapters, 13,000 volunteers — was created by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1964 to help emerging and existing small businesses. In Lancaster, more than 50 SCORE mentors — business executives and owners, working and retired – volunteer their expertise, experience and insight on every aspect of business.  Most SCORE services are free… including individual, confidential mentoring… and accessible to all.

Since 1965, SCORE Lancaster offered business education programs for start-ups and existing businesses.  SCORE’s Simple Steps® business planning series offers an introduction to business planning and formation, including legal structure, marketing and finance. To learn more, click the ‘About Workshops’ menu tab above.

Entrepreneurs already engaged in business planning may participate in SCORE’s more extensive Kauffman FastTrac® program. Participants and their coaches work on all aspects of the entrepreneurs’ business plans. They complete detailed feasibility assessments leading to go-no go decisions.  FastTrac, from the prestigious Kauffman Entrepreneurial Foundation in Kansas City, is designed specifically for entrepreneurs. For more information, contact SCORE Lancaster at 717-397-3092 or via email at

To assist existing businesses, SCORE Lancaster offers mentoring and business education programs, including business plan reviews, business roundtables, advisory boards [similar to a free Board of Directors] and tailored workshops on marketing, finance and business management. Whether answering a single question or helping design business strategy, SCORE mentors can help entrepreneurs already in business.
SCORE creates and sustains small business in Lancaster County. Last year, SCORE Lancaster volunteers mentored 469 first-time clients, conducted 119 business workshops for 1,235 people and facilitated 30 business roundtables for 125 small businesses and 336 participants. SCORE also helped create 35 new companies and 75 new jobs in Lancaster County.

To enhance its effectiveness and resources, SCORE Lancaster has strategic alliances with the Community First Fund,  the Ewing Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurship,  the Lancaster County Bar Association, the Lancaster County Library System, ASSETS of Lancaster, CareerLink, Millersville University, the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center  and Chambers of Commerce throughout Lancaster County.

For more information, to request a mentor or register for a workshop, contact SCORE Lancaster at:
313 West Liberty Street, Suite 231, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603
Phone: 717-397-3092
Office Email:

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