What is SCORE?
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters.
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.
SCORE West River is a SCORE Chapter located in Rapid City, South Dakota, servicing the Black Hills and the West River.
Foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education in the Black Hills and the West River of South Dakota.
Every person has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner and entrepreneur.
We will help 1,000 clients by 2020.
VALUES, BELIEFS, AND HOW WE ACT
Our clients' success is our success.
Small Business Matters
Small business is the engine of our national economy through business formation, job creation and wealth building. Small businesses and their support are critical to vibrant communities in our society.
Giving Back Matters
We give volunteers, stakeholders and sponsors the ability to give back to communities through their support of SCORE. Successful small business owners understand the importance of giving back to their communities.
SCORE is volunteer business people and lenders helping small business people solve business problems. Volunteers give freely of their time, energy and knowledge to help others. SCORE volunteers donate over 1 million hours of their time each year to support their communities.
A client’s experience matters – the truest measure of our mission and our service – we ensure that our clients have a positive experience. A volunteer’s experience matters – their relevant knowledge, wisdom and experience serve our clients through mentorship and education. A volunteer’s experience with SCORE matters – we ensure that volunteers find value and satisfaction while engaged with SCORE.
In relationships, we act with integrity, respect, honesty, purpose, and professionalism. We listen with an open mind, encourage and openly communicate with all people seeking help from SCORE. Personal, long-term relationships are a driver of small business success. Community alliances are critical to the success of SCORE.
We believe in the importance, value and power of diversity – diversity of people and diversity of thought. The diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and experience is important and valuable in SCORE. We strive to achieve diversity of our volunteer corps, staff, board and clients.
Lifelong Learning Matters
We believe that small business owners who are lifetime learners adapt to change more readily and are more successful. Volunteers as lifelong learners remain relevant, achieve personal satisfaction and growth.