Michiana SCORE

The Michiana SCORE Chapter 266 was founded in 1972. We are an active chapter and have more than 20 volunteers. The counselors of Michiana Chapter are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success. SCORE Michiana has two locations to better serve our clients. 

Our South Bend office is located at:
1030 East Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46617

(574) 310-8097
(888) 712-1470

Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday: 9:00AM to Noon
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00PM to 4:00PM
or By Appointment - we will make every effort to accommodate your availability

 

Our Cassopolis office is located in the Inovateus Business Center at:

708 Sherman Lane
Cassopolis, MI 49031

(269) 445-2520
(888) 712-1470

Office Hours:
By Appointment Only

 

To view a list of SCORE Michiana mentors, click on the "OUR CHAPTER'S MENTORS" button at the top of our Home Page. The Mission of SCORE is to provide resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

SCORE's core purpose is to: Strengthen small business, strengthen local communities and strengthen America by supporting our proud heritage of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities and building success.

In both periods of economic strength and during turbulent times, SCORE serves as a network of trusted mentors to help entrepreneurs solve problems and create companies and jobs.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH SCORE MICHIANA

BECOME A SCORE VOLUNTEER AND MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE 

SCORE Michiana is a nonprofit association of local volunteers, with the mission to grow successful small businesses in Michiana.  Our chapter, formed in 1972, offers mentoring assistance via our 20 volunteer members, all veteran business owners and/or company executives. 

SCORE is a national organization, founded in 1964, affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), with 340+ chapters in the United States, staffed by over 11,000 volunteers nationwide.  Every year SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.  Volunteering at SCORE Michiana is a way for you to give back to our community, connect with fellow business owners and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of Michiana entrepreneurs.

 SCORE Michiana is seeking current or former business executive volunteers to assist small businesses with start-up, expansion or general counseling.  Join a dedicated, collegial group of business executives in assisting with the economic development of St. Joseph County.  SCORE Michiana volunteers provide confidential, no cost business mentoring services.  We lead workshops to help small business owners meet their goals and achieve success.  Whether you have owned a small business, come from a Fortune 500 company, retired, still working, or have a sincere commitment for helping small businesses, there is a place for you as a SCORE Michiana volunteer.

SCORE Michiana is also seeking current or former administrative professionals to volunteer to provide critical administrative services.  You will provide key services in office management, program administration and volunteer coordination.   

 For many Americans, small business ownership is the American dream.  During 2013 SCORE Michiana has provided free, confidential mentoring to over 500 local entrepreneurs and small business owners, while conducting educational workshops attended by over 300 local business leaders.

Our offices are located at 1030 E. Jefferson Blvd, in the National College building, just east of downtown South Bend.  We can be reached by calling (574) 310-8097 or via e-mail at michiana@scorevolunteer.org.  We also have a satellite office in Cassopolis, MI.  Located at 708 Sherman Lane in the Inovateus Business Center, SCORE mentors can meet with clients there on an appointment basis.  You can also visit our website at www.michiana.score.org to access a vast array of small business resources.

Sincerely,

Bob Kasprzak

Chapter Chair

SCORE Michiana Chapter #0266

 

 

SCORE Michiana 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 in Downtown South Bend, by telephone or via email.  SCORE Michiana also operated a branch in Cassopolis, MI to serve the businesses and entrepreneurs in Southwestern Michigan. 

To view a list of SCORE Michiana mentors and their biographies, click on the "OUR CHAPTER'S MENTORS" button at the top of the Home Page.

SCORE Michiana mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.

With access to a wide variety of documents, templates and tools to assist you in starting or growing your business, the information provided here covers a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, government agencies, and much more.

Success Stories & Past Events

From time to time, SCORE Michiana highlights our clients and community events that we participate in.

MISHAWAKA HIGH SCHOOL:  SUPPORTING BUSINESS  EDUCATION

On Tuesday, March 12, Jim Bolinger (SCORE Michiana volunteer) met with 11 students at Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka, IN.  The teacher / coordinator was Mrs. Jan Hank.  The students were juniors and seniors taking a course in entrepreneurship.  The discussion with the students included frequent causes of business failure and the financial requirements for starting and maintaining a business.

 

 

PENN HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION:  SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Jim Bolinger, a SCORE Michiana volunteer, met with 40 students at Penn High School in St. Joseph County, IN.  Jim attended Ms. Morgan O'Grady's class and spoke about small business ownership and entrepreneurship to the group of freshmen and sophomores.

The discussion included (a) What are the Most Frequent Causes of Business Failure, (b) Small Business Readiness Self- Assessment, (c) Myths and Realities of Entrepreneurship, (d) Do You Have What It Takes, (e) Test Your Potential to be an Entrepreneur, and (f) Characteristics of An Entrepreneur.

The students were specifically interested in the courses that should be taken in high school to prepare for a career in business.