Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs start or grow a business. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers across the US provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to 1,500+ communities nationwide, creating 25,084 new businesses and 71,475 non-owner jobs in 2021 alone. SCORE is partially funded by the Small Business Association (SBA) as well as local and regional partnerships.
SCORE Northeast NJ chapter primarily serves Bergen and Passaic counties but has clients all over the country. The Northeast NJ Chapter is one of 7 chapters in New Jersey.
“We are fortunate enough to have over 70 volunteer mentors who donate their time to help small businesses in their communities succeed,” said Pat Saporito, Co-chair of the Chapter. “A significant number of our mentors work full time and still make the time to help entrepreneurs. We consistently hear our mentors say how much they enjoy helping small business owners and how rewarding it is for them to see these businesses overcome challenges and grow.”
SCORE NENJ recently celebrated its 57th anniversary! Each year the chapter supports over 750 clients and provides over 2,600 mentoring sessions. In addition to mentoring, SCORE provides webinars and workshops and many online resources for small businesses. SCORE partners with local organizations like chambers of commerce, banks and libraries for these events to help both start-ups and existing businesses.
Gregg Butler, SCORE NENJ Chapter Outreach Leader commented, “We couldn’t serve the large number of clients we do without the trust and partnership of key organizations like the Meadowlands Chamber.”
We are proud of the success of our clients and are grateful for their trust in helping them. The following are a few examples:
Madjalia Seynou, Founder, FarmSahel, Bergenfield, NJ
Madjalia founded a non-profit organization to help women achieve economic freedom through agribusiness. FarmSahel helps women farmers increase their crop yields and ensure improved earnings in the marketplace. Her SCORE mentors helped her find resources to help with grant writing and finding volunteers.
Jason Park, Founder. Elevate Physical Therapy, LLC, Englewood, NJ
Jason started his physical therapy practice as a side hustle. With help from his SCORE mentors, he was able to launch it as a full-time business. His mentors helped him develop and execute a realistic business plan.
Lisse Cielo, Owner, Cielo’s Floral Designed, Passaic, NJ
Lisse was looking for help to grow her existing floral business. Her mentors helped her review her website and social media sites, develop marketing campaigns and extend her business network.
You can review these and other small business success stories here at https://northeastnj.score.org/success-stories
Looking for help to grow your business, sign up for a mentor at https://northeastnj.score.org/content/find-mentor-312
You can also join us and give back to the community by mentoring other small businesses or sharing your knowledge by becoming a workshop presenter.
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