Whether you are starting a small business or already up and running, we want to help! Our services include confidential business counseling, local seminars on popular small business topics, and informal “Advisory Boards”, all provided free of charge.

GREATER AIKEN SCORE

Headquartered in Aiken, South Carolina, we are one of 350+ chapters nationwide. We work closely with businesses, chambers, and other resource partners throughout Aiken, Barnwell, and Edgefield counties, as well as Augusta, GA. We are an organization of experienced volunteers who help would be entrepreneurs and small businesses in our hometown area startup, grow, and succeed.

SERVICES

Headquartered in Aiken, South Carolina, we are an affiliate of the Small Business Administration and among 300 chapters nationwide. Our main office is at the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce located at 121 Richland Avenue East, in Aiken.  For the convenience of our Georgia clients, we have another location at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at 1000 Business Boulevard in Evans, Georgia.

We are fortunate to have many volunteers with varied experience and backgrounds who donate their time to help would-be entrepreneurs and small businesses start-up, grow, and succeed. This team serves the CSRA….some fifteen counties.  In South Carolina they include Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, and McCormick counties. In Georgia the ten counties are Burke, Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren, and Wilkes.  From this area almost 1,000 clients have been served over the last three years, of which a third are existing businesses.

For our work during 2017, we are proud to have been recognized as the SCORE National Chapter of the Year for Small Cities.

BUSINESS COUNSELORS

Over forty real-world professionals are a part of our volunteer team who provide guidance and counseling. Among them are experts in business plan preparation, accounting, administration, marketing, finance, insurance, environmental management, construction, general management, manufacturing, retailing and sales, government contracting.

APPOINTMENTS

Our counseling services are available by either booking an appointment on our website (REQUEST A MEETING) or by calling the Chamber of Commerce with the most convenient location.  Our South Carolina clients usually meet with us at the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce at 121 Richland Ave East, in Aiken.   You can reach them at 803-641-1111 to schedule an appointment. Georgia clients can either meet with us in Aiken or at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Evans.  They may be reached at 706-651-0018.

SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters across the country. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.