Buiness Advice and Mentoring

SCORE’s more than 11,000 business experts provide you with free, confidential, ongoing mentoring, counsel, advice and business guidance by sharing real-world advice and know-how. Our mentors come from every business sector and have substantial skills. The 50+ business volunteers in the Buffalo Niagara chapter live and work in the 8 Western New York counties that we serve. We have many decades of real business experience to share with you. For example we can:

• Help you start a business
• Advise on writing a business plan
• Answer a business question
• Solve a business problem
• Advise on how to obtain business funding
• Help you grow your business
• Be a part of your business advisory group
• Assist you in being a successful entrepreneur

Meet with us in person:
• Main Buffalo office (typically Monday – Friday 10, 11 and Noon by appointment only):
540 Niagara Center
130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Use this link to book a Buffalo appointment online using our SCORE-cast Client Appointment system

The "New Client Sign-up for Counseling" button will take you to the registration form. Once registered, you will see the calendar and you can choose any open date and time. You will receive an email confirmation.

To arrange a meeting outside of the Erie and Niagara County Region:

• For Allegany, telephone Belmont (585-268-7605) or Wellsville (585-593-5080) or Houghton (585-567-9200)
• For Cattaraugus (Olean, 716-372-6607)
• For Genesee (Batavia, 585-343-9550)
• For Orleans (Albion, 585-589-5335)
• For Wyoming (Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, 585-237-0230)

Please notify us promptly if you are unable to make an appointment or may be late. Our volunteers are on-site only by appointment. Please allow extra time to find parking and pass through building security at the Main Buffalo office.

Connect with us for an appointment at other times or locations and/or to get answers by email:

Use this link to connect with us via email. Please fill out the form with as much detail as you can so we can match you up with a mentor.

Call us:
Call the SBA Office at 716-551-4301 or use our 716-253-1130 Voicemail number that you can call any time of the day or night with a question.

• Be sure to tell us what you want
• Give us your contact information
• It helps if you speak slowly and clearly
• Our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible

We look forward to working with you! SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All counseling is free, neutral and confidential. Volunteer counselors are experienced owners or managers of businesses that volunteer their time to help small businesses succeed. SCORE has mentored more than 9 million entrepreneurs and small businesses since 1964.

In our 50 year history SCORE:

• Has helped over 10,000,000 clients
• Serves about 500,000 clients every year

Meet Face to Face

We'll connect with you local SCORE chapter and get you connected with right mentor.

Find An Email Mentor

"You can search for SCORE email mentors by Area of Business, Industry or skill and then browse their profiles by to find the one that's right for your business."

Browse our mentors profile and choose one thats right for you.