SCORE Buffalo Niagara

Serving the 8 counties of Western NY​

Free, Real-World Business Advice to Help Your Business Succeed !! Our services include:


Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:

Effective March 12, 2020, until further notice, and out of an abundance of caution, SCORE has suspended all face-to-face mentoring, workshops, and activities.

SCORE Buffalo Niagara and its members do have abilities to deliver SCORE services through email, phone, and video conferencing. Appropriate accommodations are being instituted to ensure services are still available. Information and changes will be communicated through email and on this website.

SCORE is America’s premier small business counseling organization since 1964. Our mission is to help you achieve your business goals. The 70+ volunteers of SCORE Buffalo Niagara have many decades of real-world business experience to share with you as part of a national network of over 10,000. SCORE’s experienced business mentors provide general business advice on every aspect of business planning, start-up, management and growth.

The volunteers of SCORE Chapter 45 are ready to share their extensive and valuable real-world business experience to help you start, grow and enhance your business. Our SCORE business experts can meet with you in person, we can answer questions by phone and we can answer questions by email.

Use this link to connect with a SCORE volunteer.                                                                    

CLICK HERE for our list of local workshops
Learn About Us

SCORE Buffalo Niagara Radio Show is our Chapter's new outreach initiative to expand our reach to the general community, develop and foster relations with under served minorities, inform the community of support and organizations that can help them start and build their business.

CLICK HERE for SCORE Buffalo Niagara Radio                                                                         CLICK HERE for archived shows

Workshops & Events

Business owners at workshopAttend an in-person local workshop or any of the 100+ online webinars available with 24/7 instant access.

We present low-cost workshops covering business and pre-business topics such as Marketing, Finance, Business Plans, Taxes, Insurance and Legal structures. Many workshops are under $40; all workshops are always free to veterans!


Free Mentoring

Business owners at workshopGet free and confidential mentoring at Buffalo Chapter from 50+ mentors with decades of experience.

Meet with SCORE volunteers who are all experienced business people who understand what it takes to start, run and grow businesses. We are dedicated to helping you to achieve your goals. We can help you by phone, online and in person. 


Templates & Tools

Business owners at workshopUse our experts' best known practices with 500+ templates & tools to start and grow your 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.




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Local Workshops

Learn how to start and grow your business by attending our year-round low-cost local workshops that covers various business topics.

CLICK HERE for details

Mentoring Locations

CLICK HERE for details on all branch locations or click below to schedule an appointment in Buffalo, Kenmore, North Tonawanda or Clarence.

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SCORE Branches

SCORE now has branches in various locations. Below is the list of branches with their contact numbers to make an appointment.

CLICK HERE for branch list

Grand Island Waste Management LLC Grand Island Waste Management LLC

Jim Ehde, Owner

Jim attended Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workshop offered by SCORE, and met his SCORE mentor Don Topolski. As a result of his thorough analysis and mentoring during the workshop Jim concluded his idea was a GO and opened Grand Island Waste Management LLC in January of 2013. 

Jim continues to consult with Don Topolski his SCORE Certified Mentor and looking forward Jim plans to expand services even more.

Read the success Story