Small Business Resources

SCORE Counseling

Could you benefit from free business advice? SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” provides free, confidential advice to anyone wanting to start their own business, and to existing small business owners who are experiencing difficulties, or who want to expand to the next level of success.

Macon SCORE is a branch of the nationwide volunteer organization, founded by the U.S. Government Small Business Administration in 1964, with more than 11,000 trained counselors in nearly 400 chapters across America.

Since opening shop at the Macon Chamber offices in 2006, local SCORE counselors have assisted more than 300 clients, with advice ranging from marketing to finance to writing an effective business plan.

SCORE offers free, face to face counseling at the Chamber offices every Wednesday morning. To make an appointment, please call the Chamber at 478-621-2000.

What is SCORE?

SCORE volunteer counselors all have extensive real world experience, either as former business owners, or as senior executives in the business world. In addition to a comprehensive training program, counselors have access to a world class online business information network, and to the individual expertise of the thousands of fellow SCORE volunteers across the USA.

For more information about the SCORE organization, click here.

Small Business Development

The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce connects member businesses to the UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for no-cost, confidential consulting services to Georgia’s small businesses.

In addition to the free consulting services, the SBDC office in Macon offers periodic continuing education seminars and classes that cover a variety of topics important to starting and operating a successful small business. For more information, click here.

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