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SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 10,000 volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

We can provide:

  • Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across 62 industries
  • Free, confidential business MENTORING in person, via email or by video
  • Free business TOOLS, templates and tips here online
  • Inexpensive or free business WORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7)

Our 300 chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

Our Speaker:

Kathy Pearce has over 30 years of experience as a finance executive at Xerox and a CEO of a faith based social services non-profit in Rochester, NY.  Since moving back to NC where she was raised, she has been active volunteering.  She is a certified SCORE mentor and was Chairman of the Davidson Farmer’s Market, president of Charlotte chapter of SCORE, on the boards of NC MedAssist and PiES (Project for innovation, Energy, and Sustainability) and a volunteer with the Free Clinic of our Towns at the Ada Jenkins Center.  She is also Program Chair for the Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte.  She has been a coach or judge with ShapeCharlotte, SEED20, Ventureprise’s Charlotte Venture Challenge, and Johnson and Wales Sharktank competition.  She was recently awarded the Dick O’Brien Award, the highest award for volunteer service from the Charlotte SCORE chapter.   She has a BA in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard.  She lives in Davidson with her husband.

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