Get the information you need to make smart decisions for your business.

Browse these tools and find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Your SCORE mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.


Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery

Download SCORE’s easy-to-use business planning, finance, sales, marketing and management templates to help you plan for a new business startup or grow your existing business. Read more


Financial Projections Template

Download this financial projections template to calculate your small business expenses, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement, break-even analysis & more. Read more


How to Successfully Start a Business with the SCORE Startup Roadmap

The SCORE Startup Roadmap, sponsored by FedEx, is the perfect tool to start the journey to your new business. A SCORE mentor can be your guide along the way. Read more

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Preparing for your SCORE Appointment

Preparing for your appointment is optional, but if you do a little beforehand it greatly enhances the effectiveness of your mentoring session and you maximize the mentor’s ability... Read more


Strategic Thinking

Slide presentation outlining key considerations in strategic thinking for your business. Read more

SBA Program Reference Guide

A handy, one-page reference guide to SBA programs Read more

Personal Financial Statement

This Excel spreadsheet is a template for creating a personal financial statement. Read more

NITEC Forum Guideline

Developed by the Northern Illinois Technology Enterprise Center,  Entrepreneurs  should use this outline when seeking investor funding. Read more

Selling your Business

Steps to take and considerations when selling your small business. Read more

Buying a Small Business

The advantages to purchasing an existing business- plus steps to take during the process. Read more

Understanding Credit Scoring

Credit worthiness is evaluated by lending institutions with the assistance of credit scoring. Read more

The ABCs of Borrowing (through traditional lenders)

This article describes types of lending available through traditional sources, and what lenders will be evaluating. Read more

Choosing the Right Bank

What to know in choosing a financial institution.  What to look for and what services are offered. Read more

Financial Management

The importance and role of financial management in a business. Read more

12 month sales forecast

Excel spreadsheet for 12 month sales forecast Read more