Small Business Counseling
The Small Business Administration oversees the SCORE program and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). Both offer free one-on-one counseling to business owners and those who want to start a business, along with a variety of workshops focused on starting and operating a small business in Florida. The local SBDC office is hosted by Indian River State College. Please call the SBDC office at 772-226-2541 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
SCORE is a national non-profit organization staffed by volunteers - retired business executives with years of business expertise. The local SCORE executives counsel clients at the Indian River Chamber building by appointment only. Please call the Chamber to schedule an appointment, 772-567-3491, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCORE counselors also conduct a variety of free business workshops on topics such as: Marketing; Writing a Business Plan; Hiring the Right Employees; Budgeting and more. The workshops are held at the Chamber of Commerce, 1216 21st Street, in downtown Vero Beach. While there is rarely a fee to attend in the workshops, reservations are required as seating is limited. Call the Chamber 772-567-3491 to learn more.