Message from Margo Weitekamp, Chair of SCORE for Southeastern Connecticut (SECT)
Welcome to SECT SCORE! If you are looking for free business advice and ongoing mentoring to help you start up a new business or improve the results of your current small business, you’ve come to the right place.
We have over 40 business professionals who volunteer their time to help build small businesses in our community. SCORE volunteers love the ‘business of business’, and they believe in the power of small businesses to drive our local economy and to inspire innovation.
Running a business is challenging; but you are not alone. SCORE has helped many entrepreneurs in “start-up” mode, as well as owners of established small businesses by providing them with ideas and guidance to grow their business.
Southeastern Connecticut SCORE® is a non-profit resource partner of the SBA, chartered by the US Congress in 1964 to offer free business counseling to the public. Education is also an important part of our focus. We offer 60 workshops a year covering topics from business basics, managing your finances, digital marketing and social media, to franchising, preparing business plans, and more.
Please continue to enjoy our website, reach out to us to find a mentor, or to become a mentor. Southeastern Connecticut SCORE is here for you and your business.
Click the link at the bottom of this page to receive updates on free workshops and events in your area.
Our Southeastern Connecticut Chapter has nine branches to serve your needs. Each branch offers the same free and confidential counseling for small businesses.
Initially, you will meet with two or three counselors for one hour. Subsequent counseling sessions can be with those counselors or, if you have specific needs, other counselors can be called upon. Subsequent counseling sessions can also be conducted outside the normal hours, pending counselor availability.
The following are our branch locations and available counseling days and hours. Contact Us for your free face-to-face mentoring session at the location most convenient to you. All locations are by appointment only. Please call 860-388-9508 to obtain free counseling at one of our nine Southeastern Connecticut locations:
Essex Area: Essex Library, 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT 06426-1139. Mentoring: First, Second and Fourth Thursday of each month. Sessions at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.
Guilford Area: Guilford Police Station, Community Room, 400 Church Street (Route 77), Guilford, CT 06437. Mentoring: First 3 Wednesdays of the month. Sessions at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00. Fourth Wednesday at discretion of team lead. Second Saturday of the month, sessions at 10:00 and 11:00.
Madison Area: Liberty Bank, 859 Boston Post Road (Rte. 1), Madison, CT 06443-3155. Mentoring: Wednesdays. Sessions at 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15.
Middletown Area: Middlesex United Way, 100 Riverview Center, Suite 230, Middletown, CT 06457. Mentoring: Second, third and fourth Wednesday’s of the month. Sessions at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00PM.
Mystic Area: Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 62 Germanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355. Mentoring: First and third Wednesday of the month. Sessions at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00 / Second Wednesday 5:00 & 6:00PM.
New London Area: Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington Street (Corner of State St. and Huntington St.), New London, CT 06320. Mentoring: First, second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Sessions at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00.
Norwich Area: Dime Bank Corporate Office, 290 Salem Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360. Mentoring: Tuesdays. Sessions at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00 (with occasional 1:30 PM, at the discretion of the team lead).
Old Saybrook Area: Acton Library, 60 Old Boston Road, 2nd Floor, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1524. Mentoring: First and Third Tuesday of the month. Sessions at 10:15, 11:15 and 12:15. First Monday of the month 5:00PM -7:00PM.
Waterford Area: Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, CT 06385. Mentoring: First and Third Tuesdays. Sessions at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.