NWA SCORE | Counselors to Northwest Arkansas' Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

About Us
Northwest Arkansas SCORE, Chapter 511 provides FREE and confidential small business counseling by consultants with plenty of real life experience. Business Consulting/Mentoring Services provided on a broad spectrum of business topics for existing or start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. All of our counselor/mentors are volunteers from all areas of the business world. We serve all of NWA including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Rogers and Springdale.

SCORE Counselors are volunteers coming from various areas of the business community. SCORE Counselors provide FREE and confidential business consulting assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners in Northwest Arkansas cities of Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Ft Smith, Harrison, Rogers, Springdale and cities in the counties of Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Washington, Arkansas. Each volunteer strives not only to assist small business development but also to serve as consultants and mentors to their clients as their businesses progresses.

In addition to our services to local small business, we endeavor to cultivate future entrepreneurs and offer our services as contest judges, speaker and consultants. We are active in our area's Chambers of Commerce and assist the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville when possible. The latter includes mentoring and coaching graduate students for Business Plan Competition and providing leadership and direction to the SAKE program (Students Acquiring Knowledge through Enterprise).

We have been nationally honored as SCORE District Chapter of the year on many occasions for our work in Northwest Arkansas with business owners, entrepreneurs and business and civic leaders in the area. We are one of 24 District Chapters recognized out of 400 Chapters of the National SCORE Organization!

We are a resource partner of the Small Business Administration and the Arkansas Small Business Development Center at the University of Arkansas.

Strengthen small businesses, local communities and America by supporting our nations's proud heritage of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities and building success.

SCORE grows successful small businesses across America, one business at a time. | Northwest Arkansas SCORE - Northwest Arkansas SCORE Blog - National SCORE

About National SCORE
SCORE is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business mentoring and advice service.  More than half a million entrepreneurs count on SCORE each year for help with fulfilling their dream of starting a small business, as well as helping existing enterprises grow and become more successful.

SCORE Delivers Expert Advice to Entrepreneurs
SCORE’s more than 13,000 working and retired business professionals are committed to helping their communities thrive by providing local small business owners with valuable guidance and insights for success. Each of the 354 SCORE chapters across the country provide services and programs tailored to the local community’s specific business needs and challenges.
• SCORE mentors understand the needs and challenges of managing successful businesses because they’have experienced them too. Most have owned and operated their own businesses or served in management positions for companies such as McDonnell Douglas, Kodak, Procter & Gamble and General Electric.
• SCORE provided 590,550 total services in fiscal year (FY) 2010* - and has helped more than 9 million entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1964.
• SCORE offered 80,234 face-to-face and online business workshops in FY10. Seminars range in topic and scope depending on the needs of the local business community. A total of 283,150 people participated in a SCORE workshop in FY10.

SCORE Small Business Web Site Provides Entrepreneurs with Helpful Tools
For more than a decade, SCORE has offered its valuable business mentoring services online at The web site’s content has grown to provide visitors with easy access to business information resources.
• Ask a Question online mentoring provides fast, free and confidential advice from dedicated, experienced mentors via email. In 2010, there were 106,216 online client sessions through SCORE Small Business web site Online mentors respond to questions within 48 hours.
• The SCORE web site has more than 2,000 pages of content dedicated to solving business problems. In FY10, recorded more than 3.5 million visitors.
• SCORE mentors value business privacy. All mentoring is confidential. Based on an entrepreneur’s needs, business mentoring with SCORE can last just a few sessions or evolve into an ongoing mentoring relationship.

SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Less than half of our expenses are funded through the Small Business Administration of the US Government. The balance are funded locally through workshops and donations.

Success Stories (NEW!)

Share your success story with Northwest Arkansas SCORE Submit SCORE Success Story

Read success stories from SCORE clients Read Success Stories

Download: How to Really Start Your Own Business

Download: State of Arkansas "Doing Business in Arkansas Handbook"

Upcoming Events

State Legislative Forums 

The Rogers-Lowell and Bentonville/Bella Vista Chambers of Commerce will be co-hosting the State Legislative Forums during the upcoming session.  These forums are open to the public and are intended to allow you to meet, answer questions and provide updates on public policy and legislation under discussion at the Capitol during the session. 

The public forums will be held on NWA Community College campus at the Shewmaker Center and will start at 9 a.m. 

January 26 - 9:00 a.m. - Walmart Auditorium - Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies
February 9 - 9:00 a.m. - Peterson Auditorium - Shewmaker Center for Business Development
February 23 - 9:00 a.m. - Peterson Auditorium - Shewmaker Center for Business Development
March 9 - 9:00 a.m. - Peterson Auditorium - Shewmaker Center for Business Development
March 23 - 9:00 a.m. - Peterson Auditorium - Shewmaker Center for Business Development
April 6 - 9:00 a.m. - Peterson Auditorium - Shewmaker Center for Business Development

  • SCORE Online Workshops - Live and Recorded - All Areas of Business

  • SBA Small Business Online Training

  • Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

    Provides Seminars, Online Training and Resources in NWA | Walton School of Business

    Fayetteville Training and Event Calendar and Registration
  • Direct Line Program | The Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via teleconference with U.S. Ambassadors oversea. Subscribe to Newsletter

  • Small Business Grant Information From Arkansas SBTDC

    Small business grants are scarce. To our knowledge, there is no grant money available for starting a small business. In some cases, there may be limited grant programs available to small businesses in a specific industry serving a special purpose, such as a lunch program for a day care or research and development for technology businesses. However, these programs are typically narrow in scope. Most small business owners have to look to personal resources and loans to finance their small business. More Information

    Register for Free Business Advice

    We want you to meet your NWA SCORE Free Business Counselor and Mentor as soon as possible. Initial appointment is usually in person at a mutually agreed location. Additional services will be provided by email, phone and face to face meetings as appropriate.

    SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 40 years and has a network of over 13,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs.

    As highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs, SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.

    These SCORE mentors will help you start and grow your business through free and confidential business advice online and in person.

    Start now by clicking on this Mentor Registration Link.

    Have a quick question or not ready to register? - Use our CONTACT US page.

    NWA SCORE Monthly Newsletters & Weekly Blog Postings directed to small business owners, entrepreneurs and soon to be business owner. Please use the link below to sign up for either or both of these publications.

    The newsletter is distributed the first week of the month and the blog posting go out weekly.

    NWA SCORE Opens new office in Harrison

    The NWA SCORE branch office in Harrison is now open.  To meet with a SCORE counselor please click on any “Free Advice” button to register.
    Please note that meetings are scheduled by appointment only. Harrison Office Info

    Become a SCORE Volunteer

    Apply now to become a SCORE Volunteer. Support your local business community. Help small businesses succeed and grow. Contact us for more information about becoming a SCORE volunteer. Volunteer Application Link

    Become a Sponsor or Make a Donation

    We have limited sponsorships available that will be recognized on our website and other locations. We also accept donations that may be tax deductible as we are a 501(C)3 non-profit organization.
    Make a secure sponsor payment or donation via PayPal.

    Contact us | Volunteer NOW |Client Registration for FREE Counseling | Request Link | Post Event | FAQs | Helpful Links | Download PDFs | Download Financial Worksheets | Resources Clients | Resources Counselors | Resources for NonProfits | Business Articles | Submit Success Story |Read Success Stories | Events Calendar | Submit Event | National SCORE Website

    The development, maintenance and hosting of this website are provided compliments of XanZaMar Consulting - Internet Marketing.

    SCORE of Northwest Arkansas
    614 E Emma Street, M412
    Springdale, AR 72764

    Springdale Office Direct
    Phone/Fax 479/668-4005

    Main Phone/Fax (800) 646-0450

    E-mail us: