Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do at SCORE Long Island?

We give counsel and advice to Long Islanders who are in business or want to start a business.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for individual counseling. Some workshops or seminars have a small fee.

Am I entitled to only one individual session?

Certainly not! You can come back for as many sessions as you wish. Each session will last for approximately one hour. After your session, SCORE counselors will remain invested in your progress and will follow up to see how things are going.

What qualifies SCORE volunteers to give business advice?

The key qualification SCORE counselors bring the table is real-world experience. SCORE volunteers have specific industry and general business expertise. Counselors may be business owners, business executives, or operations managers. Many volunteers are working full-time in their respective field.

Are business secrets safe with SCORE?

Yes. All SCORE counselors honor the client's right to proprietary and confidential information. That information remains confidential as provided by SCORE's Code of Ethics. Counselors reaffirm their commitment for the association's Code of Ethics each year.

What do I need to bring to a counseling session?

The counseling sessions are free and many of our clients return for several appointments.  There is no set requirement, because it depends on what type of advice you want. You may just have an idea and want to know how to get started, or you may have a completed business plan and want another set of eyes to review it. There are no requirements, but the better prepared you are, the more you will get out of your session.