Northwest Indiana SCORE

SCORE Volunteers meet at the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce every Wednesday from 9 am  until noon. 

Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and community leaders work together to support the economic growth, vitality and job market.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Become a volunteer mentor, or meet to discuss your business ideas!

Call 219-462-1105 to arrange your appointment with a Certified Business Mentor.



Marty Stritof, a SCORE Certified Mentor, has been advising business owners in Valparaiso for 15 years. As a business and banking professional, his years of experience have benefited countless entrepreneurs and business owners. Many thanks to Marty for 15 years of great service,

SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email

SCORE MENTORS are available to make presentations and offer business advice to your group or organization. Certified Business Mentor Jack Phelps recently engaged attendees of The Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association (NICIA.ORG) with his insights and experience as an entrepreneur.


SCORE mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business. Topics that will be featured in 2015 include:

 UNDERSTANDING FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES - with FranNet MidAmerica Franchise Specialist Mark Roger. Apiril 1st at 9am at the Greater Valparaiso Chamber Office  (No Fee) - Call (219) 462-1105 for more information and to register.

HIRING AND RETAINING THE RIGHT EMPLOYEES - April 8th  Be prepared to review your hiring procedures, and learn the tricks to recruiting and retaining the right employees for your business. Workshop is at the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce office, and begins at 1pm. Cost $20 includes all materials.

WANT To OWN and OPERATE A FAMILY BUSINESS?   -   This workshop will address issues faced in a Family Business. Learn the secrets of owning and operating a successful family business from a local family business owner. Vince Neal and Jim Hubbard, SCORE advisors, will present successful small business practices and help you with the unique issues that family businesses must face. Understand the necessity of a solid Business plan, leadership roles, communication and succession planning. (Date to be announced)

WANT TO ATTEND AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP? - send an email to to receive an announcement for when this event is scheduled.

JOB COSTING FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS -  Vince Neal  and Jim Hubbard team up to provide practical advice for estimating, costing, and preparing estimates for your business. This presentation will be geared towards growing and improving your bottom line, and basic financial understanding of a P&L statement, and Cash Flow will be discussed. Vince Neal has been in the home improvement business his entire life, and owner of a fourth generation family business before retiring. Learn secrets of a strong business operation that started small and became a million dollar revenue generating operation. The workshop is held at the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce on Lincolnway, next to City Hall. Family members may attend for free. Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm  Fee:$20 includes all materials . Email to sign up  or call (219) 462-1105

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR STARTING YOUR BUSINESS IN INDIANA - Concise and easy to follow steps. Call to receive a copy of the information, or arrange a meeting with an advisor for assistance. (219) 462-1105

Workshops are held at the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, located at 162 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN at 6 pm CT.  (Unless otherwise noted)

LEARN MORE - Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 9am. Meetings open to anyone interested in learning more about SCORE and business topics relevant to business growth and success.

Call (219) 462-1105 for more information.

Free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar covering healthcare reform and your small business hosted by SBA and Small Business Majority. Click to RSVP today

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars



SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Join us Thursdays at 2 PM ET.


In addition, Spanish-speaking small employers throughout the country can join representatives from SBA, HHS and Small Business Majority for ACA 101 webinars in Spanish on select Tuesdays at 4 PM ET




With access to a wide variety of documents, templates and tools to assist you in starting or growing your business, the information provided here covers a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, government agencies, and much more.