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.



PHIL BAIN, SCORE Certified Mentor, has been advising business owners in Valparaiso for more than 20 years. As a business and marketing professional, his years of experience have benefited countless entrepreneurs and business owners. Phil has served as chair of the Northwest Indiana Chapter, and continues to offer one-on-one assistance to those interested in starting-up or improving their business. 

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. The Chapter was recently recognized by Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE, and Steve Records,VP of Field Operations, for their Leadership in 2014.

       Jack Phelps, Certified Business Mentor and Entrepreneur.

Learn, Network and Participate in

Special Events for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who are

Brewing Business in NW Indiana

Attend an event that will focus on small business owners who share their knowledge, insights and passion.

AUGUST 20, 2015 - Munster, Indiana

 A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS - Hear from experts willing to share their stories, experience and challenges.
  • Listen to the EXPERTS who built their INDIANA BUSINESS and are growing and prospering.
  • Business Owners are brought into the spotlight to share their passion and strategies
  • Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to ask probing questions,
  • Examine the key elements that help a small business survive in a highly competitive and accessible industry
  • Taste and network with SCORE Business Mentors, ISBDC Reps and Chamber members



         Cori Mathis

Cori Mathis has been an attorney for 13 years. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois and has an office in Merrillville. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her undergraduate studies and then attended DePaul University College of Law. She concentrated her studies during law school on business law, intellectual property, and contract law, and those areas of law have been her focus throughout her career. She is particularly interested in helping entrepreneurs and businesses identify, protect, and maximize their intangible assets through intellectual property protection and contract rights. She routinely files Federal and state trademark applications and copyright applications, identifies trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets that clients did not realize they had, represents clients in domain name disputes, develops privacy policies and disclaimers for websites, prepares and defends cease and desist letters, and negotiates a wide variety of agreements on behalf of her clients, including license agreements, distribution agreements, and independent contractor agreements. She is chairman of the social media committee of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Indiana, chairman of the hospitality committee of “e”- Engaging Northwest Indiana Business Women, and a member of the Lake County and Indiana State Bar Associations. She lives in Dyer with her husband and two children.
THE SCORE Chapter meeting is held at the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce located at 162 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso. Guests are welcome to attend at 9am on August 5th. 
Call (219) 462-1105 to register.

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.