SCORE Offers Free Counseling

Staff reports

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE/Baton Rouge offer free, on-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses.  Counseling sessions are held the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon each month by appointment at the library in Dutchtown.

SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business), a nonprofit Association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Counselors are active or retired business owners and executives with extensive experience, who follow the steps on “How to Start and Manage a Successful Business.” This includes help on the business plan, financial forecast, marketing and sales, legal and accounting suggestions, business insurance needs, and the Bank Loan Package preparation. SCORE counselors follow a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.

This year SCORE will begin expanding its education opportunities in the community for small businesses with a new QuickSTART Program and a stronger Community Alliance Program. These New Programs will help SCORE become even more valuable resource in our community.

To learn more visit the Score website at To schedule a counseling appointment, call 225-381-7130 or toll-free 877-381-7130 and specify that you want to meet at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown.