One-On-One Counseling

One-On-One Counseling

One-on-One counseling is available free of charge to persons running a business.

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Start a Business

Start a Business

Starting a business is not easy. You need SCORE volunteers to help provide knowledge.

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Improve a Business

Improve a Business

SCORE offers a unique opportunity for current small business owners to develop plans, strategies and tactics to improve their business

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Information on starting a business

Starting a business is tough, SCORE is here to help guide you.

How to turn your hobby into a business

Posted by Boardroom on Jul 27, 2015

  Published in The Tennessean July 27, 2015 By Ed Rappuhn – SCORE Nashville “I’ve been running a business as a hobby and am ready to get serious. Do I need to form a company and what do I do?” By running the business as a hobby, you’ve gained some valuable experience and that’s a great start. And yes, if you are serious about the business, it’s best to form a company. Start by naming your business and deciding on your legal structure. Here are your choices: A sole proprietorship , the simplest...

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7 ways to minimize nerves before your presentation

Posted by Boardroom on Jul 13, 2015

  Published in The Tennessean July 13, 2015 By Ed Rappuhn – SCORE Nashville “I enjoy meeting with prospects and customers one-on-one and have been successful growing my business this way. Now I’ve been asked to do a presentation in front of 30 people and I’m a wreck. Any ideas?” First of all, you’re not alone! To paraphrase the great philosopher Jerry Seinfeld, “People’s number one fear is public speaking; number two is death. This means that at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”...

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Body language paves way for success

Posted by Boardroom on Jun 29, 2015

Published in The Tennessean June 29, 2015 By Ed Rappuhn – SCORE Nashville “I can sell my product on the phone or over my website, but repeatedly fail when face-to-face. I am clean and well-dressed but something goes amiss.” What does your body say when you meet someone in person? Body language is thought to be the most important interpersonal communication skill followed by tone of voice and finally by the actual words you say. This is particularly true when one’s body language and words are at odds with each other. Think of...

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This is what they say about us.


Bryan Hall

TDB Trading Enterprises, LLC.

I had been in business for almost 12 years when I saw an ad for SCORE and decided to contact them concerning a need I had for a line of credit.  What I found in my counselor, Tom Kelley, was a diamond in the ruff!  As a seasoned business executive, he understood my business from a standpoint that helped me to run day to day operations in a much more efficient manner.   From developing spreadsheets to calculate cash flow to assisting me in obtaining the financing I needed, Tom was so much more than I anticipated. He went way above my expectations in every possible situation and was hands on the whole time. It is a great feeling to have someone by your side when you are making tough decisions. Someone who will help make sure you make the right decisions that are best for you and your company.  Tom has become a trusted advisor and friend.  If you are starting a new business or need help with one that has been around for years, call SCORE and you will forever be glad you did.


Dr. Missy Eisenhauer

Physical Therapy Specialists of Tennessee

I began working with SCORE at the beginning when I only had a business concept.   I was assigned to a counselor who helped guide me to several great seminars offered through SCORE.

After I set up my LLC, I continued to meet with my counselor for guidance as questions arose. Sometimes, my questions were very specific, so my counselor arranged for me to meet with other SCORE volunteers that had specialized backgrounds in those areas.  I was able to get help in areas such as marketing, sales and cold calling, as well as, financial strategies.

I can’t thank my SCORE counselors enough for all of the help and guidance they’ve given me throughout the growth of my business. I feel that SCORE helped me to develop a strong foundation that has led to my success. I look forward to someday volunteering for SCORE so that I can help others succeed.


Sean Clem


Gradspring would not exist today without the help of SCORE. I began writing the business plan for Gradspring while working for another company in another state. I knew that I wanted to move back home to Nashville to start the business and knew that I would need help in two areas once I got here; completing the business plan and funding to get Gradspring off the ground.  At SCORE, I found both.

My SCORE counselor, Ed Rappuhn, went above and beyond the call of duty to help me achieve my goals. It’s directly because of Ed and SCORE that Gradspring is a going concern that’s been in business for almost two years. I would encourage any young entrepreneur to seek out SCORE and to take full advantage of the range of services that they offer to assist small business.