Welcome to SCORE Canton

SCORE Canton provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and personal objectives. We also offer workshops for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.

FREE and Confidential Mentoring

The SCORE Canton Chapter has 40+ mentors with decades of experience. Meet with SCORE Canton volunteers who are all experienced business people who understand what it takes to start, run and grow businesses. We are dedicated to helping you to achieve your goals. 

Find a Mentor

Workshop & Events

SCORE mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.

Take a Workshop

Templates & Tools

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.

Browse the Library

Empower yourself to find your voice and move beyond your boundaries Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Women's Empowerment Day Workshop presented by Women's Impact, Inc. and SCORE Canton with appreciation to event sponsor Meggitt PLC. Come for the full day: 8-4 or for a half-day: 8-1 or 11:30 - 4 at the Conference Center at Kent State University at Stark.

NEO Women Connect

Meet Some Great People Who Make Our Chapter Work

Tom Bender
Chapter Chairman

Tom brings over 42 years of experience working for large manufacturing companies.  His expertise is in the areas of Information Technology, Finance, Cost, and large Project management.  

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Pat Ripple, Canton SCORE District Director

Pat Ripple
District Director

During her business career that began in 1978, Pat worked for four leading companies – Ernst & Whinney, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., American Greetings Corp. and Esmet Inc. At American Greetings she rose to Senior VP and at Esmet served as CFO.

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Gwen Howze, Office Manager

Gwen Howze
Office Manager

Gwen has worked in the steel industry in sales. She also has worked with a gas company, initially in administration, then as a project leader in operations technology, and lastly as an information coordinator in human resources.

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Aspriring and existing small business owners were mentored and trained by SCORE in 2013.

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DJ and Franny Buell
Peace Love and Little Donuts of Canal Fulton

When the Buell’s business partnership was coming to a close, they turned to SCORE for a advice on conflict resolution.

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