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. 

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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.

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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.

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Meet Some Great People Who Make Our Chapter Work

Barbara Whiddon
Chapter Chair

Barbara brings decades of experience working for a large manufacturing company.   Her expertise is in the areas of process improvement, communications and organizational change 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 since 2013.

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Dr. Allison Landes, M.D. and Dr. Marc Landes, O.D
Landes Eye Associates

Three months before the Landes acquired the practice, Tom Bender and John Dilworth began working with Allison and Marc to develop a business plan.

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