SCORE Pittsburgh is committed to business development and job creation in southwestern Pennsylvania. We will do this by utilizing the broad business experience of our volunteer counselors and available external resources.
SCORE, the Counselors to America's Small Business, is a non-profit organization of experienced business owners and managers who give free,confidential business counseling to small and beginning businesses. Small businesses are defined by the Department of Commerce as having up to500 employees, or if a retail operation, by the dollar amount of its sales. This is the target group for SCORE. As a resource partner with the U.S.Small Business Administration, SCORE has been the primary source of professional volunteer counselors to America’s small businesses for over 40years. National SCORE, as well as all of its hundreds of chapters, is a 501(c) (3) organization.The Pittsburgh Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1965 and is the seventh oldest SCORE chapter in the United States. Pittsburgh SCORE servesAllegheny County and parts of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Washington counties, an area with a population of approximately 2 million people and over 50,000 businesses.
Current Programs and Activities
In addition to customized individual business counseling, SCORE offers a Small Business Basics Workshop for people who are just getting started in business, are in the planning stages, or are struggling with early stage challenges. This is a half-day seminar covering the basics of starting andrunning a business. The workshop applies both past experience and current theory to the process of becoming successful entrepreneurs. The presenters represent a mix of SCORE counselors and volunteers from the insurance, accounting, marketing, and legal professions.SCORE provides free and confidential individualized counseling to existing businesses as well as those just starting out. Counseling continues for asmany sessions as the client wants in order to get the results they desire. The SCORE counselor serves as a sounding board for the client’s ideas, for brainstorming new ideas, or giving solid business advice. Some examples of how SCORE counseling can help include ideas on how to grow a business by using the internet, ways to improve profits by reducing costs, and assistance in writing a business plan. SCORE counselors offer advice based on their many years of business experience as executives or small business owners.SCORE counseling can be arranged by submitting a Request for Counseling form on our website. The request is matched to a specific counselor andthe counselor then contacts the client to arrange a mutually agreeable time and place for the first meeting.Our website,www.scorepittsburgh.com, provides a wealth of information. A detailed Guide to Writing a Business Plan is available with links toother helpful resources on that topic. The Frequently Asked Questions section deals with topics such as getting started, planning and organizing, buying an existing business and raising money. The Info Links tab provides links to many useful small business websites.SCORE has a Speakers Bureau that provides SCORE members the opportunity to discuss topics related to running a start-up or small business inwestern Pennsylvania. The speakers are available for meetings of professional, civic, industrial, for-profit, non-profit, fraternal or religiousorganization in addition to local Chambers of Commerce. There is no charge for the speakers' services.We maintain an active mentor program by recruiting and maintaining members who will provide quality counseling to our clients. We do thisthrough in-depth interviewing of prospective counselors, continual training to upgrade counselor skills, ensuring adequate resources to supportcounseling activities, and utilizing co-counselors when appropriate.
Barry J. Lipson, Esq.
*Legal, Business, Governmental and Judicial Experience have included:*Legal:
Admitted to the Practice of Law in New York, Pennsylvania, and various Federal Courts including the United StatesSupreme Court. General Counsel to leading multi-national enterprise and legal counselor to major consumer products, drug,manufacturing, construction, and materials companies. Headed Corporation Division of well-respected Law Firm. Advanced LegalDegree in Trade Regulation.
Degree in Marketing and Economics from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Registered by theInternational Executive Service Corps (IESC) in the "IESC's Skills Bank Database of Experts." Vice President, Secretary andAssistant Secretary to major corporations and enterprises. Section Manager and Sales for major Department Stores and FoundingDirector of Food Cooperative.
Served three terms on Industrial Functional Advisory Committee on International Standards (appointed by the U.S.Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative). Assistant Attorney General in Anti-Monopolies and Litigation Bureaus(NYS). President, Allegheny County Transit Council. Lt. Commander, U.S. Naval JAG Corps (Certified Trial and Defense Counsel).
Adjunct Settlement Judge and Arbitrator for U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania. Certified for Federal "positionof Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), AL-3." Arbitrator and/or Mediator for American Arbitration Association, Arbitration ForumsInc., Better Business Bureau, EEOC, and NASD. Arbitrator and Master for Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.