NEBA has partnered with SCORE since 2009.
From the inception of its business plan program NEBA has used
the SCORE business plan template located on the SCORE website.
The use of the SCORE template has assured all participants are
consistent in both the type and quality of information included
in the completed business plan.
In 2010 a formal business plan review was started. This review
assures the completed plan is consistent with current standards
and expectations of regional lenders. The second purpose of the
review is to obtain a SCORE mentor for the new entrepreneur.
Study after study has shown that a business has a greater rate
of success with a mentor as compared to new businesses that do
not have a mentor.
NEBA went national with its business plan development support
program in 2014. The NEBA-SCORE relationship is still a basic
cornerstone of the business plan development program.
Individuals in the national program and completing a business
plan are referred to their local SCORE office to obtain a
business plan review and a Mentor.