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Des Moines SCORE

SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email.


Please plan to attend a Workshop that is being offered by the Des Moines SCORE Chapter and DMACC

SCORE “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” Series Workshops


Jump-start your business idea with SCORE Simple Steps Series Workshops.  Successful and experienced executives will help you reach a “go or no go” decision for starting a business.

Make a smart start.  Attend the Simple Steps Series Workshops and begin your journey for small business success.


The SCORE Simple Steps Series provides five, three-hour workshops with action steps:

Start-up Basics

Business Concept

Marketing Plan

Financial Projections

Funding Sources and Next Steps

Next Session Schedule

DMACC Ankeny Campus

Mondays, April 14 – May 12

Building 19, Room 10

CRN 28849


DMACC Boone Campus

Tuesdays, April 15 – May 13

Room 172

CRN 28848


DMACC Southridge Center

Thursdays, April 17 – May 15

Room 17

CRN 28847


The courses are also appearing on our website: or DMACC—515-964-6800.


Five-week Sessions


TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Please RSVP To: or call DMACC—515-964-6800.


Space is limited so make your reservation today

Hope to see you there!


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.

Volunteer Story


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Volunteer Spotlight

One of the items that SCORE's volunteers identified as an area for improvement across SCORE was recognition. In order to help foster more recognition of SCORE's volunteers, teams and chapters, we are implementing a new "SCORE Volunteer Spotlight" program. We will be highlighting volunteers and chapters to showcase our service and quality.




Meet Linda Ranslow 
Chapter Secretary for SCORE Rochester


Linda Ranslow is a dedicated 4-year SCORE volunteer who supports the Rochester, New York chapter of SCORE as the Chapter Secretary. Even though she has never mentored a client, her willingness to learn new skills and her ability to keep up with new technology have allowed her to have a meaningful volunteer experience.

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"There are many roles and opportunities in each chapter, and it takes a lot of effort from many people to make a chapter successful."



"After 29 years, I left my career with Xerox in 2004 to spend more time with my family continuing to raise two daughters. I lost my husband in 2007 to inoperable brain cancer, and by the end of 2008, I was searching for a meaningful volunteer opportunity to fill a void in my life. I came across a volunteer matching site online that indicated that my local SCORE chapter was looking for a chapter secretary. I thought it was a good match (and so did they). I started in January 2009 as the Rochester Chapter Secretary."


"Initially, my role was to take notes at the monthly member and board meetings. Within months, I also became the editor of the chapter online newsletter, which we created and distributed through Constant Contact (CC). In 2010, seeing the advantages that CC had for event planning, I convinced the chapter to try it for their annual holiday luncheon. We then transitioned our workshop registration into CC, and shortly after that, we added workshop fees through PayPal. Utilizing the capabilities of CC has streamlined our workshop process and made it much more efficient."


"The best part of volunteering with SCORE is the interaction with everyone I work with. I feel that my skills and abilities are very much appreciated and that my contributions help to make the chapter more efficient and productive."


"Find your niche in the chapter, and become very active in the ongoing chapter activities. There are many roles and opportunities in each chapter, and it takes a lot of effort from many people to make a chapter successful. There is a good fit for anyone who is willing to help by putting forth their efforts in a positive way to ultimately help our small business clients. As a member of SCORE you have a critical role: your chapter won't be successful unless you're willing to get involved. I hope you will. We need everyone's help!"


Linda shares her volunteer efforts with the Rochester Ronald McDonald House, where she leads fundraising efforts. In addition, she is a deacon in her church and a mother to her two daughters: Allison (a junior at Penn State) and Madison (a sophomore in high school).








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Upcoming SCORE Continuing Education Webinars



An Insider's Guide to the SCORE Code of Ethics - Feb. 13 @ 2 p.m. 

Join us as we dive in to the Code of Ethics and answer your questions about the ground rules for professional behavior within SCORE.





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