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  • SCORE Counseling Services

  • The Ventura Chapter of SCORE and the Small Business Association have partnered to bring a free service provided by volunteers.  SCORE counsels members and non-members on business strategy and solutions.  Keep reading for more information or contact Barbara Brown to schedule an appointment.

  • Whether you are planning a start-up, struggling through the five-year hump, or operate a successful business and want to take it to the next level, SCORE counselors are available and eager to provide one-on-one advice in a completely confidential environment.

  • SCORE counselors are available in almost every specialty, including (but not limited to):

    • Investments

    • Accounting

    • Human Resources

    • Employment Law

    • Marketing & Advertising

    • Business Planning


    If one of these counselors is unable to provide proper advice and help on your particular issue, they will search for one who can.  SCORE appointments are available every Friday morning and afternoon at the Chamber.  To schedule an appointment, or find out more, contact Barbara Brown or call (805) 370-0035.

  • Regular Counselors at the Chamber:



    Background and Credentials

    Mr. James Bond

    Business Operations,

    Business Strategy,

    Marketing and Sales,

    Public Relations


    Mr. Harry Croner

    Business Operations,

    Business Strategy,

    Marketing and Sales,

    Public Relations


    Mr. Harvey Finkel

    Business Finance & Accounting,

    Business Strategy & Planning,

    Human Resources & Internal,


    Business Operations

    Began career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell’s (now KPMG) LA office and became a CPA.  After 4 years, moved to private world of accounting and financial operations including over 13 years at Fox as worldwide audit director, controller and VP of Finance.  Moved to smaller / start-up companies in 1998 and held various positions including CFO and COO.


    Education:  B.S. Finance, Woodbury University.  CPA, State of California

    Mr. Robert Machon

    Business Strategy & Planning,

    Sales, Marketing, & Public Relations

    Major Oil Company career – sales and marketing;
    Retail and Wholesale – international marketing;
    Franchise Development – Convenience store development and marketing;
    Real Estate – Program Development, site selection, government lobbying and advocating.

    Education: B.A. Economics, Middlebury College.
    M.B.A. in progress: University of Hartford

  • More About SCORE Ventura County:

    The Ventura County Chapter of SCORE, a non-profit (501C) organization was founded in 1971 as Chapter 255. We have been an active chapter since that time and currently have more than 40 volunteers. The counselors of SCORE Ventura County are active and retired successful business owners and managers. Our counselors volunteer their experience and knowledge to help established business owners and potential business owners achieve success.


    Ventura County Chapter 255 was selected as the 'Outstanding Chapter'
    in the Los Angeles District for 2002 and 2010.


    Client service is the objective of SCORE Ventura County. Our volunteer business counselors are dedicated to providing the best possible services via face-to-face counseling, business mentoring or online Email counseling, all at no charge to the client. The counselors of SCORE Ventura County are capable and willing to aid in the success of all small businesses throughout the County and Malibu. We counsel face to face at most Chamber of Commerce's by appointment. Many counselors go on-site to help businesses as well.


    SCORE Ventura County's list of business success stories include Kinko's, a data management/copy company that grew from two entrepreneurs to more than 40,000 employees worldwide and is now owned by FED-EX. Another success story is 'Heads above the Rest', a tall women's fashion company that was selected as women owned business of the year in 1996.


    We have numerous other success stories from the 1,000 clients we counsel each year and the hundreds we help through our on-going workshop Entrepreneur Series held in the spring, summer and fall.

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