By Maria Valdez Haubrich

We’ve written about SCORE many times, but good news bears repeating. SCORE is a national nonprofit organization with 364 chapters nationwide and these chapters are just bursting to help you start and grow your business—FOR FREE, PEOPLE!

SCORE is teaming up with American Express OPEN for a series of events around the country called “Small Business High Speed Growth” and an event could be coming to your region soon. The program enhances their previous series and still includes the one-on-one speed coaching, but adds new problem-solving workshops on such areas as marketing and financing. You’ll not only come away with some great advice and new insights, but also get a chance to network with other entrepreneurs.

You must be registered to attend. Go to for more information on how to register.

Here are some upcoming 2011 events:

June 7: Minneapolis, MN

June 21: Portland, ME

July 19: Orange County, CA

October 4: Brooklyn, NY