The Downeast Maine Chapter of SCORE provides free counseling services to existing and start-up businesses in the Ellsworth and MDI area. We help in the development of business plans and financing alternatives as well as helping the owner/operators of existing businesses manage and grow their operations. We are a volunteer group of retired and current managers and leaders of large and small businesses, backed by a national organization under the auspices of the Federal Small Business Administration. SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business” provide free counseling and low-cost workshops in Downeast Maine Communities. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as business counselors. SCORE was founded in 1964.