New Chattanooga business owners get help from retired executives through national program

Tonja Perkins is photographed in her north shore shop, The Perfect Fit, which sells women's sports apparel, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Getting help from SCORE

Prospective clients and volunteers can contact the Chattanooga SCORE office at 423-553-1722. The office, at 5726 Marlin Road near Eastgate Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clients can also reach out for help through SCORE’s national website at, where they can be referred to a local mentor.


Name: Service Corps of Retired ExecutivesOrganization: The nonprofit association headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, was founded in 1964 and is supported by the U.S. Small Business AdministrationSize: More than 10,000 mentors work through 320 SCORE chapters, including 19 volunteers with the Chattanooga chapter. To date, SCORE has served more than 8.5 million personsServices: SCORE volunteers help small businesses get off the ground and grow through education, seminars and mentorship.