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SCORE for Women Entrepreneurs

SCORE is here to help women small business owners.

Numbering at 13M in the U.S., women-owned businesses comprise a vital and growing segment of the economy. This segment employs 9.4M workers, ushers in new innovation, and introduces new products as part of a vibrant U.S. economy. Women entrepreneurs bring a unique perspective and sometimes must break ceilings in traditionally male-dominated industries or roles.  

SCORE is here to help you fulfill your business ownership goals and achieve greater success.  Along with resources and tools created especially for women entrepreneurs, SCORE offers free and confidential business advice. SCORE mentors, many of them successful women small business owners, are ready to help you achieve your business goals.

Women are leading the way in the business world.

The 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express found that the number of women-owned businesses climbed to nearly 13 million, representing 42% of all businesses in the United States. Women-owned businesses employ 9.4 million workers and generate $1.9 trillion in annual revenue.
 

Woman in mentoring session with female mentor

In 2019, 61% of our clients were women. SCORE is dedicated to helping women owners succeed. SCORE has a diverse volunteer force of qualified business mentors, all skilled and ready to help women entrepreneurs.  Once you request a free business mentor, SCORE will match you to a seasoned, experienced business expert. 

We understand women-led small businesses and are here to help.

Building a small business might seem daunting, but it’s more possible than you think. See how we’ve helped other aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller have taken their line of women's luggage, accessories and clothing to major markets around the globe.

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Kiddy Crawler LLC

Kiddy Crawler, LLC

Back From Extinction After 40 years -- Stacey Kohler brought the Crawligator back to the market.

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Our Favorite Things

Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center

Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry Grandmothers' continued in her grandmother's footsteps to run her own business.

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Sway-Oh Skewer Food Server

Sway-Oh, LLC

Shirley Washington starts with an idea that becomes an Amazon “hot new release”.

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Specs4Us

Specs4Us

Maria Dellapina has a vision that’s now filling a huge market need for quality eyewear.

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Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori Volk took selling lemonade locally to major stores, cafes, independent markets and restaurants.

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Resources for women business leaders.

SCORE has developed a number of resources to address the unique needs of women in the small business community. Browse these resources below then connect with a mentor to get personalized advice for your business.

Blog

Rescuing the “Shecession”

Women entrepreneurs and business owners have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Ingrid Vanderveldt of the SHEconomy Project explains what we can do to reverse this trend. Read more

Infographic

The Megaphone of Main Street: Women’s Entrepreneurship, Infographic #2: Financing and Female Entrepreneurs

SCORE’s latest infographic shows the financing challenges of female entrepreneurs. This infographic highlights the findings of part 2 of SCORE’s “The Megaphone of Main Street:... Read more

Recorded Webinar

How Female Founders Can Innovate and Disrupt the World of Business

This webinar will provide insights for women who want to innovate and disrupt the world of business – to grow faster, stronger, and soar globally for a better tomorrow. Read more

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Blog

How to Get Certified as a Minority-Owned Business

In a climate of intense awareness for the fair treatment of all minorities, getting your business officially certified as minority-owned can open important contract opportunities. Read more

Blog

Networking for Women Business Leaders

If like many successful women leaders, you’re excited to grow your network, but aren’t sure where to get started, check out these networking resources. Read more

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How Women Entrepreneurs Can Win Federal Contracts

The federal government sets aside a certain percentage of contracts for Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) in areas where WOSBs have been under-represented. Read more

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Ask SCORE - October 2018 - Protecting Your Intellectual Property.

Ask SCORE             I have invented a device that improves the efficiency of home heating systems. I would like to discuss potential relationships with large furnace... Read more
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Ask Score - May 2017 Doing Business Globally

I own a small medical supplies manufacturing firm and am beginning to think about selling overseas. I have never done this before and am not sure where to start. Any assistance... Read more
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Ask Score - March 2017 Protecting Your Small Business From Hackers

Just about every week I read about another large corporation being hacked and having its data stolen. I operate a local funeral home. Should I be worried about such things? Read more
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Ask Score - February 2017 - Marketing Metrics

About a year ago, my carpet cleaning business began using social media in our marketing. Though our revenues have improved, I am inundated with more statistics than I could ever... Read more
Podcast

BizIQ Radio

Podcast on BizIQ Radio : Don Byrne and Andrea O'Brien speakwith Jeff Rapson of SCORE. This show originally aired August 6, 2016. http://www.podbean.com/media/player/embed/postId/... Read more
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Purchasing and Leasing Options

Ask SCORE             I’m going to be setting up a new dental practice when I graduate this year. The equipment companies all offer both purchase and leasing options.... Read more

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Getting Customer Feedback

Ask SCORE             I’m thinking about adding some new products to my retail pet supply business, but before doing so would like to get feedback from my customers as... Read more

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Disaster Planning

Ask SCORE             Hearing daily about not only natural disasters but also about political unrest and terrorism, what can I do to protect my business from the effects of... Read more

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