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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.

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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

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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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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

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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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The Human Resources Secrets Your Small Business Needs

Article Language: English
July 20, 2020

Right now, the particular challenge most are facing is reopening and/or adjusting to a new service model, and it’s important to recognize how internal culture, growth and development can influence your outcome and success. I’d like to share with you, two small business etiquette themes that can make a difference for your business:

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Recommended Reading List for Startups (Updated)

Article Language: English
July 1, 2020

If you own a business or are considering starting a business of your own, the learning never ends. Here are my recommendations for must-reads. Whether you own a business, lead a business or plan to start a business, these are, in my view, the essentials:

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Emerging from "Lockdown" Successfully

Article Language: English
June 15, 2020

Cortney Moody, founder of Comfort Paws Mobile Canine Spa LLC, a self-contained mobile grooming unit that allows her to groom dogs in the comfort of their owners' driveways, is back open for business.

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The Time to Develop Your Successor is Now

Article Language: English
June 4, 2020

Every leader should continuously develop potential successors. Most leaders do nothing and then are horrified that no employee is really ready. That’s the best case in this bad situation. What if the situation got worse? What if there was the “unfortunate bus accident” or “sudden heart attack” and the leader was just no longer available?

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It's Time to Make YOUR New Normal

Article Language: English
April 23, 2020

Everybody is talking about “surviving the pandemic” and, "What will business be like in 'the new normal'?"  What I’m not hearing enough of is, "How do I recreate my business to be stronger and more resilient, both now and well into the future?" A recommended checklist for those who have the fortitude to charge ahead despite the challenges before them.

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SCORE Partner NEI Teams Up with Startup Space to Create COVID-19 Resource Hub

Article Language: English
April 10, 2020

SCORE partner NEI (the New Economy Initiative) has collaborated with Startup Space to launch a page connecting you to critical resources, programs and funding. Sign up to access a digital hub that brings all COVID-19 resources.

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Mentor Q&A: 4x4 with George Abraham

Article Language: English
April 9, 2020

Here are four questions and four answers (4x4) that shed light on why George Abraham, a Certified Volunteer Mentor with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE, chooses to give back of his time, expertise and inspiration.

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Small Business Resources for COVID-19 Relief

Article Language: English
March 27, 2020

SCORE is committed to providing you the best service we can as we continue to manage the impact of COVID-19.

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Improving Tele- and Video-Conferencing

Article Language: English
March 23, 2020

We can’t always be in the same parcel of geography with everyone we need in a meeting. Sometimes other forces get in the way of face-to-face meetings (like COVID-19).

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Mentor Q&A: 4x4 with Nilda Thomas

Article Language: English
March 23, 2020

Nilda Thomas is a Certified Volunteer Mentor with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE. Here are four questions and four answers (4x4) that shed light on why Nilda chose to give back of her time and wisdom.

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Tips for Adapting to the New Remote Working Reality

Article Language: English
March 20, 2020

Small business owners have had a new reality thrust upon them, as entrepreneurs everywhere suddenly find themselves working from home.

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dBusiness Offers COVID-19 Update, Including SCORE's Tax Planning Tips

Article Language: English
March 19, 2020

dBusiness Magazine has published one of many recent COVID-19 updates for the business publication's readership, including a recent roundup of resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses during this crisis.

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