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Volunteer with SCORE

Support small businesses in your community. SCORE is looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates.

Justyn Pippins

Justyn Pippins,

SCORE Volunteer Mentor

"To be a great leader you first have to be a great follower.  I love how my clients react when they figure out they are not alone in entrepreneurship.  We are building an ecosystem so that all SCORE clients can be successful."

Black Entrepreneurs

Black small business owners and their communities have faced extraordinary challenges over the years. Now, we have an opportunity to do better. With over 50 years of experience, SCORE is renewing our commitment to being part of the solution. We’re here to close the opportunity gap. We’re here to take action. We’re here to give you the tools to meet and overcome any business challenge so that you can succeed.

We spoke with our clients to fully understand the challenges facing Black small business owners today. Before most Black entrepreneurs even open their doors, they face a range of obstacles, from a lack of capital to difficulty accessing government programs—not to mention encountering bias and racism along the way.

"It’s amazing to get two or three SCORE mentors to help you navigate these things so you can grow your business."

– Stevenson Democry, STEAMed Drones

 

There are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in the United States

There are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in the United States.

Fundera, 20 Black-Owned Business Statistics for 2021

Black business owners receive less business financing, less often, and at higher rates

Black business owners receive less business financing, less often, and at higher rates.

Fundera, 20 Black-Owned Business Statistics for 2021

Women make up 46 percent of Black entrepreneurs.

Women make up 46 percent of Black entrepreneurs.
Fundera, 20 Black-Owned Business Statistics for 2021

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"As a SCORE Volunteer, I know that we help our clients and immediately make a positive impact within our community.  I personally enjoy connecting with clients and helping them come up with solutions and resources that help to complete their goals.  When we help a business, we impact clients' ability to grow, stay in business, take care of their families, and possibly hire other people in the community.  I am proud to be part of this national organization of professionals."

Kat Shepherd,

SCORE Volunteer Mentor

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Black Entrepreneurs Who Turned to SCORE as a Partner in Their Success

With SCORE by your side, you don't have to go it alone. SCORE has helped countless Black entrepreneurs find success in their small businesses. See how SCORE has helped some of the small business owners start and grow their small businesses. Yours could be the next success story!

Ursula’s About Phace Rittenhouse Studio logo

Ursula's About Phace Rittenhouse Studio

"There’s not enough ink in my pen to write about everything that’s great about my mentor, Mr. Mark Maguire. What makes him an exceptional mentor are the qualities he possesses naturally: his willingness to share his genius, skills, knowledge, and expertise - at a level that’s not condescending or confusing - in a concise manner that makes it easy to understand."

Puff Cuff

Puff Cuff

"I am incredibly grateful for my first SCORE mentor, Captain Edward M. Davidson. He helped me see that PuffCuff was a viable business and a natural solution for those with curls. He also taught me it was okay to make mistakes; you just have to recover from them and do better next time."

Mutts Sauce

Mutts Sauce

"Even though I don't come from a family of entrepreneurs, John made me see it was still possible, and I launched four months after we started working together. Everything that SCORE offered was exactly what I needed to get the business started."

Freedom at the Mat

Freedom at the Mat

"Dean counseled me on how to negotiate with my suppliers, including terms and conditions and pricing. He was very critical in helping me set realistic goals and expectations to launch smartly with my limited resources. He also pushed me to create a business plan and helped me stay on top of creating and executing my own marketing plan."

STEAMed Drones

STEAMed Drones

"As an entrepreneur, over 50% of the things we run into are things we know nothing about. It’s amazing to get two or three SCORE mentors to help you navigate these things so you can grow your business."

Digital with Danielle

Digital with Danielle

"You can do so much more when you get help. My SCORE coach taught me that I can have premium clients. I learned to ignore my initial feelings of ‘imposter syndrome’ because I have more experience in this than others. I have a lot to offer."

Helping Individuals Succeed

Helping Individuals Succeed

"No one should be afraid to do something because they don’t know the answer."

URSULA'S ABOUT PHACE RITTENHOUSE STUDIO

Small Business Journey

"There’s not enough ink in my pen to write about everything that’s great about my mentor, Mr. Mark Maguire. What makes him an exceptional mentor are the qualities he possesses naturally: his willingness to share his genius, skills, knowledge, and expertise - at a level that’s not condescending or confusing -  in a concise manner that makes it easy to understand."

Check Out Her Journey

Ursula Augustine

Resources for Black Entrepreneurs

Not sure where to begin? Check out these articles and resources for Black entrepreneurs.

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Live Event
Online

January 19: Supplier Diversity & Certifications - You Have Questions, SCORE Has Answers

Event Language: English
January 19, 2023, 1:00pm EST

View the on-demand course modules, then attend this live Q&A dedicated to answering your questions about Supplier Diversity & Certifications. Read more

Register Now
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Live Event
Online

December 29: Supplier Diversity & Certifications - You Have Questions, SCORE Has Answers

Event Language: English
December 29, 2022, 1:00pm EST

View the on-demand course modules, then attend this live Q&A dedicated to answering your questions about Supplier Diversity & Certifications. Read more

Register Now
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Live Event
Online

November 15: Supplier Diversity & Certifications - You Have Questions, SCORE Has Answers

Event Language: English
November 15, 2022, 1:00pm EST

View the on-demand course modules, then attend this live Q&A dedicated to answering your questions about Supplier Diversity & Certifications. Read more

Register Now
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Blog

11 Funding Options for Black-Owned Businesses

Article Language: English
August 15, 2022,

To help Black-owned businesses identify the best funding sources available, we asked CEOs and business leaders this question for their best insights. From the iFundWomen of Color Program to Reign Ventures, there are several options available particularly for Black business owners to secure funding for their businesses. 

National Small Bussiness Month
Recorded Webinar

Live Q&A - Expert Advice and Solutions for Black-Owned Business Challenges

Event Language: English
August 11, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

Join our National Black Business Month webinar as we celebrate with a panel of experts dedicated to answering your business questions. Read more

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Blog

Starting a Black Beauty Business

Article Language: English
August 11, 2022,

Now that most cities and states have lifted mask mandates and people are returning to their offices, women are buying more cosmetics. They are purchasing 70% more than they did pre-pandemic, according to the “Makeup Attitudes and Usage Report” from The NPD Group.

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Blog

10 Ways To Celebrate National Black Business Month

Article Language: English
August 4, 2022,

To help you best support Black-owned businesses, we asked Black business owners and leaders this question for their best recommendations. From promoting Black-owned businesses on social media to providing Black founders with more access to funding, several recommendations may help you offer the best support to Black-owned businesses as you celebrate National Black Business Month.

Charlynda Scales, Founder of Mutt's Sauce hugging her SCORE mentor John Soutar
Article

Mutt's Sauce Small Business Journey

Article Language: English

While serving in the US Air Force, Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. was known for his homemade, all-purpose sauce. Decades later, his granddaughter Charlynda founded Mutt’s Sauce to... Read more

Young female black business owner
Recorded Webinar

Keys to a Successful Black Owned Business Startup

Event Language: English
February 22, 2022, 1:00pm EST

If you're an entrepreneur with a good idea, join our live webinar to learn how to plan your start-up business and succeed in your industry. Read more

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Blog

13 Black Business Owners Share Their Secrets To Success

Article Language: English
February 17, 2022,

Get tips from Black entrepreneurs on how to succeed in business.

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Blog

9 Ways To Be An Ally For Black Professionals and Business Owners

Article Language: English
February 10, 2022,

Learn how you can best be an ally to Black business owners.

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Blog

Black Entrepreneurs Face Their Challenges and Feel Optimistic

Article Language: English
February 8, 2022,

Discover more about how Black-Owned businesses are doing in the United States.

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