Welcome Women Entrepreneurs!

While SCORE has resources for all entrepreneurs, we are also determined to help women business owners succeed with these specialized resources.

Women are leading the way in the business world.

The 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report 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.

SCORE is dedicated to helping women business owners succeed.

In fact, 61% of our clients in 2019 were women. Some clients include Vera Bradley, the Crawligator, featured on ABC News with David Muir, and GaBBY Bows, sold in Target stores nationwide.

We’ve filled this resource center with tips, guides and success stories to help women address their needs and challenges.

It's time to start your dream business!

The SCORE Startup Roadmap SCORE has developed the Startup Roadmap, a comprehensive step-by-step experience that takes you from idea and inspiration to business planning and opening your doors.

Even if you have never established a new business before, the Startup Roadmap makes it easy for you to complete each step with clear guidance, tools and templates, and business resources.

Whether you’re already a female business owner or dreaming of opening day, the Startup Roadmap and your SCORE mentor will get you there, step-by-step.

Start Your Journey

Mentoring Can Help!

Small business clients who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.

Find Your Mentor Today

Meet some of SCORE's success stories! 

Vera Bradley

The Vera Bradley team contacted Ft. Wayne SCORE and were matched with volunteer mentor George Cook. Cook applied his extensive experience in corporate finance to help Baekgaard...

Specs4Us

Volunteer mentors Jon Slaybaugh and Richard Coyne have assisted Dellapina throughout the growth of her company. “They help me stand outside the box and look inside piece by piece...

Lori's Original Lemonade

Volk says SCORE mentors Joe Hausenbauer and Robert Tongen have been instrumental in guiding her through the process of funding her first production runs. She says, “They were...

Top resources for female business owners

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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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15 Essential Sites for Women Business Owners

Here are 15 of Rieva Lesonsky’s favorite online resources for women entrepreneurs. Read more

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Best Small Business Financing Options for Women Entrepreneurs

From loans to grants, here are the best small business financing options available to women entrepreneurs today. Read more

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Business Licenses and Permits – What Do You Need?

October 17, 2016

To keep a small company in compliance with local laws can be time-consuming and expensive. To avoid unnecessary stress, SBA prepared a list of information that serves as a guide for small businesses.

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4 Tips for Women Looking for Small-Business Grants

January 24, 2016

Although free cash to start or grow a business sounds like the dream solution, small-business grants are difficult to obtain because there just aren't many available. But if you're determined to try for a grant, there are some earmarked for women entrepreneurs.

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Great Small-Business Loans for Women

December 22, 2015

If you’re a woman who owns a small business, your financing options are no longer limited to bank loans, SBA loans or small-business grants.

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