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SCORE is here to help women small business owners.

Numbering in 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 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.

13 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. 42% of all U.S businesses are women owned.

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.
 

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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.

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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 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 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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New Year, New Hires – Growing your Business with New Employees

Article Language: English
October 19, 2016

Using your best employees and clients can help your company grow, The author shares her ideas how to start a New Year in a truly new way.

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SCORE Mentor Relates Financial Tips

Article Language: English
October 17, 2016
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Business Licenses and Permits – What Do You Need?

Article Language: English
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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The Public Library Has Resources to Check out Your Competition!

Article Language: English
October 17, 2016

Libraries offer a database to marketers and entrepreneurs. Using the example of Appleton Public Library, the author demonstrates various tools to explore and to map businesses.

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4 Tips for Women Looking for Small-Business Grants

Article Language: English
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

Article Language: English
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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4 Tips for Women Looking for Small-Business Grants

Article Language: English
November 19, 2015

If you're a woman looking for small-business grants, read further.

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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

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Why Women Should Start Small Businesses

Article Language: English
March 22, 2022,

Female small business owners have a variety of motivators for starting their business from inspiring other women entrepreneurs to showing others that it is possible to overcome the stigmas associated with women-owned businesses. Read on to see results from a recent survey for women entrepreneurs and women of color in business.

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Overcoming Financial Challenges for Women Business Owners

Article Language: English
March 15, 2022,

Unfortunately, 2021 was not a good year for women business owners. Learn more about the challenges women entrepreneurs faced during this time.

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