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Women Entrepreneurs

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.

“It was SO nice to talk with the different SCORE mentors who had strong skills in the areas I needed help with. I learned there are people out there who want you to succeed.”

– Kelly Twichel, Access Trax

 

Only 2.3% of venture capital funding went to startups solely owned by women.

Only 2.3% of venture capital funding went to startups solely owned by women.

PitchBook, The US VC Female Founders Dashboard

Infographic representing the amount of women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies

Only 26 women are found as CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.

Apps That Deliver, Women in Business Statistics

12.3% of small business owners in the US are women

12.3% of small business owners in the US are women.

Apps That Deliver, Women in Business Statistics

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"I believe that small businesses are a vital part of a community's economic vitality. I am passionate about helping to improve social justice and want to see everyone's talents have an opportunity to blossom and shine."

Chris-Anna Lazar,

SCORE Volunteer Mentor

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Women 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 Women 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!

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Grants Ink

No one in her personal life was able to provide the help she needed so Lorinda turned to SCORE for the guidance she was looking for.

Sway-Oh

Sway-Oh

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

Specs 4 Us

Specs 4 Us

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

Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori's Original Lemonade

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

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley

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

Crawligator

Crawligator

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

Our Favorite Things

Our Favorite Things Botique & Event Center

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

GRANTS INK

Small Business Journey

"I didn't have anyone in my personal life that could give me this guidance and school wasn't doing it either. SCORE was the one resource that could give me the tools I needed."

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Lorinda Gonzales

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Check out resources created especially for Women business owners.

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SCORE Professional Women's Network

Article Language: English
January 24, 2022

You will find a women's network for almost every major field in business – tech, medicine, communications, science, the arts. Women are drawn to this sort of support and collaboration in a busy world where making connections is not always easy.

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Joella Gamon

Article Language: English
June 25, 2021

SCORE mentor Joella Gamon was first introduced to the Chapter as a SCORE client. She had a great experience working with her mentor Kevin Saint Cyr. So when he mentioned that she would be a welcome addition to the ranks of mentors, Joella jumped at the chance to give back to a community that she was passionate about within an established network of seasoned professionals. It seemed like the perfect fit.

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Ramon Estevez

Article Language: English
March 25, 2021

SCORE mentor Ramon Estevez contributes financial expertise and bilingual skills to Chapter 16 while still pursuing an active full-time career.

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Naeem Malik

Article Language: English
February 25, 2021

New SCORE mentor Naeem Malik, recently retired from Armstrong contributes to the mission of Chapter 16.

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Jean Stephens

Article Language: English
January 28, 2021

Jean Stephens made the commitment to improving the lives of others when she became a SCORE mentor.

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SCORE Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Trunk

Article Language: English
October 25, 2020

Paul Trunk leads the Member Services Committee, which oversees volunteer recruitment, onboarding, engagement, and retention, to continue advancing the SCORE mission within Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.

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SCORE Volunteer Spotlight: Erik Shaw

Article Language: English
September 26, 2020

Erik Shaw is the embodiment of SCORE's future. He meshes the emotional intelligence to work with other cultures, with the process required for a startup to survive and scale.

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SCORE Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Heiner

Article Language: English
August 25, 2020

Meet New SCORE Subject Matter Expert Michael Heiner, an IT Specialist with almost ten years of experience to contribute to both our clients and mentors.

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SCORE Is Here To Serve All Small Businesses of Lancaster

Article Language: English
July 29, 2020

SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon chose to spotlight the SCORE Mission, Vision, and Values in the Summer Issue of Fig Lancaster

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Linda Toth

Article Language: English
July 28, 2020

Meet New SCORE Mentor Linda Toth.

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Denise Fessler

Article Language: English
February 19, 2020

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