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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

Infographic

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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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 Mentor Spotlight: Laura Cooley

Article Language: English
December 23, 2020

New SCORE Volunteer Mentor Laura Cooley brings an impressive skill set to the Chapter that will be of great benefit to our clients in the year ahead.

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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: Jim Lee

Article Language: English
June 26, 2020

New SCORE mentor Jim Lee brings four decades of professional experience to our Chapter.

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SCORE Mentor Spotlight: Denise Fessler

Article Language: English
February 19, 2020

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