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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!

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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."

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Ursula Augustine

Resources for Black Entrepreneurs

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Jasper County - SCORE Entrepreneurship

Article Language: English

Join SCORE SC Lowcountry's Minority Small Business Program & The Concerned Citizens of Jasper County for an entrepreneurship event. Read more

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Lowcountry Minority Business Program

Article Language: English

Minority business owners may apply for financial awards through our Minority Small Business Program. SCORE offers orientation workshops to explain how to apply for these awards. Read more

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Minority Small Business Program Awards

Article Language: English

Michelle Gaston (SCORE Program Leader) introduces the Minority Small Business Program. Learn what several business owners, award winners 2021, think of it. Read more

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SCORE Awards Grants For Minority-Owned Businesses

Article Language: English

News report by Fox 28 Savannah highlights program offered by SCORE SC Lowcountry for minority business owners.  Read more

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Coastal with Kathryn | Luana Sellars Interview

Article Language: English

Kathryn Mademann, on her show "Coastal with Kathryn", interviews Luana Graves Sellars on the significance of the Gullah community and Mitchellville on Hilton Head Island. Read more

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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. 

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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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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.

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