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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.

Blog

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

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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 Call For Volunteers

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SCORE SC Lowcountry offers great volunteer opportunities; join our award-winning SCORE chapter and share your business expertise. Read more

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Coastal with Kathryn | Luana Sellars Interview

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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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Open For Business - Fusion Fit Training

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Open For Business interview with Rachel Cantore, Founder of "Fusion Fit Training and Coaching" of Hilton Head, SC. Rachel discusses how she pivoted her business to online services... Read more

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Open For Business: H.O.P.E. Life

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Dennis Ittenbach owner of of H.O.P.E. Life discusses how they pivoted their busienss during the COVID pandemic.  Read more

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Talk of The Town | WHHI TV | Casavant, Wallace

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Rod Casavant & Joyce Wallace, SCORE SC Lowcountry business mentors, discuss the impact SCORE has on small businesses in our local area! Read more

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Open For Business: Aunt Laurie's

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Open For Business interview with Laurie Brown, Founder and Owner of Aunt Laurie's, located on Hilton Head. Read more

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Open For Business: In & Out Cleaning

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Open For Business interview with Helyn Gallucci, CEO of "In... Read more

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SC Business One Stop

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South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) provides a single web portal for businesses operating in the state. Read more

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Business Basics Curriculum

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Figuring out how to start and manage a business requires some basic understanding of running a business. Read more

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Quickbooks Resource Center

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QuickBooks Business Resources QuickBooks Resource Center has tons of interactive tools, guides, and informative videos meant to educate entrepreneurs, business owners, and non-... Read more
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Starting A Business in the SC Lowcountry

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A guide that outlines the basic steps for starting a business in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Read more

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Small Business Basics

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SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business,” is proud to bring you a practical workbook to help you pursue your business ideas. Small businesses in America account for 50 percent... Read more

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