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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

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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Operations eCommerce Recorded Webinar

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A recording of a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on July 15, 2020. Part 4 of a 4-part-webinar series focused on assisting startups and small businesses on how to build their... Read more

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eCommerce Optimization Recorded Webinar

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A recording of a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on June 10, 2020. Part 1 of a 4-part-webinar series focused on assisting startups and small businesses on how to build their... Read more

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PPP: The Road to Loan Forgiveness Recorded Webinar

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View a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on June 1, 2020. SCORE Mentors discuss PPP Do’s and Don'ts and a walk through the loan forgiveness application. Read more

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Platform and Design eCommerce Recorded Webinar

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A recording of a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on May 27, 2020. Part 1 of a 4-part-webinar series focused on assisting startups and small businesses on how to build their... Read more

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What can Forecasting do for you? Recorded Webinar

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A recording of a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on May 18, 2020. Santa Barbara, CA business leaders discuss the benefits of using forecasting for your small business. Read more

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Business and Cash Flow Forecasting Automated Recorded Webinar

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A recording of a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on May 11, 2020. Santa Barbara, CA business leaders discuss automating forecasting using Clockwork.ai for QuickBooks. Read more

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Cash Flow Made Easy - Tips and Tools Recorded Webinar

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View a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on April 27, 2020. Business leaders discuss navigating the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 business crises and answer attendee... Read more

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Pivot Your Business to E-Commerce Webinar Recording

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View a webinar held by SCORE Santa Barbara on April 15, 2020. Strategies and tactics for getting a successful e-commerce business of the ground and turning a profit. Read more

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