Thank you to the 98 Entrepreneurs who participated in Pitch event held on April 6 and 7th. And the winners are.....

SCORE For All | Black Entrepreneurs

During the April 6 & 7, 2021 pitch event, a panel of judges from the MagicMakers® Group, a global business consultancy of former Disney executives and leaders who bridge the gap between brand promise and operational excellence welcomed 98 Black Entrepreneurs who delivered pitches across four categories - Start-up Product, Start-up Service, Established Product and Established Service. The winners in each category are:

  •  Start-up Product – SWOOP™ - The Original Transition Hanger – an innovative way to hang long clothing more compactly in a closet or luggage (Entrepreneur: Libra Riley of Rockville, MD)
  • Start-up Service – CNA Simulations VR – interactive, virtual CNA (certified nursing assistant) training using 3D simulation technology (Entrepreneur: Charlene Brown, MD, MPH of Washington, DC)
  • Established Product – The Restroom Kit  – a compatible portable all-in-one kit to prevent spread of disease, bacteria and viruses when using public restrooms (Entrepreneurs: Bill and Sonia Massey of Clinton, MD)
  • Established Service – The Compass – a critical service to help companies and organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from any potential disruption to normal operations (Entrepreneur: Mark Dozier of Landover, MD)

Due to the generosity of sponsors, each of the four will receive an $8,000 cash prize. Plus, Start-up Product winner Libra Riley was awarded a one-hour consultation with an expert from MagicMakers® Group, valued at more than another $1,000. Another seven entrepreneurs were also selected to receive one-hour MagicMakers® Group expert consultations. They are: Bon AppeSweet (Entrepreneur Thereasa Black); Deanna’s Delights (Entrepreneur: Deanna Ongwela); Creating Music Joy (Entrepreneur: Grace Joy Reid); Pretty Peculiar Modeling Agency (Entrepreneur:  Toni Junious-Quick); PegaPod (Entrepreneur: Randall Bostick); Deddle’s Mini Donuts (Entrepreneur: Robin: Holmes); and RYG Light (Entrepreneur: Lowell Cade).

Read the full press release.

Presenting Partners:

SCORE Washington DC, SCORE Greater Baltimore, SCORE Southern Maryland, SCORE Mid-Maryland, SCORE Mid Shore, SCORE Upper Shore

About Dara Trujillo and MagicMakers® Group

Dara TrujilloDara Trujillo has more than 30 years of retail, traditional brick and mortar, theme park (Walt Disney) and TV shopping experience (HSN). While at Disney, she created amazing products and experiences still enjoyed by Disney guests around the world. In 2014, Dara joined HSN as VP of Merchandise Business Development and helped entrepreneurs realize their TV retail dreams. In 2020, Dara joined MagicMakers® Group.

MagicMakers GroupThe MagicMakers® Group is a collective of 24 former Disney executives and experts, with 400+ years of practical Disney expertise to assess, review and elevate your business.

 

The Main Event: The Pitch Competition - April 6 & 7

Eligibility Requirements

  • Businesses must be 51% Black-owned
  • Start-up businesses - whether product or service businesses - are defined as from concept to 2 years in business.
  • Established businesses - whether product or service businesses - are defined as more than 2 years in business, under 50 employees and under $2.5M annual revenue
  • This pitch is for-profit businesses only. No nonprofit pitches.

Prerequisites

  • Registration and attendance at the FREE webinar "How to Pitch Your Product or Service" on February 25th. This webinar will give you the information needed to successfully participate in the Black Entrepreneurs pitch event scheduled for April 6 & 7th.
  • Registration for the April 6 & 7th Pitch Events; submission form will be available on February 26th.
  • You will be assigned a free SCORE Mentor to review and approve your submission and help you prepare your pitch.

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Apex Home Loans


For over 20 years,Apex Home Loans has been guiding families to the best home financing decisions for them. In that time, we've earned a reputation for our expertise, efficiency, and loan selection.

Website: apexhomeloans.com

Bernstein Management Corporation


Bernstein Management Corporation is a regional leader in real estate management, investment and development. We own and manage an investment portfolio of 80+ properties including 3.5 million square feet of commercial space, and over 4,900 apartments in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Website: bmcproperties.com

EagleBank


For 20+ years, EagleBank has been building lasting relationships with small business owners that, along with EagleBank have a solid stake in our community—a key to the success of the Bank’s small business lending initiatives. An active lender in the small business market, EagleBank is a participant of the SBA Preferred Lending Program. 

Website: eaglebankcorp.com

Ernst Young: Building A Better World

At EY, our purpose is building a better working world. The insights and quality services we provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

Website: ey.com

M&T Bank
At M&T Bank, you will work with a team that is focused on the particular needs of you and your company. We want our communities to understand they can rely on us to get involved and help them grow even stronger. During efforts with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), M&T helped more than 35,000 small businesses acquire more than $7 billion in critical funding and is committed to supporting your business goals now and in the future.
 
Website: mtb.com
 
Schreiber Translations, Inc.
 
Schreiber Translations, Inc. is a leader in the language industry. We offer technical translation, interpretation (both on-site and telephonic), multilingual desktop publishing (DTP), and website & software localization in more than 120 languages.
 


SnyderCohn


Snyder Cohn, PC, is a mid-sized CPA and business advisory firm founded in 1927. We specialize in serving business owners and executives of businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metro area and have a national and global reach through our affiliation with BKR International, a worldwide network of top accounting firms.

Website: snydercohn.com

 


 

 

Interested in becoming a sponsor, email walter.abbott@scorevolunteer.org.

Thank you also to our supporters:

Hostetter Strent LLC 
SCORE Mentor Kristin Sharpe
SCORE Mid-Shore

Partners

Biz Launch


BizLaunch is Arlington’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network, and your one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need to know about starting or growing a business in Arlington.

Website: aedc.com/bizlaunch

Empowered Women International

Empowered Women International (EWI), a program of the Latino Economic Development Center, provides entrepreneurship training, mentoring, market access and support services to help talented and high-potential women monetize their creative or cultural assets, artistic abilities, knowledge and skills, and become change-makers in their families, communities and the world for immigrant, refugee, low-income, and at-risk women in the Greater Washington DC Metro Area.
 

Website: ledcmetro.org/ewi

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority


The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority helps businesses start, expand or relocate in Fairfax County. Led by a board of county business leaders and funded by the Fairfax County government to promote the county as one of the world’s best business locations and build the county’s commercial tax base.

Website: fairfaxcountyeda.org

Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University


The Mason Enterprise Center - Fairfax is a community-focused business accelerator supported by George Mason University. We help businesses and startups grow and succeed. As an all-inclusive business accelerator, our mission is to support business owners and entrepreneurs through mentoring, business training, and networking opportunities.

Website: mec-fairfax.org

MEC-Leesburg

The Loudoun SBDC, hosted by the George Mason University Enterprise Center, offers no-cost, one-on-one business coaching from trusted professionals and free/low-cost workshops and events to any Loudoun citizen or business looking to start or grow.

 

Website: loudounsbdc.com

Maryland Department of Labor
 

The Maryland Department of Labor provides job development and employment training to help our citizens get the skills and expertise they need to move with our economy into Maryland's future. They're dedicated to providing your business and consumer customers with high quality, efficient and friendly services. They're open for business, to serve you.

Website: labor.maryland.gov

Maryland Women's Business Center

Once known as the Rockville Women’s Business Center, it was born from a special initiative of the Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), a nonprofit organization to help businesses grow and expand in the city of Rockville. Thanks to continuing support from our partners, Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) has expanded to reach more women business owners across three locations. Annually, we help more than 1,500 women (and men) gain the skills, connections.

Website: marylandwbc.org


Montgomery County Public Libraries

 

Montgomery County Public Libraries offers free and equal access to services and resources that connect the people of Montgomery County to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives.

Website: montgomerycountymd.gov/library

Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce


The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing leadership and advocacy to promote prosperity within the African American community of Northern Virginia.

Website: northernvirginiabcc.org

Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NOVA Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce is a privately funded organization fostering B2B and B2G opportunities, international trade with Latin America, and career opportunities for members and partners alike. We strive for a better business climate in Virginia fostering economic growth in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region, on which you can build and grow your business.​

Website: novahispanicchamber.com


Prince George's County Economic Development Corp


Looking to start, relocate or expand your business? Look no further than Prince George’s County, Maryland. We’re here to help you every step of the way. We can connect you with our partners and valuable resources to help your business grow in Prince George’s County. 

Website: pgcedc.com

 

Small Business Administration
As one of 68 local offices around the nation, the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) serves the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland (Prince George's County and Montgomery County) and Northern Virginia.

Website: sba.gov/dc


Vienna VA

The Town of Vienna Economic Development Division works to help cultivate and promote the Town of Vienna’s long-term economic competitiveness and vibrancy for businesses. The economic development division works to diversify the business community through attraction and retention strategies; and strengthens the business community through a variety of business services, programs, and community development initiatives.

Website: exploreviennava.gov

Virginia SBDCThe Loudoun Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a community resource that provides coaching, training, and information on all aspects of small business management. From start-up through growth stage, it is their purpose to provide current and innovative resources and support small businesses to achieve their greatest success.

Website: loudounsbdc.com

Washington DC Women's Business Center

The DC Women's Business Center is a business development organization providing training and consulting services to women entrepreneurs in the DC Metro Region. The Center envisions a thriving ecosystem of women entrepreneurs who have access to the tools, capital, knowledge, and networks to create a supportive environment in which to grow their businesses.

Website: dcwbc.org


The Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia at Community Business Partnership


The Women’s Business Center (WBC) of Northern Virginia is part of a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States which are designed to empower women to achieve small business success and share that success with others. The WBC of Northern Virginia at Community Business Partnership offers free and low-cost workshops, training programs, and free one-on-one technical assistance counseling to women, minorities and socially disadvantaged clients.