Numbering in 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 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.
“It was SO nice to talk with the different SCORE mentors who had strong skills in the areas I needed help with. I learned there are people out there who want you to succeed.”
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"I believe that small businesses are a vital part of a community's economic vitality. I am passionate about helping to improve social justice and want to see everyone's talents have an opportunity to blossom and shine."
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Women 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 Women 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!
No one in her personal life was able to provide the help she needed so Lorinda turned to SCORE for the guidance she was looking for.
Shirley Washington starts with an idea that becomes an Amazon "hot new release".
Specs 4 Us
Maria Dellapina has a vision that's now filling a huge market need for quality eyewear.
Lori's Original Lemonade
Lori Volk took selling lemonade locally to major stores, cafes, independent markets, and restaurants.
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller have taken their line of women's luggage, acceessories, and clothing to major markets around the globe.
Back From Extinction After 40 Years -- Stacey Kohler brought the Crawligator back to the market.
Our Favorite Things Botique & Event Center
Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry continued in her grandmother's footsteps to run her own business.
Small Business Journey
"I didn't have anyone in my personal life that could give me this guidance and school wasn't doing it either. SCORE was the one resource that could give me the tools I needed."
Resources for Women Entrepreneurs
Check out resources created especially for Women business owners.
This free webinar covers how to access startup funding – grants, bank loans, micro-loans, friends and family, and crowdfunding. Read more
The CornerBazar, an immersive shopping experience, was designed by SCORE DC client Marissa Sams and Nya Laemayhu as a way to launch FOUND, an evolving collection of curated apparel, home goods and one-of-kind objects.
In celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month, we have invited business owners and SCORE mentors to share their journeys and answer your questions. Read more
Female small business owners have a variety of motivators for starting their business from inspiring other women entrepreneurs to showing others that it is possible to overcome the stigmas associated with women-owned businesses. Read on to see results from a recent survey for women entrepreneurs and women of color in business.
To help women entrepreneurs and small business owners overcome their challenges, we asked founders and CEOs this question for their best advice.
Unfortunately, 2021 was not a good year for women business owners. Learn more about the challenges women entrepreneurs faced during this time.
Advice from women business owners on starting a small business.