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SCORE is here to help women small business owners.

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.

13 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. 42% of all U.S businesses are women owned.

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.
 

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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.

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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 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 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.

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Women Business Owners Face Financial Challenges

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Comparing businesses owned by men and women , a study found a significant revenue gap between the two Read more

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More Women Should Start Small Businesses

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Women inspiring women to start their own small businesses and are succeeding Read more

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Amplifying Diverse Voices: Entrepreneurship for All

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May 25, 2021,

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Southern Minnesota. Local volunteers in the area who recognize the power of storytelling are working to amplify the voices of minority and immigrant entrepreneurs. Through a forum called “Entrepreneurship for All” they hope to bring the Albert Lea, Faribault, Mankato and Owatonna community together through stories that promote and inspire mentorship. This effort is presented by SCORE South Central Minnesota Chapter #0710.

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Should Your Business Sell Online

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How to determine if you could benefit by selling your product or services online Read more

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Accounting For Your Business

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Fine Tune your Accounting for your business Read more

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Properly Dissolving an LLC

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Legal Strategy officer provides suggestions on how to properly dissolve your Limited Liability Company Read more

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How Much is My Business Worth?

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Evaluating the fair market value of your business for transitions, sales, and growth Read more

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