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Right now, Black entrepreneurs are facing unique barriers to business success.

At SCORE, we’re working to change that by removing those obstacles and providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. That’s why we created SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs: to meet you where you are and get you where you want to go.

Black-owned businesses were more likely to seek – but less likely to receive – outside funding.

- The Megaphone Of Main Street: The Impact of Covid-19, Impact on Black-owned Small Businesses

White-owned businesses versus Black-owned businesses approval for new loans

NEW LOANS

  • 26.5% of White-owned businesses applied, and 54.2% were approved.
  • 47.7% of Black-owned businesses applied, and 22.3% were approved.
White-owned businesses versus Black-owned businesses delays for existing loan payments

DELAYS FOR EXISTING LOAN PAYMENTS

  • 19.9% of White-owned businesses applied for delays, and 72.4% were approved.
  • 39.8% of Black-owned businesses applied for delays, and 33.6% were approved.

SCORE is Here to Help.

Black small business owners and their communities have faced extraordinary challenges over the years. Now, we have an opportunity to do better. With over 50 years of experience, SCORE is renewing our commitment to being part of the solution. We’re here to close the opportunity gap. We’re here to take action. We’re here to give you the tools to meet and overcome any business challenge so that you can succeed.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses.

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.


“I can’t adequately express how much of a lifeline SCORE has been to us.”

- Rozalynn Goodwin, GaBBY Bows


"Everything that SCORE offered was exactly what I needed to get the business started."

- Charlynda Scales, Mutt's Sauce


“No one should be afraid to do something because they don’t know the answer.”

- Derschaun Sharpley, Helping Individuals Succeed Agency

Ursula Augustine

 

There’s not enough ink in my pen to write about everything that’s great about my mentor, Mr. Mark Maguire. What makes him an exceptional mentor are the qualities he possesses naturally: his willingness to share his genius, skills, knowledge, and expertise - at a level that’s not condescending or confusing -  in a concise manner that makes it easy to understand."

 

- Ursula Augustine, Ursula's About Phace Rittenhouse Studio

 

Read Ursula's Story

 

Get Mentoring Support.

What if you could sit down with someone who has been in your shoes? As a SCORE client, it’s as easy as that. We have a diverse group of experienced, volunteer mentors available to answer your questions about starting and growing a small business.

Find Your SCORE Mentor

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Get Involved.

When you volunteer with SCORE, you change individual lives, support small businesses, and empower entire communities. We’re always looking for people to share their time, skills, and knowledge. No matter your background, we have a perfect role for you.

Become a SCORE volunteer

Learn What You Need to Know.

We recently spoke with our clients to fully understand the challenges facing Black small business owners today. Before most Black entrepreneurs even open their doors, they face a range of obstacles, from a lack of capital to difficulty accessing government programs—not to mention encountering bias and racism along the way.

SCORE’s Resource Library includes hundreds of free articles, templates, tools, videos, and checklists to meet any business need. You can sort by entrepreneur type, topic, and business stage to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Get Started

Not sure where to begin? Check out these articles and resources for Black entrepreneurs.

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Recorded Webinar

Taking the Mystery Out of Financial Statements

Event Language: English
May 20, 2021, 1:00pm EDT

Back to Basics: Gain an Understanding of the Preparation, Presentation and Analysis of Financial Statements Read more

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What Is Content Marketing and Why Should I Care?

Event Language: English
May 11, 2021, 10:00am EDT

Gain an understanding of what content marketing is, how it can help your small business, and where to begin! Read more

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Access to Capital

Event Language: English
April 21, 2021, 12:00pm EDT

Understanding the process of applying for a loan and being prepared is key to getting an approval. This webinar is a great way to find out who is lending to small businesses and... Read more

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Pricing for Profit

Event Language: English
March 23, 2021, 10:00am EDT

Learn how to price your product or service for success Read more

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Targeting: Be a Big Fish in a Small Pond

Event Language: English
March 10, 2021, 10:00am EST

IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO: o Define your target market o Create a “target persona” o Go where they go o Make connections that stick Read more

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Instagram for Small Businesses

Event Language: English
February 25, 2021, 10:00am EST

Instagram has become a powerful and affordable(!) platform to tackle these issues faced by all small businesses. In the webinar, Liz breaks down the answers to these questions in... Read more

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Starting a Black Beauty Business

Article Language: English
August 11, 2022,

Now that most cities and states have lifted mask mandates and people are returning to their offices, women are buying more cosmetics. They are purchasing 70% more than they did pre-pandemic, according to the “Makeup Attitudes and Usage Report” from The NPD Group.

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10 Ways To Celebrate National Black Business Month

Article Language: English
August 4, 2022,

To help you best support Black-owned businesses, we asked Black business owners and leaders this question for their best recommendations. From promoting Black-owned businesses on social media to providing Black founders with more access to funding, several recommendations may help you offer the best support to Black-owned businesses as you celebrate National Black Business Month.

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Mutt's Sauce Small Business Journey

Article Language: English

While serving in the US Air Force, Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. was known for his homemade, all-purpose sauce. Decades later, his granddaughter Charlynda founded Mutt’s Sauce to... Read more

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