Grand Strand Chapter 381 Takes Third Place in National SCORE Chapter of the Year Competition

April 16, 2008, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" honored the Grand Strand SCORE Chapter 381 with a Third Place honor during the organization's National SCORE Chapter of the Year awards ceremony held in Washington, DC on April 22, 2008. Grand Strand SCORE earned this award for exceptional growth in the services provided to local entrepreneurs, and the success of its workshop programs and public outreach.

Chapter Chairman Sam Bookhart and Grand Strand Chapter 381 were honored by SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) during Small Business Week 2008 in Washington, D.C. Grand Strand SCORE was also named South Carolina's SCORE Chapter of the Year For 2007.

Grand Strand SCORE provided 1,010 services through counseling and workshops last year-an increase of 19 percent from the year before. The chapter works with local libraries, universities, colleges, and local Chambers of Commerce to provide free business workshops. "As District Director, I have seen this chapter grow in number of counselors, in diversity of members, in program offerings and case loads, all while exceeding every goal," said SCORE South Carolina District Director Norman Paige. "This chapter pioneered a philosophy which says it all: Success=Competence+Passion. Their commitment proves they're in for the long term, not just a quick win."