SCORE Congratulates 2012 SBA Counselor of the Year Beth Shapiro

Washington, D.C. - SCORE, - www.score.org- America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice, commends Elizabeth (Beth) Shapiro, education committee chair and former chapter chair of the Houston, Texas chapter of SCORE and winner of the 2012 SBA Counselor of the Year: SCORE award.  This award honors an individual mentor in the SCORE Association for his or her excellence in providing counseling, training, mentoring and other program services to small businesses. The award will be presented during National Small Business Week on May 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Shapiro has been a member of SCORE’s mentor network since 2002.  She formerly served as chapter chair and currently serves as education committee chair within the SCORE Houston chapter.    With over 35 years of executive experience in diverse fields including operations, sales, marketing, distribution and manufacturing, she brings extensive and varied knowledge to her small business mentoring work at SCORE.  She is responsible for developing innovative, educational workshops suited to the needs of small business owners and works hard to strengthen the role of small business in the community.  In 2011, workshops at the SCORE Houston chapter were attended by 3,057 local small business owners.

Colleagues describe Shapiro as “a masterful visionary and a dedicated counselor who diligently brings her knowledge and skills to the entrepreneurial marketplace,” and as “sharp, detail-oriented, with remarkable analytical skills.” Another said, “I have seen Beth in action! If there is a question to be answered or an individual who needs attention – as it relates to growing their business – Beth is the go-to resource.”

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey spoke of Shapiro’s contribution to SCORE’s clients saying, “Beth Shapiro is a living example of the wonderful work SCORE does to enrich small business owners across the nation.  She shares her years of real world business experience in order to help others prosper and has become an authority on small business success in her community.  We are grateful and honored to have her as a member of our volunteer network.”  

About SCORE

Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 364 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.

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