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What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

Over 1,000 small businesses entered the American Small Business Championship to get personalized business training and a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes.  

After judging and voting ended, 102 small businesses representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. were awarded an expense-paid trip to attend the national Championship Training & Networking Celebration in Reno, NV this past week. Finalists also will receive SCORE mentoring for one year and significant national publicity.

Although 102 American Small Business Championship finalists were chosen, they’re all still competing to become one of three Grand Prize winners. These winners will each receive $15,000, courtesy of Sam’s Club, for the sacrifices they have made to make their businesses successful.

Who are the ASBC winners for 2018? Meet some of them:

CEOMOM aims to provide working mothers with supporting services, events and products to help them succeed. Based in St. Louis, CEOMOM puts parenthood first by focusing on the social, professional and emotional development of its members. In the coming year, CEOMOM hopes to create more coworking spaces that are designed with mothers and children in mind.

Poston & Associates, of Bernalillo, N.M., is a communications firm that specializes in Native American companies and organizations. Owner Stephine Poston says that although Native American women are the breadwinners in 75% of their families, they only make .57 cents on the dollar compared to the dominant society. Stephine wants to change that statistic and hopes to continue growing her business to help Native women become successful entrepreneurs.   

Creative Behavior Solutions, of Largo, Fla., provides children with personalized behavior therapy treatment. With help from SCORE, they have doubled their revenue every year and positioned themselves as a pillar of the community. In the future, they hope to build another facility and build their PreK program to better serve the special needs community.

Pip & Grow manufactures a portable and eco-friendly bassinet that is designed to decrease the risk of SIDS. Since opening its doors in Portland, Ore. in 2017, Pip & Grow has grown tremendously. They hope to continue developing their marketing strategy and want to reach more parents in the coming year.

Teen Wise offers online support, life coaching and workshops for teenage girls to help them cope with the stressors of daily life. Sheri, the owner of the Seattle-based company, wants young girls to focus on increasing confidence, building healthy relationships, and succeeding on their journey to adulthood.

JAZ-E House Games, based in Knoxville, Tenn., developed the board game, “Success.” The concept of Success is to bring families closer together while teaching players about finances and real-life situations. In the future, JAZ-E House Games hopes to expand into more educational, retail and networking spaces.

For more information on these organizations or to enter next year’s American Small Business Championship, meet with a SCORE mentor today. We’re looking forward to helping you thrive!