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SCORE Chester and Delaware County team
About Us 2023
Meet Our Talented Team

SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties has been operating since 1985, with 100 dedicated volunteers who provide confidential mentoring at no charge and offer business workshops and webinars to benefit our local communities.


Annual Progress Report


As the pandemic crisis extended into 2021, our volunteers remained ‘laser focused’ on ‘recovery and resilience to help small businesses get back to growth. Mentoring programs were initiated with the City of Coatesville and online retailers in the Qurate Small Business Spotlight program to support underserved entrepreneurs.  Our services and annual awards celebration continued to be offered virtually, exploiting technology, to enable face-to-face connections.

Please click the 2021 Annual Progress Report to review how the SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties chapter supported our small business and nonprofit community.

SPRING 2022:  Our Volunteers are back in the community networking, educating, and recognizing client success


(Left to Right) Charles Cullum, Maria Smith, and Na Awasthi.

► Diversity Business Forum 

Saturday, Feb. 26th
Delaware County Community College
Hosted by: Senator Tim Kearney and
Rep. Gina H. Curry


Three panels shared the services and programs available to diverse entrepreneurs. Mercedes Diaz, SCORE Chairperson, led the first-panel discussion about what it takes to start a small business, emphasizing the three T’s: Temperament, Tenacity, and Time. 

Updates were shared by the Delaware County and African American Chambers and various community partners. Open bids, contracts, and job opportunities were highlighted for local black and diverse businesses by regional and national companies such as Amtrak, PHL Airport, Wawa, AT&T, and PennDOT.

Volunteer Observations:

Charlie Cullum, Mentor, was 
“…encouraged and enthusiastic about ways that [SCORE] may be able to partner with diverse organizations to help make a difference in underserved communities.”

Ila Awasthi, Mentor and Subject Matter Expert was
“… impressed with the number of people who stopped at the table to say that they have received help from a SCORE mentor in the past and how much they appreciated it. Also to see the spirit of entrepreneurship in the community.... plus most of them were women!...”


TAG Agency Guide, Steven Picanza • John Bertino • Cheldin Barlatt Rumer

► Digital Marketing Conference

Friday, March 25th
In-Person Business Training 
Co-Hosts: SCORE, West Chester University
Cottrell Entrepreneurship Center 


The Most Useful Marketing Presentation You’ll Ever Attend addressed All About Branding, Choosing Marketing Channels and Allocating Resources, and Content Strategy, Distribution, and Measurement.
Presented by the TAG team (The Agency Guide):
• Steven Picanza
• John Bertino
• Cheldin Barlatt Rumer



► SCORE Award Winner Recognized by Delaware County Chamber

Friday, April 8th
Delaware County Chamber 2022 Business Awards 
In-Person Lunch and Celebration:  
Drexelbrook Center, Springfield PA 

Congratulations to Annette Pyatt, Executive Director of Chester Community Improvement Project (CCIP)! As a role model for women in business and for minority-led organizations, she shares a lifetime of deep and broad business experience and insights for others taking the leap to lead or start a business. 


(Left to Right) Larry Douglas, Cyrise Dixon, and Annette Pyatt

"Take advantage of the local services. These professionals can put you in touch with others who can help you with what you need to do.”
“Spend the time to learn how to run a business and to do the work.” 
“Pay it forward. Today, I mentor construction colleagues to give back.”

~Annette Pyatt



Chester & Delaware County SCORE offers the following services:


Your Business success is our Success

In Chester and Delaware Counties, our Mentors are available to meet in person, via video conference, phone, or email, whichever is most convenient for you. SCORE mentoring is scheduled by appointment and always at no charge to you. Download the SCORE brochure and learn more about getting free business mentoring, business education services, and online expert resources.


601 Westtown Rd Suite #281
West Chester, PA 19382
(484) 356-8624

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Funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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