Published September 25, 2020
Today (Sept. 24) was a very special day at SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties.
Six local small businesses and nonprofits were honored at the 10th annual Small Business Achievements Awards program.
Client success and client recognition are very important to SCORE. This year, it takes on even more significance amid a pandemic crisis.
It is a time of reflection and pause to celebrate how resilient small businesses and nonprofits can be with the support and conviction to focus on what is possible when everything around us is so unstable.
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.
Since 1964 this organization has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs nationwide.
SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties have been operating since 1985, with 120 volunteers today who provide confidential mentoring at no charge and offer business seminars, workshops, and webinars to benefit the local community.
While the 10-year mark is notable in and of itself, today’s program is marked by several firsts:
- Recognition of two nonprofit organizations that lead volunteer-based programs to benefit communities who need assistance, not just in Chester and Delaware Counties but in many markets in the US
- A focus on unique business models that deliver value both in person and/or online, exploiting e-commerce, updated technologies, and collaborative HR practices to satisfy customers, clients, their employees, and volunteers
- Special presentations by previous SCORE Award Winners, sharing their updates during the recovery following the COVID-19 crisis
- A virtual presentation across a broad live audience of volunteers, clients, community partners, sponsors, and political leaders who joined during their lunch hour in front of their laptops and phones
The six Award winners and their SCORE mentors shared their stories in personal videos explaining how they worked together to successfully start up their enterprises.
Dynamic Dental Solutions
Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group
Vanity Image Studio
John Hess, SCORE chairman, directed live from his home and kicked off the program, sharing, “Today is a celebration of our clients. The central theme of our values is ‘Clients Matter.’”
Bridget Weston, the CEO, added: “SCORE experienced an unprecedented demand for our services this year due to the pandemic and our Volunteers are proud to be able to play a part in business success.”
SCORE selected this year’s award winners before March 2020 from several recommendations made by their mentors.
Success stories were summarized and reviewed by a panel of experienced volunteers for proven and significant commercial success, such as growth in clients, revenues, employees, or regional expansion.
Other factors considered were highly technical expertise, women-owned startups, and the impact of the business concept on a target community.
More details on the accomplishments of the 2020 winners can be found in the individual success stories here.
Special recognition was given by John and the team to Citadel Credit Union who has been a loyal sponsor of the annual Awards event all ten years, “a true partner…committed to assisting small business growth.”
The program also included congratulatory messages from Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline, Chester County Commissioners; Briank Zidek, Elaine Paul Schaefer, and Christine Reuther, Delaware County Council members; and U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan.
The SCORE Chairman praised the important connections across the two counties. “Nothing can be achieved without good collaborations, and it is true for SCORE. We are fortunate to have formed deep, long-lasting relationships with our public sector partners.”
Previous award winners confirmed the long-lasting benefits of working with SCORE, the skills and knowledge gained, and the confidence they built with their mentors.
All the winners over the years were praised for “the grit to keep focused through recovery and position themselves for rebound.”
Today was a good day for the entire SCORE community. Congratulations to our small businesses and nonprofits in Chester and Delaware Counties!
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