This Monday, SCORE kicked off our annual National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. This conference is a chance for the leadership of our 320+ chapters around the country to come together to share their experiences, best practices and new skills all for the betterment of our small business clients. Our Chapter Chairs, District Directors and Regional Vice Presidents assemble to participate in workshops, learning labs, roundtables and inspiring keynote speeches. It’s a great chance to say, “Here’s what I’ve seen in my community and here’s how it could work for small businesses in yours.” It helps us ensure that small businesses are receiving the best guidance possible and our mentors are equipped to provide it.
This year’s National Leadership Conference is extra special as it is the capstone of our 50th anniversary celebration that we’ve been having all year long. In half a century, the organization has helped more than 10 million small business owners achieve their dreams of starting or growing their enterprises. That includes businesses of all shapes and sizes, from a local barber shop to a high tech software company, and everything in between. In 2013 alone, SCORE clients started 38,630 new businesses and created 67,319 new jobs in our workforce. An additional 40,175 clients grew their revenues. Those numbers make a big impact on local communities and on the U.S. economy as a whole. And we’re proud to celebrate it!