When COVID-19 closed down businesses, schools and child care centers, and people struggled to keep themselves afloat financially, SCORE Cape Cod was there to help the small-business community.

The organization's annual reports showed a huge increase, nearly 160%, in new businesses started in the region in 2020. The increase in jobs created was even greater, jumping from 152 in 2019 to 1,083 in 2020, a 613% increase. 

SCORE is a national nonprofit that has helped small-business owners and entrepreneurs get started with their businesses and learn ways to stay financially healthy since 1964. Volunteer business mentors have helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs and business owners.  

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