The following businesses were named SCORE Greater Cincinnati Clients of the Year: Aimee Lowrance, A Brush of Hope; Jason Young, JYSproductions; Dave Johnson, Exhibit 3 Fabrications; and Gina Pinto Williams, Liberty Tax.

Williams also received a national SCORE award recently in Washington, D.C. as the 'Top Small Business Franchise of the Year." She is also slated to be named "Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan" by the state of Ohio for helping educate the Hispanic community on financial and fiscal responsibilities.

Mike Martin, outgoing SCORE chairman, said that 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have been helped by SCORE chapters since the organization was founded in 1964. Each year SCORE nationwide provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses.

In greater Cincinnati, which includes 19 counties in southern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana, last year alone, SCORE's 100 experienced counselors mentored 1,500 small business clients and created more than 305 jobs.

Fifty-six percent of SCORE clients are women; 28 percent are minorities and 12 percent are veterans. Seventy percent of Cincinnati SCORE clients last year were starting a business and 30 percent were already in business.