WASHINGTON, May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE –www.score.org- mentors to America's small business, has named Chester and Delaware County, PA - www.chestercounty.score.org – its Chapter of the Year in recognition of the chapter's commitment to outstanding service in helping entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in FY2014. This chapter has achieved success by focusing on the needs of their small business clients, restructuring internal chapter governance, improving the volunteer onboarding process and forging strong, strategic partnerships with fellow organizations serving the local small business community.

"Chester and Delaware County is the model SCORE chapter for how we operate today. They are actively engaged in all facets of their community; partnering with any organization that help further SCORE's mission….Most impressively, they have 'exported' their culture, processes, and people to assist other chapters," said Steve Records, SCORE's Vice President of Field Operations.

"Our chapter is deeply honored to be recognized as the SCORE Chapter of the Year in 2015. The award is a wonderful tribute to the chapter's volunteers who spend thousands of hours each year strengthening the foundation of our community by working with aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners," said George Edwards, Chapter Chair of Chester and Delaware County SCORE. "SCORE's mentoring, workshops and seminars are a unique and invaluable resource for the small business community in our region."

Chester and Delaware County SCORE created the following successes since 2009:

206% increase in total services to small business clients
173% increase in educational workshop attendance
112% increase in volunteer membership
33% diversity in chapter volunteer membership