Melanie Sabelhaus Joins SCORE Board of Directors

Former SBA Official Offers a Wealth of Public Policy & Entrepreneurial Experience


Washington, D.C.Melanie Sabelhaus of Owings Mills, Md., joins the SCORE Board of Directors. SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" provides free small business mentoring, as well as low-cost workshops and seminars, to more than 300,000 aspiring and existing small business owners each year.


Appointed by President George W. Bush as U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) deputy administrator, Sabelhaus served as second in command to Former SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto in managing the agency, which has more than 80 offices nationwide. She was responsible for overseeing policy development and program supervision. Since leaving the SBA in June 2005, Sabelhaus has continued to focus on her passion for entrepreneurs’ access to capital to start and grow a business.


She serves on several national and local boards, including the National American Red Cross Board of Governors, the United Way and Harvard’s Women’s’ Leadership Board. Currently, she is the National Chair of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. Sabelhaus is a successful entrepreneur with more than 25 years of business and corporate experience. She is a partner of Superior Financial Group in Walnut Creek, Calif.


Sabelhaus is a longtime supporter of SCORE. Last year, SCORE honored her with the Lou Campanelli Award, which annually recognizes outstanding individual volunteerism, leadership, vision and philanthropy in support of small business, entrepreneurship and SCORE.


SCORE Board Chair Paul Kopelcheck says, “Melanie brings an extensive background of public policy, management and small business knowledge to help SCORE fulfill its mission.Kopelcheck adds, “Her commitment to SCORE’s success will help SCORE continue to provide high-quality mentoring and services in local communities nationwide.


Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 7.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.


For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE on the Web at