Washington, D.C. - SCORE, – www.score.org – mentors to America’s small businesses, announces the winners of the 2013 SCORE Awards recognizing excellence in American small business owners and non-profits whose success has been impacted by SCORE’s services. In 2012, SCORE mentors assisted entrepreneurs in starting 37,054 new businesses, creating 82,207 new jobs in the American economy and serving a total of 352,081 clients.  The 2013 SCORE Awards will honor several exceptional examples of successful, innovative SCORE clients as well as important advocates for small business at a gala taking place on August 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  

“We are honored, year in and year out, to shine a light on the small business owners, non-profits and advocates who have helped bolster entrepreneurship in America,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.   “This year’s SCORE Award winners are exceptional examples of the great outcomes SCORE mentors have been helping to create for nearly 50 years.”

The SCORE Foundation President Mark Dobosz says, “Our clients and supporters inspire others to strive to achieve success in their own ventures. SCORE is proud to celebrate these organizations that work hard to propel our economy forward.”

This year’s SCORE Award recipients are:

Outstanding Minority –Owned Small Business, Sponsored by AT&T: ViArch Integrated Solutions, Inc. – Angela Jones – Orange, CA

Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Individual Aged 50+, Sponsored by FranNet: Mitch-Stuart, Inc. – Stuart Paskow and Michelle Cohen – North Miami Beach, FL

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award, Sponsored by Deluxe Corporation: Kombuchick – Leslie Crews – Norfolk, VA

Outstanding Veteran-Owned Small Business, Sponsored by Insperity: Dog is Good, LLC – Jonathan Kurtz – Los Alamitos, CA

Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business - Sponsored by Constant Contact: Dogtown Cincinnati – Megan Prather – Cincinnati, OH

Outstanding Green Small Business - Sponsored by The Office Depot Corporation: Suntactics – Dean Sala – San Jose, CA

Outstanding Non-Profit Organization - Sponsored by The Office Depot Foundation: Bad Girl Ventures, LLC – Candace Klein - Cincinnati, OH

Outstanding Franchise Small Business - Sponsored by The UPS Store: The UPS Store – Tom Scherwitz – San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award - Sponsored by Verisign: Culinary Kids, LLC – Sheri Hansen – Mandeville, LA

Small Business with Outstanding Citizenship - Sponsored by Mass Mutual: Wonder Works – Christine Osborne – Mt. Pleasant, SC

Outstanding Corporate Supporter: AT&T

House Small Business Champion: Scott Tipton (R – CO)

Senate Small Business Champion: James E. Risch (R – ID)

Each year, SCORE recognizes outstanding volunteerism on behalf of both SCORE and the small business community through its Lou Campanelli Award. The SCORE Foundation is pleased to present the 2013 Lou Campanelli Award to Jania Bailey, President of FranNet.

What:  SCORE Awards

Date:   August 15th, 2013

Time:  6:00 PM

Place:  Intercontinental Hotel
           15201 Dallas Parkway
           Dallas, TX 75001

For more information, or to attend this event, please contact Shalini Karnani Bonjour at 800/634-0245 or media@score.org. Learn more at http://www.score.org/score_awards