On Thursday, September 18th, the U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District celebrated a mid-century milestone with the SCORE organization at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.
Eleven different businesses were awarded for their involvement and their years of success and progression as businesses. 
Mike Ruffing, the new assistant district director for SCORE, said," This is a big thing, it shows that for 50 years businesses have been turning the corner. This validates the need for something like SCORE, helping people understand where to start and how to develop a self sufficient business for years to come."
SCORE has a network of over 11,000 volunteer mentors in nearly 400 districts across the country. They offer free one-on-one counseling to help you start and grow a successful small business or nonprofit organization. Thursday's celebration kicks off a dedication to help grow one million American small businesses by 2017.