Before most Black entrepreneurs even open their doors, they face a range of obstacles, from a lack of capital to difficulty accessing government programs—not to mention encountering bias and racism along the way.
Portia shares "The first thing that I've learned from being a business owner is that there is no "i" in TEAM. I will always need help. This is the main reason why I reached out to SCORE."
"As a small business owner, who has had to figure out the recipe to my own business success and have built that business helping other companies and institutions succeed, SCORE provides an avenue for entrepreneurs and business owners to access someone like me who not only listens, but hears them and guides them without judgment toward the success that only they can define at that specific moment in life and in business."
SCORE business mentors can help you start, grow, or transition your business. Enter your zip code to get matched with a business expert near you!
With SCORE by your side, you don't have to go it alone. SCORE has helped countless Black entrepreneurs find success in their small businesses. See how SCORE has helped some of the small business owners start and grow their small businesses. Yours could be the next success story!
"I recommend SCORE to anyone who wants to start a business or is already in business. Success is always under construction. The experience and knowledge that the mentors have is not found in any books I read thus far. It feels good to know that you are not alone and you’ll get the tools, insight, inspiration, knowledge, motivation and understanding to continue on your entrepreneurial journey."
Not sure where to begin? Check out these articles and resources for Black entrepreneurs.
Financial literacy is the key that unlocks the door to economic empowerment and generational wealth.
As a black-owned business, it is crucial to equip yourself with the financial literacy and expertise needed to overcome systemic barriers, seize opportunities and build a thriving business.
Optimizing financial literacy empowers black-owned businesses, leading to increased financial stability, access to capital, wealth creation and resilience in the face of challenges.
This introductory course describes different traditional and non-traditional funding options to help you obtain capital that works for your business.
By the end of this module, you'll be able to:
- Define capital
- Describe the benefits of capital
- Describe different traditional and non-traditional funding options
- Given examples of business needs, learner will select the appropriate funding option(s)
- Describe the importance of having a banker
- Describe the importance of having a SCORE mentor
"My interest in becoming a SCORE Mentor stems from my desire to give time to aspiring entrepreneurs assisting them with different resources and mentorship along the way. I believe as a veteran business owner growth and volunteerism in the local community is an amazing way to give back."
Support small businesses in your community. SCORE is looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates.