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.
Stevenson shares "It's amazing to get two or three SCORE Mentors to help you navigate these things so you can grow your business."
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"As a SCORE Volunteer, I know that we help our clients and immediately make a positive impact within our community. I personally enjoy connecting with clients and helping them come up with solutions and resources that help to complete their goals. When we help a business, we impact clients' ability to grow, stay in business, take care of their families, and possibly hire other people in the community. I am proud to be part of this national organization of professionals."
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!
Olivia F. Scott is a seasoned marketing professional and professor, but her calling is evident through her social-entrepreneurial venture called Freedom At The Mat, based in New Orleans.
Freedom At The Mat is not a typical virtual yoga program, it’s a movement and empowerment program where Olivia can teach mindfulness with exercise in “a safe, sacred space for women - using meditation, accessible movement and affirmation.” She proudly offers 15% of all yoga mat sales to nonprofits that support the health and wellness of underserved women, and she provides classes for free or reduced cost to
Danielle Neal is a 25-year-old Baltimore-based entrepreneur who started her business, Digital with Danielle, in 2020. At first, this work was a side hustle, where she offered advice on how to use social media and its new features through Instagram Live. Her fun conversations there taught her that women face unnecessary barriers and a lack of confidence when using social media platforms for business growth. She instinctively knew she could be an empowering force in this arena and excel at addressing people’s social media pain points.Before taking the leap to start a business, Danielle was a
"There’s not enough ink in my pen to write about everything that’s great about my mentor, Mr. Mark Maguire. What makes him an exceptional mentor are the qualities he possesses naturally: his willingness to share his genius, skills, knowledge, and expertise - at a level that’s not condescending or confusing - in a concise manner that makes it easy to understand."
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"To be a great leader you first have to be a great follower. I love how my clients react when they figure out they are not alone in entrepreneurship. We are building an ecosystem so that all SCORE clients can be successful."
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.