In celebration of Black History Month, SCORE RI and the SBA are honored to present five extraordinary Black business owners who have cultivated entrepreneurial success.
We provide FREE, confidential counseling to small businesses as a volunteer organization of working and retired business owners, professionals, and executives with experience in all aspects of business management.
All Family Wellness Counseling is a team of diverse cultures and languages committed to providing the best mental health therapeutic services to all. They offer therapy services in native languages to eliminate the struggle and discomfort of having an added stranger in the room. Individual, family, couples, consultation, and supervision is provided in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Cape Verdean Criolo. Irene is pictured above with her SCORE mentor Yemi Sekoni who assisted with planning, organizing, advertising, and execution of business goals.
Providence, RI: Oceanside Medical owner Kristina E. McAteer, MD has been awarded the 2023 Joseph G.E. Knight Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
National Black History Month
National Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans. Black small business owners and their communities have faced extraordinary challenges over the years. SCORE is renewing our commitment to being part of the solution. We’re here to give you the tools to meet and overcome any business challenge so that you can succeed.
Be sure to check out the Black Entrepreneurs Hub for content and webinars created especially for Black business owners and SCORE success stories of thriving Black-owned businesses like Cohen Brand Management!
We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices, and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches.
SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All.
Since 1964, SCORE has educated and mentored more than 11 million small business owners and entrepreneurs. We're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates.
SCORE Rhode Island earns Northeast Region Chapter of the Year Again in 2021
SCORE has named Rhode Island as the Northeast Region Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row in 2021, recognizing the chapter's commitment to outstanding service in helping entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in the past year. The chapter achieved success by focusing on the needs of their small business clients, partnering with more than 30 other organizations in the community, and achieving one of the highest market penetrations and client satisfaction ratings in the country.
SCORE RI and SCORE Mentor Bill Cunningham Receive Congressional Recognition
SCORE Rhode Island was recognized this year for the 2022 Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director’s Award by US Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed and US Representatives David Cicilline and James Langevin. SCORE RI was also recognized by Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Treasurer Seth Magaziner, and Governor Dan McKee. Score Rhode Island mentor Bill Cunningham was similarly recognized for his award of the Rhode Island SBA Financial Services Champion. The recognitions took place at an SBA hosted awards event, at a Congressional breakfast, and at an appearance before the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
SCORE Rhode Island Earns Prestigious “Diamond Leadership Award”
The national office of SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business,” has honored SCORE Rhode Island with the “Diamond Leadership Award” for outstanding performance in 2020. Less than 10% of the 330+ SCORE chapters across the United States are bestowed this highest recognition for service and operations excellence. Additionally, in order to be considered a Diamond chapter, you have to have been awarded as a Platinum level 5 years in a row.