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50 Years of Small Business Impact
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50 Years of Small Business Impact
This Monday, SCORE kicked off our annual National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. This conference is a chance for the leadership of our 320+ chapters around the country to come together to share their experiences, best practices and new skills all for the betterment of our small business clients. Our Chapter Chairs, District Directors and Regional Vice Presidents assemble to participate in workshops, learning labs, roundtables and inspiring keynote speeches. It’s a great chance to say, “Here’s what I’ve seen in my community and here’s how it could work for small businesses in yours.” It helps us ensure that small businesses are receiving the best guidance possible and our mentors are equipped to provide it.
This year’s National Leadership Conference is extra special as it is the capstone of our 50th anniversary celebration that we’ve been having all year long. In half a century, the organization has helped more than 10 million small business owners achieve their dreams of starting or growing their enterprises. That includes businesses of all shapes and sizes, from a local barber shop to a high tech software company, and everything in between. In 2013 alone, SCORE clients started 38,630 new businesses and created 67,319 new jobs in our workforce. An additional 40,175 clients grew their revenues. Those numbers make a big impact on local communities and on the U.S. economy as a whole. And we’re proud to celebrate it!
The highlight of the week is our SCORE Awards Gala on Thursday night which recognizes outstanding small businesses and their supporters. It is an evening that is incredibly inspiring; we find that the story of each and every small business told that night is so moving because of the impact they make at every level – personal, family, community, industry, and beyond. In fact, our Award winners this year represent four categories of impacts they have made as a successful small business: economic, social, community and innovation.
One great example is the recipient of our 2014 SCORE Award for Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Encore Entrepreneur, Niall Yamane of Yamane Mixed Martial Arts in Daphne, AL. Niall had a 25-year career as a lawyer before transitioning into the world of entrepreneurship and starting a business that would make an incredible impact on his community. From kids to seniors, the lives of community members of all ages have been enhanced by his martial arts practice. SCORE made that connection even stronger by helping him thoroughly understand the demographics and needs of his community. Along with nine other outstanding small businesses that have each made an impact in their own way, Niall will be recognized for his achievements during the SCORE Awards Gala on Thursday August 14.
Join the celebration via livestream on August 14th at 7PM Eastern at: http://www.score.org/SCORE_Awards
About the Author:
Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the SCORE Association. She is responsible for all branding, marketing, PR, and communication efforts. She focuses on implementing marketing plans and strategies to facilitate the growth of SCORE’s mentoring and trainings services. She collaborates with SCORE volunteers and develops SCORE’s online marketing strategy.