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SCORE is here to help women small business owners.

Numbering in at 13M in the U.S., women-owned businesses comprise a vital and growing segment of the economy. This segment employs 9.4M workers, ushers in innovation, and introduces new products as part of a vibrant U.S. economy. Women entrepreneurs bring a unique perspective and sometimes must break ceilings in traditionally male-dominated industries or roles.  

SCORE is here to help you fulfill your business ownership goals and achieve greater success.  Along with resources and tools created especially for women entrepreneurs, SCORE offers free and confidential business advice. SCORE mentors, many of them successful women small business owners, are ready to help you achieve your business goals.

13 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. 42% of all U.S businesses are women owned.

Women are leading the way in the business world.

The 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express found that the number of women-owned businesses climbed to nearly 13 million, representing 42% of all businesses in the United States. Women-owned businesses employ 9.4 million workers and generate $1.9 trillion in annual revenue.
 

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In 2019, 61% of our clients were women. SCORE is dedicated to helping women owners succeed. SCORE has a diverse volunteer force of qualified business mentors, all skilled and ready to help women entrepreneurs.  Once you request a free business mentor, SCORE will match you to a seasoned, experienced business expert. 

We understand women-led small businesses and are here to help.

Building a small business might seem daunting, but it’s more possible than you think. See how we’ve helped other aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.

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Vera Bradley

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller have taken their line of women's luggage, accessories, and clothing to major markets around the globe.

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Kiddy Crawler LLC

Kiddy Crawler, LLC

Back From Extinction After 40 years -- Stacey Kohler brought the Crawligator back to the market.

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Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center

Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry Grandmothers' continued in her grandmother's footsteps to run her own business.

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Sway-Oh Skewer Food Server

Sway-Oh, LLC

Shirley Washington starts with an idea that becomes an Amazon “hot new release”.

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Specs4Us

Specs4Us

Maria Dellapina has a vision that’s now filling a huge market need for quality eyewear.

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Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori Volk took selling lemonade locally to major stores, cafes, independent markets, and restaurants.

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Resources for women business leaders.

SCORE has developed resources to address the unique needs of women in the small business community. Browse these resources below then connect with a mentor to get personalized advice for your business.

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Recorded Webinar

A Guide to Banker's Thinking

Event Language: English

Treasure Valley SCORE Mentor, Micheal McKinniss, explores the inner workings of how bankers think when you approach them for a loan. Understand the 5 C's of credit, Whar are banks... Read more

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Which Social Media Platform Should My Business Use?

Article Language: English
May 18, 2022,

With 3.2 billion people worldwide using social media an average of nearly two and a half hours a day, it’s a no-brainer to use social media platforms to market your brand. After all, 54% of people use it to research products. Potential customers await! Just because a platform is popular doesn’t necessarily mean it is a good fit for your brand. Every business has a limited amount of time, money and energy to plug into social media marketing efforts. So, which social media platform should you use? Let this guide you.

Recorded Webinar

Is Your Business Idea a Good Investment?

Event Language: English

Entrepreneurship is an idea that appeals to many, but figuring out how to start a business can sometimes be so overwhelming it scares people away. You may ask is your business... Read more

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Making Sense of Online Marketing: Small Business Marketing Series

Article Language: English
September 28, 2021,

Treasure Valley SCORE presents a 3-part online marketing webinar series for new and established small businesses, marketing professionals and anyone who wants to increase their knoweldge of digital marketing. This series will cover the basics of online marketing, how to use social media to grow your business and the power of email marketing and why it's the most important channel to generate sales and leads.

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BAIL - 4 People You Need to Partner with in Business

Article Language: English
October 26, 2020,

The concept of BAIL is not new but certainly is not considered by many when starting, reopening or reevaluating their business idea or opportunity.

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Mutt's Sauce Small Business Journey

Article Language: English

While serving in the US Air Force, Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. was known for his homemade, all-purpose sauce. Decades later, his granddaughter Charlynda founded Mutt’s Sauce to... Read more

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Why Women Should Start Small Businesses

Article Language: English
March 22, 2022,

Female small business owners have a variety of motivators for starting their business from inspiring other women entrepreneurs to showing others that it is possible to overcome the stigmas associated with women-owned businesses. Read on to see results from a recent survey for women entrepreneurs and women of color in business.

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Overcoming Financial Challenges for Women Business Owners

Article Language: English
March 15, 2022,

Unfortunately, 2021 was not a good year for women business owners. Learn more about the challenges women entrepreneurs faced during this time.

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11 Funding Options for Female Entrepreneurs

Article Language: English
October 14, 2021,

Are you a woman entrepreneur looking for funding? Try these 11 resources.

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Women Business Owners: Where We Stand Now

Article Language: English
October 12, 2021,

For National Women's Small Business Month we look at how Women-Owned businesses are performing.

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