SCORE empowers all entrepreneurs to succeed.
We believe that anyone can start a small business with the right support. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. SCORE for All is the bridge that makes the journey to success more direct and sure-footed for entrepreneurs who need more support.
Diverse backgrounds, different voices, and unique needs may call for specialized resources or a personalized approach in mentoring. SCORE is listening, recognizing, and fulfilling these diverse needs in a wholly inclusive platform called SCORE for All.
The Road is Harder for Some
The path to small business success is different for every entrepreneur. For some, access to small business funding and key resources is challenging. For others, increasing business knowledge is the key to success. Whatever the needs, SCORE offers free mentoring, education, and resources to make the path to success easier and more direct.
Black-owned businesses were more likely to seek – but less likely to receive – outside funding.
- 26.5% of White-owned businesses applied, and 54.2% were approved.
- 47.7% of Black-owned businesses applied, and 22.3% were approved.
Hispanic-owned businesses were more likely to seek – but less likely to receive – expanded lines of credit.
- 16.4% of White-owned businesses applied, and 32.7% were approved.
- 30.5% of Hispanic-owned businesses applied, and 11.7% were approved.
Both Women and Male-owned businesses ranked their business as “somewhat or very good”:
- Woman-Owned – 13-point decrease during the pandemic.
- Male Owned - 5 point decrease during the pandemic.
The key entrepreneurial challenge veterans face is not having the right community connections.
- Veterans: 33.5%
- Non-veterans: 26.6%
Resources for Black Entrepreneurs
Black entrepreneurs have a rich history as successful small business owners. Resources for black entrepreneurs range from start-up materials to finance and funding resources.
Resources for Hispanic Entrepreneurs
Hispanic small businesses are an integral part of the U.S. small business economy. Find resources in both English and Spanish to support current Hispanic business owners and further Hispanic entrepreneurs.
Resources for Women Entrepreneurs
Women entrepreneurs are a growing part of the U.S. economy. SCORE offers women entrepreneurs key resources to build on their strengths and provide new avenues to success.
Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs
Military veterans find successful second or third careers through small business ownership. SCORE resources help veterans capitalize on their military experience with complementary small business resources.
Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs
Asian-American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) own one in 10 American businesses. Highly reliant on self and community, their work ethic produces the highest average small business receipts of any ethnic group.
Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs
Rural small businesses dominate over businesses with 500 employees or more at 42% of the job share market within their population area. SCORE resources and free mentoring services can help you overcome business challenges.