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Resources for Black Entrepreneurs

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.

Portia White, Owner of Better with a Cup Of Coffee
We spoke with our clients to fully understand the challenges facing Black small business owners today.

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.

Portia shares "The first thing that I've learned from being a business owner is that there is no "i" in TEAM. I will always need help. This is the main reason why I reached out to SCORE."

Read about Portia's Success
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SCORE Mentor
Cynthia Rhodes

"As a small business owner, who has had to figure out the recipe to my own business success and have built that business helping other companies and institutions succeed, SCORE provides an avenue for entrepreneurs and business owners to access someone like me who not only listens, but hears them and guides them without judgment toward the success that only they can define at that specific moment in life and in business."

Get Free Business Advice From Experienced Mentors

SCORE business mentors can help you start, grow, or transition your business. Enter your zip code to get matched with a business expert near you!

Black Entrepreneurs Who Turned to SCORE as a Partner in Their Success

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!

Tonyia Smith, Owner of Silver Slice Bakery
Tonyia Smith, Owner of Silver Slice Bakery
Small Business Journey

"I recommend SCORE to anyone who wants to start a business or is already in business.  Success is always under construction. The experience and knowledge that the mentors have is not found in any books I read thus far. It feels good to know that you are not alone and you’ll get the tools, insight, inspiration, knowledge, motivation and understanding to continue on your entrepreneurial journey." 

Check Out Her Journey
Resources for Black Entrepreneurs

Not sure where to begin? Check out these articles and resources for Black entrepreneurs.

SCORE Volunteer Mentor
Willie Johnson

"My interest in becoming a SCORE Mentor stems from my desire to give time to aspiring entrepreneurs assisting them with different resources and mentorship along the way. I believe as a veteran business owner growth and volunteerism in the local community is an amazing way to give back."

Volunteer with SCORE

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.

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