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Right now, Black entrepreneurs are facing unique barriers to business success.

At SCORE, we’re working to change that by removing those obstacles and providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. That’s why we created SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs: to meet you where you are and get you where you want to go.

Black-owned businesses were more likely to seek – but less likely to receive – outside funding.

- The Megaphone Of Main Street: The Impact of Covid-19, Impact on Black-owned Small Businesses

White-owned businesses versus Black-owned businesses approval for new loans

NEW LOANS

  • 26.5% of White-owned businesses applied, and 54.2% were approved.
  • 47.7% of Black-owned businesses applied, and 22.3% were approved.
White-owned businesses versus Black-owned businesses delays for existing loan payments

DELAYS FOR EXISTING LOAN PAYMENTS

  • 19.9% of White-owned businesses applied for delays, and 72.4% were approved.
  • 39.8% of Black-owned businesses applied for delays, and 33.6% were approved.

SCORE is Here to Help.

Black small business owners and their communities have faced extraordinary challenges over the years. Now, we have an opportunity to do better. With over 50 years of experience, SCORE is renewing our commitment to being part of the solution. We’re here to close the opportunity gap. We’re here to take action. We’re here to give you the tools to meet and overcome any business challenge so that you can succeed.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses.

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.


“I can’t adequately express how much of a lifeline SCORE has been to us.”

- Rozalynn Goodwin, GaBBY Bows


"Everything that SCORE offered was exactly what I needed to get the business started."

- Charlynda Scales, Mutt's Sauce


“No one should be afraid to do something because they don’t know the answer.”

- Derschaun Sharpley, Helping Individuals Succeed Agency

Ursula Augustine

There’s not enough ink in my pen to write about everything that’s great about my mentor, Mr. Mark Maguire. What makes him an exceptional mentor are the qualities he possesses naturally: his willingness to share his genius, skills, knowledge, and expertise - at a level that’s not condescending or confusing -  in a concise manner that makes it easy to understand."

- Ursula Augustine, Ursula's About Phace Rittenhouse Studio

Read Ursula's Story

Get Mentoring Support.

What if you could sit down with someone who has been in your shoes? As a SCORE client, it’s as easy as that. We have a diverse group of experienced, volunteer mentors available to answer your questions about starting and growing a small business.

Find Your SCORE Mentor

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Get Involved.

When you volunteer with SCORE, you change individual lives, support small businesses, and empower entire communities. We’re always looking for people to share their time, skills, and knowledge. No matter your background, we have a perfect role for you.

Become a SCORE volunteer

Learn What You Need to Know.

We recently 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.

SCORE’s Resource Library includes hundreds of free articles, templates, tools, videos, and checklists to meet any business need. You can sort by entrepreneur type, topic, and business stage to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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

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Blog

Minority-Owned Businesses and Access to Capital

Article Language: English
August 25, 2021

Certain types of businesses will be scrutinized more than others in the loan process. Unfortunately, minority owned businesses are often dropped into the "high-risk" category before any real vetting is done.

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Volunteer Q&A with Dee Lockett

Article Language: English
August 2, 2021

Dee Lockett is a volunteer Workshop Presenter with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Marketing Dept. Unlimited, where she combines the power and principles of money and marketing to make a difference for women-led businesses as a way to stabilize local economies,  communities, and families.

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Mentor Q&A with Carolyn Wright-Thomas

Article Language: English
June 8, 2021

Carolyn Wright-Thomas is currently a Certified Volunteer Mentor and Ambassador for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE. Read our Mentor Q&A with Carolyn to learn what motivates her to give back to the small business community in southeast Michigan.

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Recruiting, Retention and Rewarding During Recovery, with April Halliburton

Article Language: English
June 2, 2021

Tom, Armando and Marc are joined by April Halliburton, SCORE Mentor and Founder of ALL-4-HR & Business Solutions, to discuss issues and opportunities as employees return to the workplace.

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COVID: A Year in Review, and New Funding Opportunities for 2021

Article Language: English
March 11, 2021

Sean Gray, Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration meets up with co-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail to discuss the Payment Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Discussion also explores positive developments within the SBA business community.

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Announcing New Online Hub for Black Small Business Owners

Article Language: English
February 2, 2021

As we celebrate Black History Month, SCORE is proud to announce the launch of its new online resource: SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs.

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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

Recorded Webinar

Keys to a Successful Black Owned Business Startup

Event Language: English
February 22, 2022, 1:00pm EST

If you're an entrepreneur with a good idea, join our live webinar to learn how to plan your start-up business and succeed in your industry. Read more

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Recorded Webinar

Small Business Resilience - Tools Small Businesses Use to Remain Resilient

Event Language: English
September 14, 2021, 5:00pm EDT

We will look at the impact of COVID and delve into how the pandemic has affected U.S. small businesses and what resources are available to help businesses survive and thrive. Read more

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