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SEMINAR: “Simple Steps To Choosing The Right Financing -- June 20th, 11:30-1:00

This workshop will educate you on the many financing options available to small businesses and help you choose the one that is best for you.  

At this SCORE/OnDeck Seminar you will learn: How To Determine Your "Fundability", How To Find a Loan and the the role of technology – Shift From Traditional Lenders to Online Lenders

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Savannah SCORE named SCORE’s national Mid-Market “CHAPTER of the year”

Local SCORE Chapter named “2019 Mid-Market Chapter of the Year” in recognition of its achievements and contributions to Savannah’s entrepreneurial and small business community

Savannah, GA/Herndon, VA, April 1, 2019– SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, announced today that the Savannah Chapter has been named 2019 Mid-Market “Chapter of the Year”.  

Steve Records, SCORE Vice President of Field Operations, said, "Excellence, consistency, and dedication to service ultimately describe this year's SCORE Mid-Market Chapter Of The Year – Savannah, Georgia. The Chapter’s dedication to serving the Savannah small business community resulted in the chapter’s improvement in virtually every measurable category, including receiving the national award for “Outstanding Client Education Program”. The chapter has become an integral part of the Savannah business community and is a model chapter for SCORE chapters everywhere." 

Over the last three years, Savannah SCORE and its team of experienced business mentors helped establish 508 new local businesses and 528 new non-owner jobs. SCORE’s popular “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition, held in early September 2018, has already resulted in the launch of three new Savannah-based businesses.    

Bonnie Rachael, Founder and President of Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center and a long-time Savannah SCORE client said, “When my business began to expand and outgrew my knowledge, I called Savannah SCORE for help. My mentors gave me the tools and support I needed to succeed.”

In addition to receiving the “Mid-Market Chapter of the Year” and “Outstanding Client Education Program” awards, Savannah SCORE also was the only chapter in Georgia to achieve Platinum level scores on its annual operational review.

Barry Coates, Director of SCORE’s Georgia District, said “We are proud of the Savannah Chapter for having scored at the Platinum level in its FY2018 operational review which measures such key factors as expansion of mentoring and educational services, customer satisfaction, involvement in the community, and commitment to diversity and inclusivity.” 

This is the first time Savannah SCORE has received these prestigious awards and recognition.

Michael Siegel, Chapter Chair of Savannah SCORE, said “We are honored and proud to receive recognition for our contributions to Savannah’s small business community. Our entire Savannah SCORE Mentoring Team looks forward to continuing our work in support of Savannah’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.”

SCORE is a nationwide non-profit organization with over 300 chapters and over 10,000 volunteer entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate executives dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners start, manage and grow successful businesses.

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If you would like more information about this topic or would like to schedule a free mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE business mentor, please contact the SCORE office by phone at 912-652-4335, by  email at scoresav70@gmail.com, or by visiting the Savannah SCORE website at https://savannah.score.org.

 

“Savannah SCORE Receives National Business Education Award”


At SCORE's National Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah SCORE received the "Outstanding Client Education Program" award for 2018. This award recognizes the growth of Savannah SCORE's business education programs during FY2018 and the positive impact these programs have had on aspiring local entrepreneurs, small business owners, active members of the U.S. military, veterans, and students at both the College and High School level. Michael Siegel, Savannah SCORE's Chapter Chair said, "This award is a tribute to the teamwork, commitment and dedication of Savannah SCORE's Volunteer Mentors to support Savannah's vibrant small business community."

SCORE is the largest provider of free business mentoring and business education programs in the nation. Over the last two years, Savannah SCORE, rated in the top 10% of SCORE's 320 chapters nationwide, has helped establish 299 new businesses and create nearly 500 new non-owner jobs in the Savannah area. On September 7 at 4:00 PM, Savannah SCORE is presenting the "BizPitch Savannah™" entrepreneurial competition at the Bull Street Labs at 2222 Bull Street, Savannah, GA. Applications to win $10,000 in cash and prizes to help launch new businesses are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com.

For more information about Savannah SCORE or to schedule a free business mentoring session, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.


"On behalf of the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, Savannah Business Mentor Tom Norris, left, accepts SCORE's 2018 "Outstanding Client Education Program" award from SCORE National President Ken Yancey, right".

Savannah SCORE is proud to be a sponsor of Savannah's "2017 State of Small Business" event that took place on Friday, December 1, 2017. At this livestreaming event, eleven of Savannah's top business leaders presented their assessment of the current and future environment for small businesses in our community. View the presentations and benefit from the invaluable perspectives of the presenters.

 

State of Small Business Video on YouTube

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Savannah SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners presents the finalists for the September 7 “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition, PUBLIC INVITED –FREE ADMISSION

The Program:

 These innovative, aspiring local entrepreneurs have been chosen as finalists in Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah” ™, a kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank” entrepreneurial competition. On Friday, September 7, from 4:00-6:30 PM, at the Creative Coast, 2222 Bull St, Savannah, the finalists will pitch their business ideas to a panel of five judges. Three winners will be selected and each will receive $2500 in cash and a package of professional business services worth an estimated $7,500 to help launch their new businesses.The finalists were selected from a large group of applicants by SCORE’s Application Review Committee based on the creativity and innovativeness of the idea, the quality and thoroughness of the proposal, and the financial viability of the proposed business. The finalists and their proposed businesses are, in alphabetical order:

The Finalists:

Mark Bruemmer – “XSCapacity.net” – Bringing businesses with underutilized resources together with potential buyers or renters via the Internet

Carrie Christian and Kristie Duncan – “Scribble Subscription Box” – Creative art play for children through innovative craft-projects-in-a-box offered by monthly subscription

Jennifer Farago – “Studio 53” – Community Sewing Center offering people at all levels of sewing skill and experience access to space, equipment, supplies, training and camaraderie

Jason King – “Heel!” – Veterinary Network App designed to foster cooperation and information sharing between veterinarians and pet owners to promote quality pet care and medication compliance.

Latora Bostic – "Geechee Grub” – A restaurant celebrating the unique cuisine, culture, and heritage of the Geechee people of the Low Country.

Michelle-Anne Mallebranche – “Brez-Soleil” Beach Sunshades – Customizable, artistic, easily portable beach sunshades supported by sturdy bamboo posts.

Leandro Perversi – “Mate’ Pods” – K-Cup®-style Yerba Mate Capsules for use in standard coffee machines or specially designed infusion units

Ian Reddick – “Mercury Modular Guitars” – Beautiful professional grade electric guitars that quickly disassemble to fit in carry-on luggage and/or easily convert to different models

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Savannah Morning News / GateHouse Media 
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
The Creative Coast
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For more info please contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.