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“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 Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

Got an idea for a unique exciting new product or service? Then consider the new “BizPitch Savannah” entrepreneurial competition, a kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank.” It’s a chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges with the potential to win $2500 in cash and a package of professional start-up business services worth an estimated $7,500.

This can either be a new start up or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah-Chatham business license after March 1, 2017. You must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted through midnight, Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be announced on Aug. 10, and will make their pitches to a panel of judges at the “BizPitch Savannah” event on Friday, Sept. 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. at The Creative Coast, 2222 Bull St.

The five judges are Jesse Cole, entrepreneur and owner, The Savannah Bananas; Jen Bonnett, vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authority and executive director of The Creative Coast; Susan Speros, founder and president of Speros Business Technology Solutions; Sheree Darien, community development loan officer, Small Business Assistance Corporation; and a certified Savannah SCORE Business Mentor.

Three winners will receive the cash and services.

Competition rules and application forms are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com.

“BizPitch Savannah” is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sponsorships and donations for the event include those from:

Event Sponsors:

  • Savannah SCORE
  • MassMutual
  • Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC)
  • Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA)
  • The City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
  • Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Wells Fargo-The Private Bank
  • Yates-Astro


In-Kind Services Donors:

  • The Creative Coast
  • Carriage Trade Public Relations
  • Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media
  • UGA’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • The Savannah Bananas
  • HunterMacLean
  • Boohan Falligant
  • Enmarket
  • Speros Business Technology Services
  • Ad Specialty
  • Salesdialers.com
  • Kenkel Design
  • ArcMedia Group
  • The Detail Department
  • Red Eye Film Productions
  • ATDC
  • Podcast On The Go, LLC
  • Habersham Beverage
  • Sand Dollar Accounting Services
  • Publix



For more info please contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

To hear Savannah SCORE's Chapter Chair, Michael Siegel's interview with Mia Mance on her "Southern Spotlight" radio program, click on this link:  https://soundcloud.com/user-412468324/southern-spotlight-biz-pitch-audio.   


A New Service for Savannah’s Busy Business Community

Savannah SCORE Expands Our Free Mentoring Hours

To better serve the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs and owners of existing businesses in our community, Savannah SCORE has expanded its free business mentoring hours. In addition to SCORE’s M-F 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM schedule, identical services are also available Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00PM, Fridays at 8:00 AM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The new hours are for scheduled appointments in the SCORE office at 111 E. Liberty St, and are effective immediately. SCORE is the largest provider of free small business services in the United States. In 2017, SCORE helped establish 166 new businesses, and create 213 new non-owner jobs. To schedule a free meeting with a SCORE certified mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org/find-mentor-305 or call Savannah SCORE at (912)-652-4335.



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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