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Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise: Mentoring and Networking are Keys to Success

Woman-owned businesses in the U.S. increased 21 percent over the past five years, fueling interest by female founders in small business training, networking and mentoring opportunities that support their success, according to SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. This growth is reflected in the increasing number of women seeking guidance for their business ventures. 64 percent of SCORE clients are women, up from 60 percent two years prior.

Local events for women small business owners are flourishing, providing opportunities for connection and resources.

“SCORE has 10,000 volunteer mentors and more than 200 chapters across the U.S. The organization offers women small business owners many opportunities to connect with expert advice tailored to their unique needs whether that is guidance from an experienced SCORE mentor, relevant networking opportunities or helpful resources,” explains SCORE CEO Bridget Weston.

Networking opportunities

Local events for women small business owners are flourishing, providing opportunities for connection and resources. A recent SCORE Bucks County (Pa.) conference, “Women Building Businesses,” drew more than 200 attendees and featured speakers specializing in everything from social media consulting to employment law. “Our goal for this conference was to provide practical, usable information to our women entrepreneurs and I think all of the speakers delivered what we asked for,” said Linda Zangrilli, chapter chair of SCORE Bucks County. Conference sessions are available on demand.

SCORE Westchester (N.Y.) hosted a Women’s Small Business Symposium in September, convening with more than 100 attendees to focus on the theme “Beating the Odds.” Speakers included executives and business owners, loan officers, grant experts and business tool demonstrators, designed to help women entrepreneurs navigate small business challenges. Resources from the symposium are available online

Mentorship for women-owned businesses

For many women small business owners, a mentor can provide a critical advantage. In fact, entrepreneurs who work with a mentor are five times more likely to start a business. These entrepreneurs also report higher revenues and increased business growth. SCORE client Juanny Romero, owner of Mothership Coffee Roasters in Henderson, Nev., worked with an expert business mentor and recommends that other entrepreneurs do the same. “Embrace mentorship. You’ll find that the guidance you receive can be a game-changer for your entrepreneurial journey,” said Romero.

Useful resources for women business owners

SCORE offers free and confidential business advice alongside resources and tools created especially for women entrepreneurs. SCORE mentors, many of them successful women small business owners themselves, are ready to help other entrepreneurs achieve their business goals. To learn more, visit SCORE’s Resources for Women Entrepreneurs.


Since its founding in 1964 as a resource partner for the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has helped more than 11 million current and aspiring entrepreneurs start, grow or successfully exit a business through mentoring, resources and education. Visit SCORE at

Funded [in part] through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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