SCORE announces the winners of the 2015 SCORE Awards recognizing excellence in American small business owners and non-profits whose success has been impacted by SCORE’s services, including mentoring.
The 2015 SCORE Awards will honor several outstanding examples of successful, innovative SCORE clients as well as important advocates for small business. Winners were chosen across 10 categories presented by companies that support SCORE and will be celebrated during a gala taking place on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.
“We are excited and honored to recognize the achievements of these small business owners, non-profits and advocates who have helped bolster entrepreneurship in America,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “Small businesses are the engine to our economy and thanks to these owners, last year SCORE helped more than 56,000 new businesses open resulting in more than 47,000 jobs created.”
To select the 2015 SCORE Awards honorees, SCORE asked small business owners and their SCORE mentors to nominate their business by taking a “Business Selfie” and sharing ways small businesses have made the world a better place and how meaningful relationships between SCORE mentors and clients have helped businesses prosper.
“We are continually impressed and moved by the stories and sacrifices made by America’s small business owners and are excited to celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit later this month,” said David R. Bobbitt, executive director of The SCORE Foundation. “This year’s SCORE Award winners are exceptional examples of the great outcomes SCORE mentors have been helping to create for more than 50 years.”
This year’s winners are:
Outstanding Diverse Small Business Award Presented by AT&T
Owner: Joshua Driver, Open for Service, LLC
Mentor: Bill Petrovic, Indianapolis SCORE
Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur Award Presented by FranNet
Owner: Sara Mullins, Galleries on the Go
Mentors: Keith Knowles and Mats Bengston, Pinellas County SCORE
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award Presented by Deluxe Corporation
Owner: Maxie Gluckman, Instructural LLC
Mentor: Karen Williams, Washington DC SCORE
Outstanding American Manufacturer Small Business Award Presented by Sam’s Club
Owner: Devin McNeill, FlowFold
Mentor: Nancy Strojny, Portland Maine SCORE
Outstanding Community-Impact Small Business Award Presented by MassMutual
Owner: Sheri Karan, Blind Spot Nutbutters
Mentors: Kellie Boyson and Dylan Bauer, Susquehanna SCORE
Outstanding Franchise Small Business Award Presented by The UPS Store
Owner: Ciara Stockeland, MODE
Mentors: Larry Tessler and Jim Philpot, East Bay SCORE (San Fran)
Outstanding Green Small Business Award Presented by The SCORE Foundation
Owner: Linda Beg, Starseed Bakery
Mentor: Stan Yablonski, Morris County SCORE
Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award Presented by Office Depot Foundation
Owner: Greg Warner, MarketSmart
Mentor: Hal Shelton, Washington, DC SCORE
Outstanding Job-Creator Award Presented by Vistaprint
Owner: Margo Walsh, MaineWorks, LLC
Mentors: Doug Collins and Alan Shaver Portland, Maine SCORE
Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business Award Presented by Constant Contact
Owner: Amelia Wilcox, Incorporate Massage
Mentors: Ron Baron and Joe Stambaugh Salt Lake City SCORE
Each year, SCORE recognizes outstanding volunteerism on behalf of both SCORE and the small business community through its Lou Campanelli Award. The SCORE Foundation is pleased to present the 2015 Lou Campanelli Award to Giovanni Coratolo, vice president, Small Business Policy Economic Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Chris Van Hollen, Jr. will also be receiving the Hill Champion award. SCORE’s top small business award, it’s presented annually to members of Congress and recognizes outstanding advocacy and action, within Congress and beyond, on behalf of small businesses and their owners.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring, workshops and education to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 320 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education.