WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors congratulates its Boston chapter on being named SCORE Chapter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of National Small Business Week 2017.
SCORE Boston was awarded this honor out of SCORE's 300 chapters nationwide for its success in reaching and recruiting a remarkable volume of local small business clients. In fiscal year 2016, SCORE Boston volunteers provided mentoring to more than 2,000 clients in 18 locations in the Greater Boston area. In the same year, the chapter also provided more than 72 free or low-cost workshops to approximately 2,500 current and aspiring entrepreneurs. Survey data estimates that with SCORE Boston's help, 690 new businesses opened last year, in turn generating 770 non-owner jobs.
"SCORE Boston epitomizes how SCORE can positively impact the small business community," said Steve Records, vice president of field operations at SCORE national. "Specifically, SCORE Boston is now effectively serving the greater Boston area in 18 locations, expanding not just where we serve clients, but how we serve clients as well."
Diversity is a core value at SCORE, and the Boston chapter has made noteworthy strides in expanding and diversifying its pool of volunteer mentors, recruiting 280% more women and minority volunteers from 2014 to 2016.
"We are very proud to be part of a vibrant volunteer organization whose only goal is the success of small businesses," said SCORE Boston Chapter Co-Chairs Laura Colcord and Mike Sandman in a joint statement. "We hope that this Chapter of the Year honor will help us spread SCORE Boston's message even further, bringing us to the attention of many more entrepreneurs and attracting more volunteers to join us."
SCORE Boston will be honored at the National Small Business Week kickoff in Washington, D.C., on April 30.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE's 10,000+ volunteer business experts provide more than 350,000 free small business mentoring sessions, workshops and educational services to clients in 300 chapters nationwide. In 2016, SCORE mentors volunteered 2.2 million hours to help create more than 130,000 jobs and 54,000 small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you, or visit www.score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates on the small business landscape.
SOURCE SCORE Association