The SCORE Awards is an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of America's small businesses. Equal parts ceremony, celebration and entertainment, the SCORE Awards is the preeminent distinction in honoring and supporting small business in the U.S.
At this event, we recognize the people and companies that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of America's economy and small business community. Net revenues from the event help support The SCORE Foundation and its programs, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
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. Below are this year's winners.
Outstanding Diverse Small Business Award - Open for Service, LLC
Presented by AT&T
"Open for Service gives businesses of all sizes an opportunity to change the reputation of an area and offer a safe space for people of all walks of life to visit."
Owner: Joshua Driver
Mentor: Bill Petrovic, Indianapolis SCORE
Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur Award - Galleries on the Go
Presented by FranNet
Galleries on the Go is an art vendor service that connects local artists with businesses and municipalities to place gallery space in high-traffic areas.
Owner: Sara Mullins
Mentors: Keith Knowles and Mats Bengston, Pinellas County SCORE
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award - Instructural, LLC
Presented by Deluxe Corporation
Instructural, LLC is an education consulting company that offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) e-learning program to assist adult learners develop their social and business English skills.
Owner: Maxie Gluckman
Mentor: Karen Williams, Washington DC SCORE
Outstanding American Manufacturer Small Business Award - FlowFold
Presented by Sam's Club
Flowfold draws on generations of Maine craftsmanship to design and make wallets, totes, and other gear designed with the adventurer in mind.
Owner: Devin McNeill
Mentor: Nancy Strojny, Portland Maine SCORE
Outstanding Community-Impact Small Business Award - Blind Spot Nutbutters
Presented by MassMutual
Blind Spot Nutbutters are artisan nut butter spreads sold at specialty food stores and farm markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic, as well as online.
Owner: Sheri Karan
Mentors: Kellie Boyson and Dylan Bauer, Susquehanna SCORE
Outstanding Franchise Small Business Award - MODE
Presented by The UPS Store
MODE offers high-end maternity wear and discounted designer brands.
Owner: Ciara Stockeland
Mentors: Larry Tessler and Jim Philpot, East Bay SCORE (San Fran)
Outstanding Green Small Business Award - Starseed Bakery
Presented by The SCORE Foundation
Starseed Bakery, is a wholesale and retail bakery serving products that are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and free of genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
Owner: Linda Beg
Mentor: Stan Yablonski, Morris County SCORE
Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award - MarketSmart
Presented by Office Depot Foundation
MarketSmart is a marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more money more efficiently.
Owner: Greg Warner
Mentor: Hal Shelton, Washington, DC SCORE
Outstanding Job-Creator Award - MaineWorks, LLC
Presented by Vistaprint
MaineWorks specializes in industrial construction placements, and works with people facing barriers to employment like substance abuse recovery and reentry from prison.
Owner: Margo Walsh
Mentors: Doug Collins and Alan Shaver Portland, Maine SCORE
Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business Award - Incorporate Massage
Presented by Constant Contact
Incorporate Massage provides onsite corporate and event massage programs in Utah, Idaho, California, and Texas.
Owner: Amelia Wilcox
Mentors: Ron Baron and Joe Stambaugh Salt Lake City SCORE
Lou Campanelli Award: Outstanding Individual Volunteerism & Support of Small Business and SCORE
Vice President, Small Business Policy Economic Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Senate Small Business Champion - Senator Kelly Ayotte
House Small Business Champion - Chris Van Hollen, Jr.
Chapter of the Year - Chester and Delaware County