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Recognizing Outstanding Small Businesses and Their SCORE Mentors

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National Award Recognition and Public Relations Package for 11 Outstanding Businesses

National Award Recognition and Public Relations Package for 11 Outstanding Businesses

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Note: If you would like to apply for a 2016 SCORE Award, please enter and find information at www.championship.score.org.

To select the 2015 SCORE Awards Honorees, we’re inviting small businesses and their SCORE mentors to nominate businesses by taking a “Business Selfie” and answering a few key questions. You can do everything on this website. Either the business or a SCORE mentor may submit the nomination. Nominations are open to U.S. small businesses that are being assisted by SCORE currently or in the recent past. Once you've submitted your entry, you'll want to spread the word of your entry and will need at least 100 votes to be considered for judging round.

Each entry may be nominated for one or more of the following award categories:

  • Outstanding American Manufacturer
  • Outstanding American-Warrior-Owned Business
  • Outstanding Community-Impact Business
  • Outstanding Diverse Business
  • Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur
  • Outstanding Franchise Business
  • Outstanding Green Business
  • Outstanding Innovative Business
  • Outstanding Job-Creator Business
  • Outstanding Woman-Owned Business
  • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

We are looking for compelling stories­ of small business in America. We’d like stories that show the ways small businesses have made the world a better place and how meaningful relationships between SCORE mentors and clients have helped businesses prosper. We’d like stories that have a strong emotional element, and stories of real people who have been successful in their business.

From the Selfie, written responses, and public voting, we'll select eleven outstanding small businesses to be honored at the 2015 SCORE Awards Gala on September 17, 2015. In addition to attending the Gala in Washington, D.C., you'll be featured in a video telling your story that will be shared in SCORE's promotional materials throughout the year.

Thanks for entering and being part of the SCORE community.

Contest Requirements

U.S. small businesses that are being assisted by SCORE currently or in the recent past are invited to nominate a business for the 2015 SCORE Awards. This year, the nomination process consists of submitting a "Business Selfie" (a photo) and completing the online entry form on this website. We are looking for compelling stories of small business in America. We’d like stories that show the ways small businesses have made the world a better place and that show meaningful relationships between SCORE mentors and clients. We’d like stories that have a strong emotional element, with real people who have built successful businesses. To nominate a business:

  • Take a Fun and Creative "Business Selfie." Show the world what makes your business special. You might do this by showing something interesting in the background – like your great products, happy customers, beautiful sign. Consider including both you and your SCORE Mentor. Try something eye-catching and wacky. When you have a Selfie you like, upload the photo to this website.
  • Answer the Nomination Questions on this Website. Your responses will help us understand what makes the business special and worthy of national recognition. Please remember that once your entry has been submitted, it cannot be changed. So look it over before you begin. You may delete your entire entry and resubmit a new entry, however, if the submission period is still open.
  • Spread the Word and Get Votes. After you've submitted your entry, you'll have until April 24, 2015, at 5 pm EST to get your customers, friends, family and other supporters to vote for your entry. An entry must have at least 100 votes to be eligible for the judging round. Under your entry, you'll see a "Share" button that enables you to share your entry on social media and via email.

Thanks for entering.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundMarch 20, 2015 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)April 17, 2015 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Voting roundMarch 20, 2015 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)April 24, 2015 @ 5:00 PM (EDT)
Judging roundApril 27, 2015 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)May 15, 2015 @ 5:00 PM (EDT)

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