WASHINGTON, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SCORE, America’s Small Business Mentors and Resource Partner of the US Small Business Administration Launches RESULT for rural entrepreneurs. This one-stop shop provides rural small business owners with information, tools and personalized support to start and grow their business.
Rural small businesses have shrunk by 33% over the past 10 years and still face challenges including a declining population, funding challenges and limited broadband access, according to a recent meta-analysis by SCORE. In fact, 39% of the rural US population, or 23 million people, do not have access to “fast” broadband Internet service, compared to 4% of urban residents.
SCORE for Rural Entrepreneurs will connect with these small business owners where they are to support them in overcoming obstacles while celebrating their successes and contributions to the US economy. The hub includes:
- Free, remote, expert business mentoring focused on the needs of rural entrepreneurs
- Webinars and original online educational content specific to the rural community
- Inspiring stories of rural entrepreneurs who have achieved their business goals
“We developed this resource because rural small business owners, like other underserved communities, deserve a seat at the table,” said SCORE’s VP of Marketing Candace Stennett. “This center provides specialized resources to help rural entrepreneurs thrive. In particular, the remote mentoring program will include mentors with a good understanding of the needs of rural business owners to provide the best possible support. Reaching entrepreneurs in rural areas where these resources are not readily available is essential to their success, and we are committed to bridging that gap.”
SCORE supports rural entrepreneurship
RESULT Lexington customer Tara Ritchieowner of Waggin Tails Pet Resort LLC in Whitesburg, Kentuckysays, “SCORE changed the rules for my business, providing many tools that supported me in becoming a business owner. The digital library is my most frequent stop on the SCORE website, and the recorded webinars are easy to listen to even if I’m driving. Without these free services, I wouldn’t have gotten the insight and guidance I needed to succeed.”
Pete Bednarekowner of Wolf Hollow Brewing Company in Schenectady, New York says he has worked with SCORE on a monthly basis for nearly a decade: “[SCORE’s] advice and guidance were crucial to many of the challenges and decisions we faced in growing our microbrewery in a rural area. My business partner and I started as two friends brewing 200 barrels of beer a year as a hobby business. We now have 13 employees producing more than 1,200 barrels per year on 17 acres, and our product is distributed in an 11-county region. SCORE’s new hub will support many other rural businesses facing similar challenges.”
Click here to access RESULT for rural entrepreneurs.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to 1,500+ communities across the country, creating 25,084 new businesses and 71,475 self-employed jobs in 2021 alone. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Funded [in part] through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration.