SCORE NATIONAL AWARDS SCORE CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT CHAPTER OF THE YEAR FOR 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--- With over 56 years of service to the Charlotte Region, SCORE Charlotte was presented the North Carolina District Chapter of the Year 2020 Award for The Small Business Market by SCORE National based in Herndon, VA, a suburb of Washingon, D. C.
              The award was given in recognition of the Chapter’s leadership, dedication and commitment to serving small businesses in the Charlotte Region.  The Chapter’s innovation and
key contributions to National SCORE programs such as the current on-boarding program for new SCORE volunteers and the Early Adopters Program for the Engage system to manage new client relationships led to the award. The Chapter also led participation in a district-wide Zoom Implementation Program, enabling client mentoring via video as well as modified workshop presentations during the Covid crisis.
              Subsequently, despite Covid 19, the Chapter was able to handle 2,088 potential client requests, an increase of 40% over 2019.
Further, the Chapter’s Public Outreach Program played a signifcant role in the selection of Charlotte as NC District Chapter of the Year 2020, according to Juliette Weiland, Immediate Past President for 2019-2020.
              “We work hard to be an active strategic partner with over 40 SCORE  Ambassadors highly engaged in a diversity of community events,” Weiland reported. “As a result, we are continually increasing awareness of our services and opportunities to volunteer.”
              The Chapter’s goal was to grow the inclusion and diversity to meet the needs of the community. For 2020, the number of Certified SCORE Mentors increased by 30% for minority and 15% for women. Several of these individuals are now in Chapter leadership positions.
              In addition to the NC District Chapter of the Year Award, SCORE Charlotte was also the recipient of the Diamond Chapter Excellence Award 2020 in recognition of its unwavering dedication and commitment by its over 90 volunteers on behalf of the small business community.
The Diamond Award is given only to those Chapters who have attained a Platinum Award for five or more years in a row in recognition of its outstanding support of the small business community.

SCORE is a volunteer organization consisting of active, retired or semi-retired business executives and business owners. SCORE Charlotte, formed in 1965, is the 47th Chapter of SCORE National based in Washington, D.C. It is one of over 320 chapters nationwide with over 11,000 Certified SCORE Mentors.
              SCORE Charlotte is a resource partner of the SBA (Small Business Administration). Its offices are located within the SBA offices in Charlotte’s South Park area.
              SCORE Charlotte is one of 10 national SCORE chapters located in North Carolina.
 
Why Chapter of the Year in 2020
 
              The Charlotte SCORE Chapter has been a forerunner in adopting new systems, programs or processes to get the job done, according to Danny Fischer, Chapter President Co-Chair.
              “When Covid hit, we immediately developed new teams, strategies and processes given the onslaught of client requests,” he reported. “One example was quickly realizing that we needed one Intake Person to handle just our voice mails. Those ramped up from several a week to over 100 in the first month. Of these, 93% were Covid-related.”
              H.R. “Helen” Harwell is in agreement with her Co-Chair’s assessment. She feels this was one of the Chapter’s major accomplishments for 2020.
              “I am most proud of how our team stepped up and really pulled together to handle all our client requests and workshop transitions to Zoom so we could increase our outreach during this critical time.”
              Further, Weiland, Fischer and Harwell all believe strongly that the chapter presidents before them along with all the mentors throughout the years helped build the foundation that led to making 2020 a successful year and an award-winning chapter.
 
About SCORE Charlotte
 
Besides free mentoring, SCORE Charlotte members serve as SCORE Ambassadors and participate as speakers at business trade shows and events in the Charlotte Region. SCORE Charlotte also sponsors free and low-cost workshops such as Simple Steps for Starting Your Business throughout the year plus numerous problem-solving seminars on how to start a business or deal with business growth.
According to the SCORE Foundation, in 2019 SCORE Charlotte mentors helped 169 new businesses get started in the Charlotte Region. The SCORE Foundation is the philanthropic arm
of the national SCORE organization. That year, SCORE Charlotte volunteers conducted 3,936 client engagements.
The Foundation said that as a result, 765 non-owner jobs were created in 2019 within the Charlotte Region.  Of SCORE clients, 61% were women, 46% were minorities
and 10% were veterans, according to the Foundation.

SCORE Charlotte serves clients in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cleveland, Cabarrus, Stanly,
Lincoln, Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell, Rowan, Union and Anson counties in North Carolina and York, Chester and Lancaster in South Carolina.
Small businesses that want to talk with or be assigned a mentor served by SCORE
Charlotte can do so by downloading a “ Mentor Request Form” found on our web
sites www.Charlotte.SCORE.org or www.score.org
For other information on SCORE Charlotte services or to volunteer as a mentor, go to www.Charlotte.Score.org, call 704-344-6576 or e-mail charlottescore47@cltscore.org.
Beside Charlotte, other SCORE chapters in North Carolina are located in Asheville, Cape Fear, Chapel Hill, Coastal Carolina, Greensboro-Triad area, the Outer Banks, Raleigh, Sandhills, and Western Carolina.
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