Women Entrepreneurs

Numbering in at 13M in the U.S., women-owned businesses comprise a vital and growing segment of the economy. This segment employs 9.4M workers, ushers in innovation, and introduces new products as part of a vibrant U.S. economy. Women entrepreneurs bring a unique perspective and sometimes must break ceilings in traditionally male-dominated industries or roles.  

SCORE is here to help you fulfill your business ownership goals and achieve greater success.  Along with resources and tools created especially for women entrepreneurs, SCORE offers free and confidential business advice. SCORE mentors, many of them successful women small business owners, are ready to help you achieve your business goals.

“It was SO nice to talk with the different SCORE mentors who had strong skills in the areas I needed help with. I learned there are people out there who want you to succeed.”

– Kelly Twichel, Access Trax


Only 2.3% of venture capital funding went to startups solely owned by women.

Only 2.3% of venture capital funding went to startups solely owned by women.

PitchBook, The US VC Female Founders Dashboard

Infographic representing the amount of women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies

Only 26 women are found as CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.

Apps That Deliver, Women in Business Statistics

12.3% of small business owners in the US are women

12.3% of small business owners in the US are women.

Apps That Deliver, Women in Business Statistics


From Experienced Mentors

SCORE business mentors can help you start, grow, or transition your business. Enter your zip code above to get matched with a business expert near you!

"I believe that small businesses are a vital part of a community's economic vitality. I am passionate about helping to improve social justice and want to see everyone's talents have an opportunity to blossom and shine."

Chris-Anna Lazar,

SCORE Volunteer Mentor

Headshot of SCORE Mentor Chris-Anna Lazar

Women Entrepreneurs Who Turned to SCORE as a Partner in Their Success

With SCORE by your side, you don't have to go it alone. SCORE has helped countless Women entrepreneurs find success in their small businesses. See how SCORE has helped some of the small business owners start and grow their small businesses. Yours could be the next success story!

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Grants Ink

No one in her personal life was able to provide the help she needed so Lorinda turned to SCORE for the guidance she was looking for.



Shirley Washington starts with an idea that becomes an Amazon "hot new release".

Specs 4 Us

Specs 4 Us

Maria Dellapina has a vision that's now filling a huge market need for quality eyewear.

Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori's Original Lemonade

Lori Volk took selling lemonade locally to major stores, cafes, independent markets, and restaurants.

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller have taken their line of women's luggage, acceessories, and clothing to major markets around the globe.



Back From Extinction After 40 Years -- Stacey Kohler brought the Crawligator back to the market.

Our Favorite Things

Our Favorite Things Botique & Event Center

Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry continued in her grandmother's footsteps to run her own business.


Small Business Journey

"I didn't have anyone in my personal life that could give me this guidance and school wasn't doing it either. SCORE was the one resource that could give me the tools I needed."

Check Out Her Journey

Lorinda Gonzales

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

Check out resources created especially for Women business owners.

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Mutt's Sauce Small Business Journey

Article Language: English

While serving in the US Air Force, Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. was known for his homemade, all-purpose sauce. Decades later, his granddaughter Charlynda founded Mutt’s Sauce to... Read more


Why Women Should Start Small Businesses

Article Language: English
March 22, 2022,

Female small business owners have a variety of motivators for starting their business from inspiring other women entrepreneurs to showing others that it is possible to overcome the stigmas associated with women-owned businesses. Read on to see results from a recent survey for women entrepreneurs and women of color in business.


Overcoming Financial Challenges for Women Business Owners

Article Language: English
March 15, 2022,

Unfortunately, 2021 was not a good year for women business owners. Learn more about the challenges women entrepreneurs faced during this time.


11 Funding Options for Female Entrepreneurs

Article Language: English
October 14, 2021,

Are you a woman entrepreneur looking for funding? Try these 11 resources.


Women Business Owners: Where We Stand Now

Article Language: English
October 12, 2021,

For National Women's Small Business Month we look at how Women-Owned businesses are performing.