We've discovered some of the best small businesses in America. SCORE celebrates these businesses through the American Small Business Championship and the SCORE Awards.

See the Champions' Unique Stories

Two great chances to be a winning business, one entry process.

Prizes

Three (3) $15,000 Grand Prizes;

National Publicity for 102 National Champions;

Trip to Championship Training & Networking Celebration and 2018 SCORE Awards;

One Full-Year of SCORE Mentoring to Grow Your Business.

Prizes

National Recognition as one of the best small businesses in America;

Trip for 2 to attend the 2018 SCORE Awards near Washington, DC;

Potential Spokesperson as SCORE Advocate;

Public Relations Package, including a custom video.

SCORE’s Championship celebrates U.S. small businesses, and is made possible thanks to generous funding from Sam’s Club and The SCORE Foundation.

Through the American Small Business Championship, three Grand Champions won $15,000. In addition, 102 small business National Champions were invited to a regional Training and Networking Event in Reno, Nevada April 23-26, 2018, where SCORE paired winners with a business mentor to support businesses throughout this journey.

Businesses that had already been a SCORE client were also eligible to win a SCORE Award and were invited to the SCORE Awards Gala on September 13, 2018, near Washington, D.C. All entrants received major national publicity.

To enter, businesses answered the question, “What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?” through a video of 30-60 seconds, or with a photo and written response of no more than 1,000 characters. Entrants needed at least 100 votes to be eligible.

The winners for the American Small Business Championship were judged based on their response to the judged question (40%); the public relations and SCORE benefit they’d received (25%); the success of their business (20%); and public voting (15%).

The National Champions were announced on March 27, 2018. The three Grand Champions were selected from the National Champions by a panel of small business experts in July 2017. In part, judges reviewed how well the business has taken advantage of SCORE training at the regional Training and Networking Event to achieve a business dream.

The SCORE Award winners were selected based on how well they demonstrated SCORE’s impact on their business (50%); the success of their business (20%); their response to the judged question (15%); and public voting (15%).

The Grand Champions and SCORE Awards winners were announced at the SCORE Gala on September 13, 2018.

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