SCORE Gives U.S. Entrepreneurs One Reason To Be Thankful This Season

WASHINGTON (Press Release – Nov. 23, 2011) – PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SCORE — — and its invaluable network of 13,000 volunteers helped small business clients to start 58,637 new businesses and create 71,449 new jobs within the struggling American economy last year. A 2010 report developed by the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration states that “the major part of job generation and destruction takes place in the small firm sector and small firms provide the greater share of net new jobs.” By providing free small business advice and local and online workshops, SCORE directly impact these small firms.

In 2010, despite the difficult economic conditions, SCORE helped create successful startups at the extremely low cost of $119 per business and a new job at a mere $98. The expertise of SCORE volunteers helped revive and grow 11,045 businesses thus saving 17,629 domestic jobs last year. Not only do SCORE clients create jobs and businesses which invigorate the American economy through revenues of $19.4 billion, they also generously repay the federal government in the form of 3.8 billion tax dollars – an average of $548.79 in federal taxes per $1 appropriated to SCORE. SCORE continues to be passionately committed to providing free small business advice and resources, serving over 9 million clients since 1964, helping them achieve their dreams and boost the American economy.

Dr. Dolly Garnecki, SCORE client and founder and CEO of Spinal Health & Wellness LLC, is just one example of the thousands of clients SCORE continues to help each year. She reflects on her own gratitude for the organization saying, “I am incredibly grateful for the access we gain to SCORE’s enthusiastic and insightful mentors. Having a dedicated personal mentor with the business wisdom and experience I lacked was like having an air traffic controller guide me through the storm of fear and doubt experienced by so many first time entrepreneurs. I truly believe that small businesses are the means to economic recovery for our country and SCORE is the way to make that happen.”

Dolly began her career in the U.S. Air Force but turned to entrepreneurship when a serious neck injury changed the course of her life. Her own recovery process inspired her to become a chiropractic physician and found Spinal Health & Wellness, in Charlottesville, Virginia where she now provides patients with spinal adjustments, rehabilitation therapies and counseling on nutrition and workplace ergonomics. Dolly was the recipient of the 2011 SCORE Outstanding Veteran-Owned Small Business Award and was recently chosen by a panel of local businesswomen as EntreMom of the Year.

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Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 360 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at Connect with SCORE at and

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