WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SCORE, – www.score.org  – announces the 2013 SCORE Awards taking place on August 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The fifth annual awards gala recognizes exceptional American small business owners and non-profit organizations whose success has helped to impact our nation, and who have achieved this success in part through SCORE’s services. SCORE offers free small business advice through its nationwide network of 12,000+ volunteer mentors and through its comprehensive database of free webinars, templates, and tools at www.SCORE.org . Clients who have utilized these services and have been able to create new jobs, grow revenue, and realize their goals as small business owners will be among the award recipients. The SCORE Awards gala will be held as the closing event for the 2013 SCORE Leadership Conference; the annual small business mentor training seminar for SCORE volunteers.
“Our goal, since 1964, has been to celebrate and encourage small business in America,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “These awards honor those business owners and supporters who do the same.”
Mark Dobosz, President of The SCORE Foundation added, “Every year I am inspired when I hear the stories of these incredible small business owners who have achieved great things with the help of their mentors. It demonstrates once again the invaluable benefits of working with a SCORE mentor to propel small businesses to new heights.”
The complete list of this year’s award categories and sponsors is as follows:
Outstanding Minority-Owned Small Business – Sponsoredby AT&T
Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Individual Aged 50+ – Sponsored by The SCORE Foundation
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award – Sponsored by Deluxe Corporation
Outstanding Veteran-Owned Small Business – Sponsored by Insperity
Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business – Sponsored by Constant Contact
Outstanding Green Small Business – Sponsored by Office Depot Corporation
Outstanding Non-Profit Organization – Sponsored by Office Depot Foundation
Outstanding Franchise Small Business – Sponsored by The UPS Store
Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award – Sponsored by Verisign
Small Business with Outstanding Citizenship – Sponsored by Mass Mutual
Self-nomination is encouraged, there are no costs associated with nomination submissions and all nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2013. For further details about the SCORE Awards, past winners, award sponsors or to submit a nomination, visit www.score.org/score_awards 
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 12,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 340 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org . Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans  and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors .
About The SCORE Foundation
The mission of The SCORE Foundation is to support and leverage the work of SCORE by soliciting, investing and managing resources for the benefit of SCORE. Learn more about The SCORE Foundation at www.scorefoundation.org .
Shalini Karnani Bonjour
SOURCE SCORE Association