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SCORE CDC creates level-up business opportunities during Women’s History Month

For the SCORE CDC, the celebration of Women’s History Month is solid ground for featuring successful female entrepreneurs in the Mid-South.

SCORE stands for South City Opportunity Revitalization and Empowerment. The non-profit’s mission is to “promote community ownership, pride, dignity, and economic equity in 38126 and 38106 ZIP codes through community and resident empowerment programming.”

Tapping into that mission, a series of workshops were set for March.

On March 2, Sonja Jones, CEO of GIP Financials, led a session titled Completing Your Business Taxes. On Wednesday (March 8), Jennifer Purnell, owner of September Nail Salon outlined Marketing Your Business On Social Media.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • March 11 – Kristen Williams, founder, Jade Sol & Beauty Influencer, will host the Youth Entrepreneur Workshop (ages 8-17).
  • March 23 – Media Relations for Small Businesses will be the focus of Jae Henderson, president, Put It In Writing PR.
  • March 30 – Level Up Your Business, Choya Johnson, president, Visions of Empowerment.
Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson, founder and executive director of the South City Opportunity Revitalization Empowerment CDC. (Photo: Gary W. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender Archives)

Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson, the founder and executive director of SCORE CDC, grew up in South City and created the organization in response to the decline of small business and resources in the community.

“South City was once a thriving community with many small businesses that were greatly invested in the area and the people who live here. We still have some wonderful businesses, but there is room for more,” said Hutchinson.

“Small businesses often serve as anchors for the community and provide jobs, mentoring, leadership, and vital funds. By empowering small businesses with information and resources that allow them to be successful, we hope they will invest in the communities and the individuals they serve.

Aspiring and established entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of the remaining workshop opportunities.

The workshops, which are free, are sponsored in part with a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration distributed by BLDG Memphis. Other sponsors include the Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis, the Hyde Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. 

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit https://bit.ly/scorecdcevents

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