2017 SCORE Awards logo The SCORE Awards is an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of America's small businesses. Equal parts ceremony, celebration and entertainment, the SCORE Awards is the preeminent distinction in honoring and supporting small business in the U.S.

At this event, we recognize the people and companies that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of America's economy and small business community. 

2017 SCORE Award Winners

To select the 2017 SCORE Awards honorees, we asked our clients to nominate their businesses, share their accomplishments and explain how SCORE helped them achieve their dreams. Below are this year's winners.

Outstanding American Manufacturer Small Business Award - Desserts Out The Jar and More

Desserts Out The Jar creates individually crafted, home style gourmet desserts, conveniently packaged in authentic, traditional style mason jars.

Owner: Yashica McKinney, St. Louis, MO
Mentor: Gregory Shapiro

Award Presented by Sam's Club
 

Outstanding Community-Impact Small Business Award - Aunt Laurie's

Aunt Laurie’s creates handwoven gift baskets assembled by disabled clients going through job-skills training.

Owner: Laurie Brown, Bluffton, SC
Mentor: Rod Casavant

Award Presented by MassMutual
 

Outstanding Diverse Small Business Award – Vegan Distribution

Vegan Distribution is a specialty food distributor of plant-based products for the foodservice industry. 

Owner: Sharon Lu, Hayward, CA
Mentor: Mitchell Grunat

Award Presented by AT&T
 

Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur Award – Hughes Barney Investigations, LLC

Hughes Barney Investigations is a premiere, woman-owned background investigation and security services firm.

Owner: Jeannette Hughes, Largo, MD
Mentors: Karen Williams

Award Presented by Liberty Tax
 

Outstanding Franchise Small Business Award - College Hunks Hauling Junk of Northern Virginia

College Hunks Hauling Junk of NoVa provides stress-free, full-service local moving services, removing unwanted items from people’s homes or businesses to dispose, recycle or donate.

Owner: Brad Westermann, Falls Church, VA
Mentors: Richard Rose and Len Brinkman

Award Presented by FranNet
 

Outstanding Green Small Business Award - Stat-Medicament-Disposal Corporation

Stat-Medicament-Disposal Corporation created a bottle that safely neutralizes pharmaceuticals, OTC medications and vitamins conveniently at home.

Owner: Larry Kenemore, Jr., Siloam Springs, AR
Mentor: Gregg Gimlin

Award Presented by FedEx
 

Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award - CapeAble Sensory Products, LLC

CapeAble’s weighted blankets, weighted wearables, and sensory enrichment tools deliver deep pressure touch stimulation which enables the central nervous system to communicate most effectively with the brain.

Owners: Marna Pacheco and Susan Hickok, Wayne, IN
Mentor: Bill Causey

Award Presented by Verisign
 

Outstanding Job-Creator Award -  Advocations

Advocations connects and supports professionals with disabilities and inclusive companies nationwide.

Owner: Lindsey Haaser, Charlotte, NC
Mentors: Chuck Sawicki and Adriana McLane

Award Presented by Intuit
 

Outstanding Veteran-Owned Small Business Award - Urban Dwell

Urban Dwell is an independent boutique-style gift shop featuring carefully hand-curated hip and trendy merchandise combined with a fun, well thought-out shopping space to provide a warm, inviting shopping experience.  

Owner: Thomas McMahon, Washington, DC
Mentor: Richard Rose

Award Presented by Kimco Realty
 

Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business Award - Sugar Beeze, LLC

Sugar Beeze was created by a mom desperately searching for a protein snack for her son, a Type 1 Diabetic, and the result was the Benji Bar®.

Owner: Julie Maddox, Greenville, SC
Mentor: Bill Heitz

Award Presented by Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.
 

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award - The One Gallon Soap Company

The One Gallon Soap Company is an environmentally-minded company producing liquid hand soap made from recycled bars of hotel soap.

Owner: Tristan Corriveau, Scarborough, ME
Mentors: Donna LeBreux and Chuck Grossman

Award Presented by Deluxe Corporation

 

Senate Small Business Champion: Senator Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

House Small Business Champion: Congressman Tom Graves, Georgia

 
 

 

 

 

 

SCORE Chapter of the Year: SCORE Boston

 

 

 

 

 

View Previous Award Winners:
 

2016 Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

2014 Award Recipients