Traverse City SCORE Wins Chapter of the Year

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SBA Michigan District Office

Traverse City SCORE Chapter Delivers Award Winning Service to Small Businesses

SCORE-Traverse City has been named the 2012 District Chapter of the Year for the state of Michigan.  The annual award recognizes the top SCORE chapter for outstanding performance, quality service, and community collaboration.   SCORE-Traverse City will now compete with other SCORE district winners throughout the country for National Chapter of the Year.

SCORE has over 360 chapters across the nation with nine in Michigan, including Traverse City, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Holland, Ludington, and Petoskey.   This is the fifth time Traverse City has been selected as the District Chapter of the Year in Michigan, last receiving the award in 2006.   SCORE-Traverse City provided over 600 mentoring sessions to area entrepreneurs free of charge last year.  In addition, nearly 300 participants attended SCORE’s free small business educational workshops in 2012. 

In announcing the award, Steve Feinman, SCORE District Director for Michigan said, “The Traverse City chapter has done an outstanding job in recruiting high-caliber mentors, serving clients, and building strong and productive relationships with the local business community.   A number of best practices have originated in Traverse City and they serve as a model for other SCORE chapters.”  

SCORE-Traverse City Chairman, Marshall Persky, said, “We are both honored and humbled to be selected as the top chapter in Michigan.   We have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of SCORE volunteers in Traverse City.   They generously donate their time and work tirelessly to help local entrepreneurs build successful businesses.   In addition, we have great partners in our community who help support the work of SCORE.  I’m proud that together we are making a positive impact on small businesses and our local economy.  It’s gratifying to have those efforts recognized with this award.”   
SCORE is an all-volunteer non-profit organization and resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides educational programs and confidential small business mentoring services free of charge.  SCORE-Traverse City has over 40 local business professionals with a broad range of experience who volunteer their time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

To hear what clients are saying about the Traverse City SCORE Chapter visit:

For more information visit their website at or call 888-796-4913.  Additional information about SCORE can be found on the national website at