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Volunteer with SCORE

Support small businesses in your community. SCORE is looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates.

Cyndi DeLong

Carlton Chen,

SCORE Volunteer Mentor

"Volunteering at SCORE was my way of paying it forward. But I was pleasantly surprised. As a SCORE Mentor and Subject Matter Expert, I've learned so much from my fellow volunteers, its business clientele, and the wealth of resources offered. Simply said, SCORE's business model really works. If you can be a SCORE volunteer or client, don't miss out. Either way, you'll learn a lot!!"

SCORE is dedicated to helping AAPI entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.

Asian-American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) own one in 10 American businesses. Highly reliant on self and community, their work ethic produces the highest average small business receipts of any ethnic group.

Despite these achievements, AAPI entrepreneurs face racial discrimination and harassment that challenges their success and interferes with hiring employees, attracting customers, and accessing financing. AAPI women business owners are particularly affected.

“I reached out to SCORE for mentoring, and it was an incredibly valuable experience.”

– Sharon Lu, Vegan Distribution

Statistics on Anti-Asian hate acts reported during the pandemic

Of the 3,800 anti-Asian hate acts reported since the pandemic, 38% occurred in businesses.

Asian-Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) June 2021 Survey.

One-third of AAPI business owners feel disadvantaged due to their race.

A third of AAPI business owners feel disadvantaged due to their race and nearly a third have been criticized for their accent or manner of speech.

Asian-Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) June 2021 Survey.

3.6 million people are employees at Asian-owned businesses.

The majority are small business: 90% of them are employed at companies with fewer than 500 employees, and 75% at companies with fewer than 100 employees.
Asian-Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) June 2021 Survey.

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"There is nothing as gratifying as seeing a client's eyes light up when they suddenly get it. It could be a solution to a vexing problem, or insight into an opportunity they hadn't seen before. Mentoring allows me to leverage everything I have learned and to make a tangible difference to our clients in their entrepreneurial journeys."

Mary Tan,

SCORE Volunteer Mentor

Mary Tan

AAPI Entrepreneurs Who Turned to SCORE as a Partner in Their Success

With SCORE by your side, you don't have to go it alone. SCORE has helped countless AAPI entrepreneurs find success in their small businesses. See how SCORE has helped some of the small business owners start and grow their small businesses. Yours could be the next success story!

Thompson Tee

Thompson Tee

“Never let them see you sweat” may be an adage to most of us, but to entrepreneurs Randy Choi and Billy Thompson, it’s motivation for going into business.

Great Wine

Great Wine

Lin, rather than tell people what they should like, encourages people to speak their minds – and then creates delicious wine based on what they say.

Vegan Distribution

Vegan Distribution

Vegan Distribution was started by a group of friends with a shared dream of “creating a compassionate and sustainable food system,” says owner Sharon Lu.

Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs

Check out resources created especially for AAPI business owners.

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Amplifying Diverse Voices: Entrepreneurship for All

Article Language: English
May 25, 2021,

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Southern Minnesota. Local volunteers in the area who recognize the power of storytelling are working to amplify the voices of minority and immigrant entrepreneurs. Through a forum called “Entrepreneurship for All.”

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AAPI Small Business Grants through Reimagine Main Street

Article Language: English
July 21, 2022

Reimagine Main Street is currently taking applications, through July 26, 2022, for AAPI grant applicants. The grant is designed to support AAPI entrepreneurs from challenges they may have faced or are still dealing with from the pandemic.

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Vegan Distribution Q&A

Article Language: English
June 30, 2022,

AAPI Entrepreneur, Vegan Founder, and Animal Lover Shares Their Advice for Business Success

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9 AAPI Business Owners Share Their Secrets To Success

Article Language: English
May 12, 2022,

From adopting solid business practices to working with a goal-oriented mindset, there are several success secrets shared by AAPI business owners.

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8 Resources To Help AAPI Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses

Article Language: English
March 30, 2022,

From joining the Asian Professional Exchange to finding a mentor, there are several resources to help AAPI small businesses.

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