Meet the 2017 SCORE Award Winners!

Learn about the achievements of the 2017 SCORE Award winners and how SCORE supported their success.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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