WASHINGTON – Chair of the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., congratulated SCORE winners and thanked SCORE for their support in the small business community at the annual SCORE Awards Dinner.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all the 2011 SCORE winners and send my deepest gratitude to the members of this outstanding and instrumental public-private partnership,” Senator Landrieu. “Utilizing the skills and know-how of the more than 13,000 committed individuals and professionals across industries, SCORE represents the absolute best of America’s entrepreneurial spirit. Thanks to their commitment and guidance SCORE helped create over 58,000 new businesses and more than 71,000 new jobs in 2010 alone. SCORE volunteers do not just serve as small business counselors; they are leaders in their communities and are helping to focus this country’s entrepreneurial spirit into actual and concrete economic growth, and at a time when it is needed the most. ”

The SCORE Awards Dinner brought together approximately 400 SCORE volunteers, leaders, and small business owners from across the country to recognize leaders within the organization, private industry and government for their work on behalf of small businesses. Award winners and sponsors included:

Corporate Small Business Supporter of the Year
The Gallup Corporation

Outstanding Veteran-Owned Small Business
Sponsored by Insperity
Dolly Garnecky, B.A., D.C. of Charlottesville, Virgina
Spinal Health & Wellness, LLC

Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business
Sponsored by Constant Contact
Rachel Weeks, of Durham, North Carolina
School House, LLC

Outstanding Minority-Owned Small Business
Sponsored by AT&T
C. Ray Kennedy of Charlotte, North Carolina
American Product Distributors, Inc (APD)

Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Individual Aged 50+
Sponsored by Deluxe Corporation
Gary Bickford of Knoxville, Tennessee
Healthy Life Clinic, Inc.

Outstanding Socially-Progressive Small Business
Sponsored by The Office Depot Foundation
Patricia Walker of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
East Cooper Meals on Wheels

Outstanding Non-Profit Organization
Sponsored by The Office Depot Foundation
Lynn Rippy of Louisville, Kentucky
YouthBuild-Louisville

Lou Campanelli Award Oustanding Volunteerism and Support of Small Business and SCORE
Gail F. Goodman

SCORE is a non-profit association, and Resource Partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA), made up of a network of more than 13,000 volunteers in over 350 chapters nationwide. For over forty-five years, SCORE has been one of the Small Business Administration’s most successful resource partners, and the only resource partner comprised almost entirely of volunteers. The organization is dedicated to educating and assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the formation, growth and expansion of their small businesses.