SCORE Charleston launches 2017 veterans’ small business grant program

Charleston, SC: Mel Flaming, Chairman, SCORE Charleston SC, is pleased to announce the launch of SCORE’s 2017 local veterans’ small business grant program and call for applications. This year, SCORE will be distributing a total of $5,000 in grant funds to eligible veterans to help them either launch or continue their small business operations. The amount of each grant will be determined by a SCORE grant committee.

Each award will be an unrestricted cash grant. In addition, each recipient will receive free QuickBooks training valued at $800 from Pathways Consulting Inc., a full- service accounting and bookkeeping firm serving the Tri-county area. To be eligible, all prospective nominees must be either a veteran or currently considered on active duty, and have been assigned to a SCORE volunteer mentor for counsel.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2017. The application can be downloaded online at Or contact Allyn Graham at:

In announcing the availability of these grants, Flaming noted, “Because of an increase in proceeds from our yearly fund-raising golf outing, we will be able to provide these grants to four deserving veterans.”

To fund next year’s program, SCORE is already planning its next golf tournament which will be held Oct. 16, 2017 at the Charleston National Golf Course in Mount Pleasant.

The three most deserving recipients in 2015 were Kenneth C. Ryan, Captain, USN (Ret.), owner of K Ryan Creative, LLC, producer of global educational literary products; Cephus E. Simmons, Sr., former Navy hospital corpsman and owner of SealCath, LLC ; and John Looby, USMC Disabled Combat Marine and owner of Delta Veteran Sales, specializing in medical, surgical, and rescue sales. Recipients for 2016 were Frank DelValle, CrossFit Influx, LLC, specialized fitness services; and Nathaniel Small, Jr., Smalls Institute for Music and Youth Leadership, mobile music instruction for al risk students K-12.

SCORE Charleston, SC is the local chapter of a national non-profit organization of volunteer business professionals who provide free and confidential business mentoring and workshop and roundtable support to aspiring and established small business entrepreneurs. The Charleston area chapter has been helping small businesses start and succeed for more than 40 years.

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