Two Louisvillians have won a gold medal in what’s sort of the small business Olympics.
Terry Paradise and Marci Connelley, owners of the Middletown, Ky. Massage Envy will be recognized as outstanding small business franchisees at the 4th annual SCORE Awards for entrepreneurial excellence.
The SCORE Awards gala will be held August 16 in New Orleans, LA.
SCORE, for those IL readers who’ve never started a business, is the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, a federal service organization that pairs those with years of experience with those just starting out on their own.
The Louisville franchise of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Massage Envy is one of eight companies recognized nationally.
The 10-year-old parent company pioneered the concept of affordable massage and spa services and now has more than 700 outlets across the United States.
The SCORE awards will be presented at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, according to a SCORE news release.
“Each year the winners of the SCORE Awards exceed my expectations. The recipients stand out by epitomizing core American values such as work ethic, ingenuity, and fortitude,” CORE Foundation President Mark Dobosz stated in the release.
Other 2012 SCORE Award recipients are:
Outstanding Minority-owned Small Business, Sponsored by AT&T: Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja’ – Bridgeja’ Baker – New Orleans, LA
Outstanding Green Small Business, Sponsored by The Office Depot Corporation: USA Gypsum – Terry Weaver – Reinholds, PA
Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Individual 50+, Sponsored by Deluxe Corporation: Bohrmann Knives – Bruce Bohrmann – Yarmouth, ME
Outstanding Veteran-owned Small Business, Sponsored by Insperity: Aurico Reports – Joel Goldberg – Arlington Heights, IL
Outstanding Woman-owned Small Business, Sponsored by Constant Contact: My Story, Inc. – Tasha Oldham – Marina del Rey, CA
Outstanding Non-Profit Organization, Sponsored by The Office Depot Foundation: Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce – Beth Johnston – Boca Raton, FL
Outstanding Corporate Supporter: The Walmart Foundation and Sam’s Club
House Small Business Champion: Richard Hanna (R – NY)
About SCORE: Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 364 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Connect with SCORE at facebook.com/SCOREFans, twitter.com/SCOREMentors.