Join the weekly roundtable

SCORE Fox Valley remains dedicated to our mission of fostering vibrant Minority-owned small business communities through mentoring and education.

Starting January 4th, 2021 SCORE Fox Valley will be presenting a year-long series of roundtable discussions hosted by successful minority entrepreneurs who are Fox Valley Chapter members.

Claim your seat for the next roundtable on February 1, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

At SCORE, we believe that anyone can start and thrive as a small business, given the right support.

At the same time, we know that the road is harder for some than others. Everyone faces different challenges and has different needs. To move forward, we need to step back, commit to change, and give space to diverse voices and ideas.

Minority Female Entrepreneurs Weekly Roundtable

This year-long virtual series is sub-divided into fifty ZOOM sessions, each one hour long, held noon on Mondays starting January 4th and ending December 20, 2021. Topics in the first sessions include Get the Gig, By the Biz Book, and Ready for Retail.

The compassionate, thought-provoking communications format is hosted within a safe space. It extends insights to identify and address common business issues. It further helps in clearly articulating an entrepreneurial expectation.

Sample solutions are explored to tackle and mitigate common business problems. Virtual sessions build on one another, delivering valuable content and experiences for participants.

The goal is to help participants discover the “unique value” of their product or service through topics such as shepherding an idea to launch, creating measurable processes, and testing a concept to prove business validity.



February 1, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Online Zoom Webinar

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Turning down the volume on negative self-talk is helpful in successfully starting up and scaling. This session shares tips to stop undermining yourself and offers tactics to: 

  • Identify the sneaky tricks your inner saboteur uses. 
  • Break through obstacles and reclaim your life.  
  • Call in reinforcements to drown out the saboteurs’ voice.
  • Positively redirect doubt, fear, and anxiety. 

DEIRDRE MCGEE is a certified Career Management, Life, and Leadership coach and owner of Twelve Stones Coaching, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Master of Science degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. Deirdre focuses on integrating coaching techniques and tools to help women boldly pursue their dreams.  


February 8, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Online Zoom Webinar

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Current social upheaval has left a landscape rife with problems for creative, enterprising individuals to solve. Because the heart of entrepreneurship is problem-solving, this session explores how to identify opportunities in the midst of problems and prepare a pitch that provides solutions.

Discussion additionally encompasses the vetting process of third-party agencies that aid in the facilitation of 1-on-1 pitch meetings to the “Fortune 100 and 500” as well as the intricacies involved in direct corporate cold calling.

DONDRETTA STRONG holds a BA from Columbia College and a Master’s in Education Administration Organization Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Her leadership experience includes 20 years of Human Resource Recruitment/Marketing Management and Contract Recruitment, Retail Banking, and 8 years of education training and classroom teaching. In 2000, Dondretta co-founded NEBC Employment Resource Services to inspire, nurture, motivate, and prepare individuals and families for the challenges of today’s workforce. She is the self-published author of “I’ve Got Something To Say."  


February 15, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Online Zoom Webinar

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Real-life insights about the grit, gumption, and hard skills required to supply the grocery giant Whole Foods Market. Before booking a pitch meeting with the Store Manager there are several steps that must be taken to be able to snag a spot on shelves. Lisa Marsh, Founder, and CEO of Ms. P’s Gluten FREE outline suggestions to crack into the market. Marsh shares “tried and true” best practices to ensure your product fits the chains demanding quality standards - which are vastly different from other grocers because their customer is driven by health and taste more than by price.

LISA LORRAINE MARSH has been gluten-free since 2009. Her business MsPsGFree Inc. was born out of a desire to break the cycle of early familial deaths from bad health habits.  Lisa’s business was formulated from the experience of working Farmers Markets combined with classes through the Sunshine Gospel Ministries now Sunshine Enterprises. MsPsGFree products are sold in 21 Whole Foods Markets. On Amazon and on her eCommerce site at: