In 2017, we present our first ever SCORE Austin Celia Bell Entrepreneur Awards to three local business owners for their exceptional dedication to starting, growing and nurturing a small business or non-profit organization.


Planned as an annual event, the awards reflect the values of SCORE to help start and grow small businesses, as well as the creativity, dedication and passion of SCORE Austin mentor Celia Bell, who has helped start and grow many small businesses across greater Austin.



Winners will be announced at the AWARDS LUNCHEON. Please join us in celebrating the success of these outstanding entrepreneurs served by SCORE Austin, and to applaud American small businesses – the backbone of the economy.

Three finalists in each category: 

Small Business, Prize: $5,000:
-Antonelli's Cheese Shop, John Antonelli, owner
-Organics by Gosh, Phil Gosh, owner
-Round Rock Children's Therapy Center, Melissa Balthazor, owner

Start-Up, Prize: $1,500
-CookLearnGrow, Lori Hinze, owner
-Sex Therapy Online, Rhiannon Beauregard, owner
-Toybrary Austin, Liza Wilson, owner

Non-profit, Prize: $1,500:
-Texas Folklife, Charlie Lockwood
-The Adventures Academy of Lifelong Learning, John Mackey
-Resale Shop benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Gatesville, Lisa Steward

All finalists will be presented with a video about their business created by SCORE Austin that will be shown at the luncheon.

The awards are made possible through a generous grant from Local University (LocalU) – a national series of SEO seminars – which together with Google, gave the SCORE Austin chapter an ongoing grant/scholarship to help grow small businesses mentored by SCORE Austin.



Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Hilton Austin Hotel
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Driving Directions
Please access parking on the east side of the hotel on Red River St. Use the "Guest Parking" access gate to park. From I35 go west on East 6th Street and turn left on Red River. From MoPac or Congress go east on Cesar Chevez and turn left onto Red River. A $10 parking pass will be available at the Luncheon.



Celia Bell
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249

SCORE Austin Celia Bell Entrepreneur Awards 2017