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Nine-Year-Old CEO and Mom Receive National Recognition as Outstanding Diverse Business from The SCORE Foundation

(Washington, DC) – GaBBY Bows, the business of elementary entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin and her mom Rozalynn, has been chosen as this year’s recipient for the prestigious Outstanding Diverse Small Business award sponsored by AT&T and given by The SCORE Foundation. SCORE, mentors to America’s small business, serves over 350,000 clients annually and honors their most successful clients at The SCORE Foundation’s annual award ceremony celebrating excellence on Thursday, September 15 in Washington, D.C. GaBBY Bows will be honored for demonstrating unique vision, innovation and achievement as an Outstanding Diverse Small Business.

Gabrielle and her mom Rozalynn Goodwin

“I am really excited about this award and traveling to DC. I hope I can keep inspiring people! I’m grateful for everyone who has supported me and my business,” says Gabrielle Goodwin, GaBBY Bows President and CEO.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey said, “SCORE is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of its outstanding small business clients, as well as the individuals and organizations that support entrepreneurship nationwide. Through their courage and determination to make their dreams a reality, these small business owners are investing in their own bright futures, and profoundly impacting our nation and its economy.”

David R. Bobbitt, President of the SCORE Foundation, said, “This year’s SCORE Award winners and American Small Business Championship finalists epitomize the positive impact of the 55,000 new businesses that SCORE mentors help to create each year. These main street businesses enliven their communities, create jobs and inspire others to pursue their goals. We congratulate these honorees, and indeed all small business owners who take the leap and follow their dreams.”

Gabrielle was just five years old when she started daily insisting she and her Mom create a barrette that would stay in her hair. They started the company when Gabrielle was seven years old. In just two years of operations, GaBBY Bows have saved families time, money and frustration in 48 states and eight countries through online sales at The hair accessory is also sold select retail stores in the Southeast.

Gabrielle is the self-proclaimed President and CEO, handling inventory, serving as the lead saleswoman at trade shows, speaking to community groups and schools, writing thank you cards to customers who order online, and helping with sales taxes. She also hosts GaBBY Play Dates to teach girls in children’s shelters about entrepreneurship.

Gabrielle was chosen as a 2015 SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year (the youngest to ever receive this honor), and GaBBY Bows was one of 15 national finalists for the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration InnovateHER Business Competition and a 2016 SCORE and Sam’s Club American Small Business Champion. This summer, GaBBY made her national television, radio and magazine debuts on The Real, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and in Kiplinger Magazine, respectively.


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