Richmond SCORE Chapter in Partnership with VA Biotechnology
Research Park Names Judges for Recently Announced

SCOREcard Business Model Competition

Judging Panel Comprised of Local Corporate, Entrepreneurial and Academic Leaders

RICHMOND, VA Dec. 17, 2015 – Richmond’s SCORE Chapter today announced that it had completed the selection of judges for its recently announced business model competition, The SCOREcard Competition.  The Competition seeks to identify and reward Richmond area start-ups and emerging organizations for their development of business models with high potential for growth and success.  

Business models deemed to have the most potential for sustained success will receive up to $5,000 in prize money.  All entrants will have the option of being coached by a SCORE business success mentor during the competition entry process, and have the opportunity for continued mentoring at the completion of the competition.

“We’re delighted to report that our competition will be adjudicated by such a distinguished panel of corporate, academic and entrepreneurial development leaders,” said Arthur Mattox, a SCORE mentor and a spokesperson for the competition.  “Having judges with such a broad array of expertise will ensure that competition applicants not only receive expert insights into their business solutions, but potentially forge longer term partnerships with these business leaders as a result of interacting with them during the competition.”

The judges are:

  • Jay Markiewicz, a professor of entrepreneurship at VCU School of Business
  • Dale Lachniet, vice president of operations and production support at BH Media Group, which owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Paul Nolde, a director at venture capital group New Richmond Ventures
  • Todd Nuckols, co-director and founder at business accelerator Lighthouse Labs
  • Beth Bettley, vice president of small business banking at EVB
  • Shawn Stewart, dean at Stratford University's Henrico County campus
  • John Comstock, area sales manager for UPS
  • Carrie Roth, president and chief executive officer of Virginia Biotechnology Research Park
  • Dale Moore, founder and chairman of Altavista-based Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical Construction 
  • Keith Miller, former president of Virginia State University

SCORE is a business partner of the Small Business Administration and serves as a primary catalyst for job creation throughout the United States.  In 2014 alone, Richmond SCORE members, all of whom are experienced senior executives, mentored 528 clients, resulting in the starting or expansion of 400 Richmond businesses, creating over 200 new jobs in the region.

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