It will take a small army of business mentors and experts to help America’s small businesses build back from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic – and SCORE is issuing a broad call for additional volunteers to help Hispanic entrepreneurs.

“We are seeing an unprecedented need for mentoring and expertise as Hispanic small business owners and entrepreneurs reach out for advice and support to grow their businesses,” said SCORE CEO Bridget Weston. “That’s why we are issuing a national call for volunteers to support our diverse client base. SCORE mentors donated the equivalent of $26.8 million supporting Hispanic-owned entrepreneurs and businesses last year.”

Hispanic entrepreneurs are the fastest-growing segment of business owners in the U.S. and Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15, 2021 is a great time to support Hispanic small businesses. While the number of Hispanic-owned small businesses has been increasing since 2013, data shows that minority-owned small businesses, specifically, Hispanic- and Black-owned small businesses, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.