SCORE Award Winner: Chester Comunity Improvement Project

SCORE Award Winner

WEST CHESTER, PA — Each year SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties recognizes owners and entrepreneurs that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation, and achievement in support of their local economy and small business community.

On Thursday, June 10, at noon, SCORE presents a one-hour virtual event to honor its 2021 Small Business Achievement Award winners.

Learn how they were able to navigate COVID-19 with the support and guidance of their SCORE mentors.

Featured here is SCORE Achievement Award winner Annette Pyatt and the Chester Community Improvement Project.

Click here for information and to RSVP for the 2021 SCORE Awards Virtual Celebration.

Meet Annette Pyatt and the Chester Community Improvement Project

CCIP was founded as a community-based housing development group to assist low- and moderate-income families with purchasing their first home.

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No one could have predicted that 2020 would bring new meaning to the beloved quote, ‘There’s no place like home!’ from the Wizard of Oz.

Facing an extraordinary global health crisis, Americans were quarantined to stay safe and figure out how they could work and go to school from the safety of their own personal space. Many people decided they needed a new home.

Against all odds, the housing market has been surging over the past year with record-low mortgage rates and record-high buyer demand. As a result, a wave of relocations especially to communities outside big cities was made possible by remote work.

This urgent need was not lost on the team at Chester Community Improvement Project (CCIP), a nonprofit organization that assists low- and moderate-income families with pre- and post-purchase homeownership counseling programs in the City of Chester and throughout Delaware County.

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Founded in 1978, CCIP is a community-based housing development group focused on stabilizing communities with rehabilitated vacant properties as well as new construction.

Annette Pyatt is Executive Director and has been with the team since 1991.  Annette enjoys the diversity of the housing authority organization, construction project leadership and local partnerships.

She appreciates the chance “to see all sides of the city!” She is a native of Chester, with a history in the construction industry.

Click here to find out more about the Chester Community Improvement Project and read their story.

Click here to find a SCORE mentor.

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.

Since 1964, it has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs nationwide.

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SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties has been operating since 1985, with 100 dedicated volunteers today who provide confidential mentoring at no charge and offer business seminars, workshops and webinars to benefit the local community.

SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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