Danielle Neal is a 25-year-old Baltimore-based entrepreneur who started her business, Digital with Danielle, in 2020. At first, this work was a side hustle, where she offered advice on how to use social media and its new features through Instagram Live. Her fun conversations there taught her that women face unnecessary barriers and a lack of confidence when using social media platforms for business growth. She instinctively knew she could be an empowering force in this arena and excel at addressing people’s social media pain points.Before taking the leap to start a business, Danielle was a schoolteacher. With no prior business experience, Danielle tapped into SCORE. Her SCORE mentor, Rich Rubinstein, helped her answer questions, think strategically, raise funds and even change her messaging to match her expertise. After bi-weekly Zoom meetings with Rich throughout the pandemic, Danielle decided to quit her teaching job in 2021 and launch Digital with Danielle full-time.In just one year since starting her business, Danielle is busy with clients and filled with confidence and excitement. “I don’t think of myself as ‘small’ because of the small business title: I am really creating a global brand,” she explains. She believes her SCORE mentor helped map revenue for growth but, more importantly, “map her legacy.” She encourages entrepreneurs to reach out to SCORE for support: “You can do so much more when you get help. My SCORE coach taught me that I can have premium clients. I learned to ignore my initial feelings of ‘imposter syndrome’ because I have more experience in this than others. I have a lot to offer.”

What would you tell a fellow business owner about SCORE? 

“You can do so much more when you get help. My SCORE coach taught me that I can have premium clients. I learned to ignore my initial feelings of ‘imposter syndrome’ because I have more experience in this than others. I have a lot to offer.”

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