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Corning Opera House receives national recognition as Outstanding Community Impact Business

CORNING – Corning Opera House Cultural Center in Corning has been chosen as this year’s recipient for the prestigious Outstanding Community Impact Small Business award, sponsored by Mass Mutual and given by The SCORE Foundation. SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, holds 750,000-plus free small business mentoring sessions, workshops and educational services annually, and honors its most successful clients at the SCORE Foundation’s annual awards ceremony.

At this year’s SCORE awards, to be held Sept. 13 in the Washington, D.C., metro area, Corning Opera House will be honored for demonstrating unique vision, innovation and achievement as an Outstanding Community Impact Small Business. Tune in live 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and watch them receive the award at (SCORE Mentors Facebook page).

“This year’s SCORE awards are particularly special, as we have reached a milestone of 10 years of celebrating the American entrepreneurial spirit through this awards ceremony,” said Resa Kierstein, vice president of development for SCORE. “Our winners come from all across the country, with diverse backgrounds and businesses in varied industries, but they share the courage and determination to make their dreams a reality. In addition to recognizing them and our dedicated SCORE mentors, we also thank our partners, all of whom strengthen our efforts to educate and support American entrepreneurs.”

Executive Director of Corning Opera House De Heaton attended many SCORE webinars and worked with SCORE Mentor Sherry Bonelli of Early Bird Digital Marketing. The opera house was able to improve their social media and website presence and increase website traffic. Bonelli taught how to add page descriptions, build upon reviews and use the Facebook header like a billboard. The opera house also saw an increase in the number of organizations and people renting the opera house for meetings, conferences, training sessions and special events.

“We are so excited to be recognized for our volunteer efforts and community impact. This would not have been possible without our wonderful supporters, patrons, renters and community. Thank you for supporting us and helping us succeed,” Heaton said.

“Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs to start or grow their businesses,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.“ These awards honor a few of the most outstanding among them, and recognize the SCORE mentors who have helped them along their journeys to success. We hope sharing these powerful stories will inspire others to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams, and to take full advantage of the valuable resources SCORE provides.”

Read more about Corning Opera House’s journey to business success and the SCORE Awards at The 1902 National Historic Register Corning Opera House is located at 800 Davis Ave. in Corning. For more information about events, rentals and tours, visit the website at, follow on Facebook or Instagram (COHCC) or by calling 641-418-8037.

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