Mary Speight is a veteran small business development counselor and community economic development advocate in the Chapel Hill Durham area. Mary is currently a SCORE Volunteer Mentor for the Chapel Hill Durham SCORE Chapter located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mary has received local, regional and national awards for her contribution and support to Small Business and the foster of economic development in North Carolina. The awards include the Self Help Credit Union “Mission Award”, the Small Business Development Center, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery Award and the US Small Business Administration Award, for contribution and Support to Small Business. Mary owned and operated a fiscal management business for several years and worked twenty-five plus years as a Business and Community Economic Development Specialist for the University of NC Small Business and Technology Development Center.