SCORE and The Office Depot Foundation Announce New Alliance

Washington, DC (PRESS RELEASE – November 10, 2008) – SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and the Office Depot Foundation announce a new multi-year alliance to collaboratively serve the needs of small business owners, start-up entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. The Office Depot Foundation will sponsor the Disaster Prep and Relief section of the SCORE Web site,

SCORE will participate in ongoing initiatives sponsored by the Office Depot Foundation that address disaster preparation and planning, as well as nonprofit capacity building. The Foundation also will fund the reprinting of Business Planning Tools for Nonprofits and help distribute copies through the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives regional events.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE’s alliance with the Office Depot Foundation will help us continue to provide the latest resources and valuable assistance to help small businesses prepare for and recover from a disaster.” Yancey adds, “The Office Depot Foundation’s generous support of the Business Planning Tools for Nonprofits guide helps SCORE provide mentoring and expertise for this important market, especially during a time of economic uncertainty.”

“We are delighted to partner with SCORE to advance two of our Foundation’s key strategic priorities,” says Mary Wong, President of the Office Depot Foundation. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to assist SCORE in sharing its insightful, time-tested information with a broad audience through our Web sites and other communications channels.”

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation that serves as the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot®. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Careâ„¢, the Foundation strives to make a positive impact on many lives in many communities around the world. The Foundation supports a variety of programs that enhance the quality of life for children, strengthen communities, encourage local and global economic growth, and empower schools and non-profit (civil society) organizations. It also provides support when disasters strike – doing what it can not only to speed the process of rebuilding, but also to mitigate the impact of future disasters. For more information, visit

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE on the Web at or

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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