SCORE and HP Host Free Workshop Series for Small Businesses

Washington, DC (PRESS RELEASE April 24, 2009) – SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and HP announce a new series of free workshops for small businesses, “For the Good of Your Business-Surviving Challenging Times.” Hosted in eight cities across the country, the workshops will provide essential advice on technology-based strategies that can help small business owners survive in tough economic times.

Together, HP and SCORE are providing key insights and simple solutions for protecting small businesses, saving money and increasing sales. Attendees will learn how to plan for disasters, leverage environmental strategies and manage in-house marketing for business longevity and success. The workshops also will offer tips on winning business contracts generated by the federal economic stimulus efforts, and advice on taking advantage of new SBA-backed financial options.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “HP continues to provide outstanding leadership and corporate support for small business mentoring and training through SCORE.” Yancey adds, “Thanks to HP, SCORE can continue to help prepare small businesses for disaster and build the economic strength of local communities.”

In addition to the workshops, HP will help provide more online resources and tools for small businesses at the SCORE Web site, HP is sponsoring a series of Webinars, podcasts, eGuides and business checklists as part of a new Web site section, “Technology and Tools for Every Stage of Your Business.” HP also will feature a monthly “Tech Tip” in SCORE eNews, which offers tips, trends andsmall business news to 100,000 subscribers each month.

“HP has a long history of supporting small businesses and offering customers solutions to help protect, manage and grow their business,” says Michael Nordstrom, SMB marketing manager, HP Personal Systems Group. “We are proud to work with SCORE to address the needs of small businesses, from disaster preparedness to managing technology, allowing them to focus on their craft and bottom line instead of worrying about the details of technology.”

SCORE experts can offer advice by email on disaster planning, environment, marketing and technology issues through Ask SCORE at Use the Find SCORE mapping tool to find a local SCORE office instantly for face-to-face mentoring at

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

* April 28-Glendale Hilton, Los Angeles, Calif.
* April 30-Huntington Beach Central Library, Orange County, Calif.
* May 28-The Corporate College East, Cleveland, Ohio
* June 11- Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colo.
* September 10- Independence Visitor Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
* September 24-The Signature Grand, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
* November 11-HP Houston Campus Center, Houston, Texas
* December 3-Arizona State University, West Campus, Phoenix, Ariz.

For more information on the workshops, visit

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8.3 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 11,200 volunteer business counselors in 370 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 and

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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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