Washington, DC (PRESS RELEASE – October 17, 2009) – SCORE celebrates 45 years of volunteer service to help small businesses nationwide start up, grow and succeed. This year, SCORE reached a new milestone, helping 8.5 million clients since 1964. Nationally, SCORE offers free and confidential business mentoring and low-cost workshops to more than 350,000 people each year.
SCORE provides a tremendous value to America’s economy. SCORE helps create more than 25,000 new jobs each year, based on an impact study of SBA Entrepreneurship Education resources. One in seven clients creates a new job. SCORE also helped create 19,732 new small businesses in 2007, according to an SBA report sent to Congress.
SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE helps small business owners start up, stay in business and keep Americans employed. SCORE has a proven track record of both creating and saving jobs by improving small business survival rates and accelerating small business formation.” Yancey adds, “SCORE celebrates volunteer service to the small business community. Our 45th anniversary focuses on the valuable contribution that volunteers make to local entrepreneurs with mentoring and advice that meets their business needs.”
To help small businesses during the recession, SCORE launched the “Accelerate Your Success” Campaign. Each month, SCORE offers a new online toolkit with special articles, templates, podcasts and workshops at www.score.org/accelerate. Topics have included sales, management, marketing and growth. In addition, many SCORE offices across the country offer special training and workshops focused on recession topics.
SCORE continues to stay on the cutting-edge of technology and resources for entrepreneurs. Volunteers, clients and small business supporters can connect with SCORE through social media Web sites.
* Get answers: SCORE Online Community
* Follow us: SCORE on Twitter
* Visit SCORE blogs: Women Success and Ask an Expert
* Become a fan: SCORE on Facebook
Get advice by email through Ask SCORE at www.score.org/ask_score.html. Use the Find SCORE locator to find a SCORE office instantly at www.score.org/findscore.
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 12,400 volunteer business counselors in 364 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 www.score.org and www.score.org/women.