Washington and Fort Worth, Texas (PRESS RELEASE – December 9, 2010) – American Airlines, a leader in helping businesses manage their travel, has partnered with SCORE, an organization dedicated to counseling, training, and mentoring small businesses. American will sponsor some of SCORE’s digital small business education tools, including portions of the SCORE website and an eGuide, which helps small businesses identify opportunities for growth while providing helpful tips to manage their business.
Since 1964, SCORE has successfully helped entrepreneurs and small businesses realize their dreams. Recently, Gallup conducted a census survey of all SCORE mentoring clients. According to the survey results, SCORE’s economic impact from their small business mentoring, tools and resources showed that SCORE clients started 68,452 new businesses and created 30,603 jobs in 2009.
American Airlines has a long history of supporting small businesses, both through sponsorship of organizations like SCORE and through the American Airlines Business Suite, offering travel programs specifically designed to make employee travel more affordable, more productive and more rewarding for those small and mid-sized companies that depend upon face-to-face contact across the nation, or the globe, to succeed. American offers online resources to help business owners and decision makers learn more about what programs are available to help manage travel budgets and address other travel needs specific to their businesses.
“SCORE appreciates American Airlines support in helping provide small businesses with valuable online business resources that offer real-world application,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “These business resources and the future eGuide will help serve the needs of small business owners who seek to better understand technology, marketing and business growth issues.”
“For years, American has focused on supporting small businesses and their unique needs,” said Karen Buls, American’s Director – Small and Medium Enterprise Products, Marketing and Sales Strategy. “Our partnership with SCORE further emphasizes our commitment to helping small businesses grow and succeed, especially in this particularly tough economic environment.”
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 354 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American’s award-winning website, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve approximately 750 destinations in nearly 150 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)
About the American Airlines Business Suite
The American Airlines Business Suite offers travel products and programs designed specifically for small businesses. The Business Suite includes the AAirpass program, which offers discounted fares on last-minute travel with immediate VIP benefits, and Business ExtrAA, a program that rewards businesses when their employees fly on American Airlines with points that can be redeemed for flights, upgrades, Admirals Club memberships and conference rooms, and more. There is no cost to join and while the company earns points, employees still earn their AAdvantage miles. Other programs include a cash-rebate credit card and discounts for group travel.