Washington, D.C. (PRESS RELEASE - August 2, 2011) - SCORE, mentors to America\u2019s small business, a non-profit association and premier resource for free and confidential small business advice, and Spike TV, home of the new Sunday night series (10pm ET/PT) \u201cBar Rescue\u201d which gives failing nightlife establishments a second chance, have partnered to create a customized tool kit to aid small businesses. The announcement was made by Ken Yancey, SCORE CEO and Todd Ames, Vice President, Marketing, Spike TV. \u201cSCORE is committed to growing small businesses across the country. As our tagline reads,SCORE is here \u201cfor the life of your business,\u201d Mr. Yancey said. \u201cThis partnership with Spike TV highlights the situations SCORE mentors can help clients with who are in the restaurant and bar industry. It is our hope that viewers of this show will reach out to use SCORE\u2019s free resources and mentoring capabilities.\u201d \u201cGiven our challenging economic climate, the small business owner needs to fight even harder for his share in a shrinking marketplace. It\u2019s survival of the fittest, which is why the timing is perfect for \u2018Bar Rescue\u2019 and Spike\u2019s partnership with SCORE. Together we\u2019ve created a free tool kit designed to give entrepreneurs an edge to not only stay alive, but thrive during these recessionary times,\u201d commented Mr. Ames. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 21% of all small businesses started in 2008 were restaurants and bars. In Spike TV\u2019s new series, \u201cBar Rescue,\u201d Jon Taffer, one of the country\u2019s top restaurant and bar consultants, gives renewed life to businesses on the brink of closure. The show delves into every business facet of running a bar, from creating a profitable drink/food menu to crowd management to music selection to managing disgruntled employees. SCORE joins in this effort to provide people who have an interest in starting, saving or growing a restaurant or bar, with free and confidential business advice. Much like the 13,000 SCORE mentors across America offering guidance to new and existing businesses in all industries, Taffer draws on his lengthy, successful track record to revitalize these establishments on \u201cBar Rescue.\u201d The SPIKE TV/SCORE \u201cToolbox for Success\u201d provides free and confidential mentoring by industry experts. In addition, templates, trends and workshops are available with the click of a button. This toolbox is available at http://www.score.org/restaurants/spike-tv-serve-up-success and will be available to viewers via SPIKE TV\u2019s website at http://www.spike.com/shows/bar-rescue. About SCORE 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 13,500 business experts volunteer as mentors in 354 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses. About Spike TV Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world\u2019s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.