American Express OPEN Wins SCORE Award for Corporate Small Business Supporter of the Year

Washington, D.C.–SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” honors American Express OPEN for its dedication to the success of small business owners.  Marcy Shinder, vice president of brand management for American Express OPEN, will accept the SCORE Award for Corporate Small Business Supporter of the Year at the inaugural SCORE Awards and black-tie gala, which will be held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 17.

For the third year in a row, American Express OPEN has renewed its alliance with SCORE to provide small business owners with free business counseling, timely workshops and peer networking as part of the Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive Series, held in key U.S. markets. The series of single-day events delivered face-to-face counseling to more than 2,000 new and emerging small businesses.

The Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive offers small business owners exclusive one-on-one evaluation sessions with business experts from SCORE, along with interactive workshops focused on helping businesses survive and grow. In addition, American Express OPEN sponsors the SCORE Web site, www.score.org, which helps SCORE reach millions of people online each year.

“Through working in close collaboration with our partners at SCORE, and their vast network of knowledgeable counselors, we were able to create a unique national business coaching initiative, which provides small business owners with vital resources and assist them to develop strategies to weather the current economic environment,” says Marcy Shinder, vice president of brand management at American Express OPEN.  “We are ecstatic and honored to be the first ever recipient of this award, as it illustrates the positive impact SCORE and OPEN have made on the growth objectives of today’s entrepreneurs over the past few years.”   

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “American Express OPEN continues to offer outstanding support to American small businesses and SCORE. Their support has a valuable impact on the success of everyday entrepreneurs.” Yancey adds, “The popular speed coaching program, sponsored by American Express OPEN, encourages business owners to get a mentor, which is especially important during a down economy. SCORE salutes American Express OPEN for supporting SCORE mentoring and resources that reach millions each year.”

About American Express OPEN: American Express OPEN is dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners and their companies. OPEN supports business owners with exceptional service and tailored products and services that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, control and rewards to help customers run their business. Specifically, business customers can leverage an enhanced set of products, tools, services and savings, including charge and credit cards, convenient access to working capital, robust online account management capabilities and savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners. To obtain more information about OPEN, visit OPEN.com, or call 1-800-NOW-OPEN to apply for a card. Terms and conditions apply.

American Express Company is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850. Learn more at www.americanexpress.com.

About The SCORE Foundation: The mission of The SCORE Foundation is to support and leverage the work of SCORE by soliciting, investing and managing resources for the benefit of SCORE. Learn more about The SCORE Foundation at www.scorefoundation.org.

About SCORE: Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8.4 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 www.score.org and www.score.org/women.