ATC International Honored as Rising Star by U.S. Small Business AdministrationSCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Helps Company Plan for Future

Washington, D.C.—Amy Frey, founder and president of ATC International, Inc., was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Rising Star on May 12 at SBA Headquarters in Washington. SBA Administrator Hector Barreto commended Frey on her dedication and the success of her business.

Founded in 1991, ATC International, located in Silver Spring, MD, provides import/export consulting and warehouse services for hundreds of companies seeking to bring goods to market. In 2000, Frey contacted SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” for counseling on the steps she would need to take to manage a change in business structure, personnel and leasing arrangements.

Frey worked with Washington, DC SCORE Counselor Ann Dobbs, a former partner in a grocery chain. Dobbs provided guidance in several areas, including marketing, financing, and vendor relationships. ATC International managed more than $2 million in goods in fiscal year 2003, and recently opened a second warehouse in Los Angeles.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE counselors provide objective, experienced advice that helps new and existing business owners find answers to a variety of business questions.” Yancey adds, “Entrepreneurs like Amy Frey turn to SCORE for expertise from dedicated counselors with knowledge on the range of business topics.”

(For more details on ATC International, visit http://www.score.org/success_atc.html.)

Since 1964, the SCORE Association has assisted more than 6.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For information about starting or operating a small business, call

1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.