Larry Pelka Joins SCORE Board of Directors

Former Corporate CEO Offers Strong Financial & Management Expertise

Washington, D.C.—Larry Pelka of Chicago, Ill., joins the SCORE Board of Directors. SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" provides free small business mentoring, as well as low-cost workshops and seminars, to more than 300,000 aspiring and existing small business owners each year.

Pelka retired after a 22-year career as CEO of Associates Commercial Corporation, a worldwide commercial leasing and lending business with more than 12 divisions. Before that, he was the central region manager for General Electric Capital. He has served on the boards of the Equipment Leasing Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Symphony.

Pelka joined SCORE in 2002 as a volunteer business counselor. He currently serves as assistant district director, helping to oversee all SCORE offices in Illinois. Previously, Pelka served as chapter chair of Chicago SCORE. He continues to provide mentoring to SCORE clients, particularly those who experience financial difficulties or who need to negotiate with bank or leasing companies.

SCORE Board Chair Paul Kopelcheck says, “Larry is a dedicated SCORE volunteer and a successful business leader who brings a wealth of financial and corporate experience to the SCORE Board of Directors.” Kopelcheck adds, “Larry’s experience with providing entrepreneurs the financing they need to start or grow their own business is a perfect fit with SCORE’s mission of service to the small business community.”

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 7.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 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.