More Entrepreneurs Turn to SCORE for Business Counseling in FY06 SBA Small Business Week 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrate America’s entrepreneurial spirit during Small Business Week 2006 events in Washington, D.C., April 12-13. SCORE will serve as the lead co-sponsor for the third year in a row.

The two-day conference will focus on small business accomplishments, with a tribute to businesses recovering from natural disasters. SCORE’s Chapter of the Year will be announced, as well as the National Small Business Person of the Year.

In addition, more than 100 outstanding small business owners from around the country will be honored for their success. These awards will cover a wide range of business products, services and innovations offered by America's entrepreneurs.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE is proud to serve as the lead co-sponsor of Small Business Week 2006, which honors the dreams and aspirations of small business owners across the country.” Yancey adds, “This event provides the perfect opportunity for SCORE to highlight the valuable services provided by SCORE volunteers in local communities.”

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7 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 entrepreneurial 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. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org. For more information about Small Business Week 2006, visit www.sba.gov/sbw.