SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” to be Honored by White House for 40 Years of Volunteer Service to Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association will mark its 40th anniversary of providing business counseling and training to small businesses at a White House reception in the Indian Treaty Room of the Old Executive Office Building on April 21. The White House recognition of SCORE’s 10,500 volunteer counselors coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 18-24).

Longtime SCORE supporter The Company Corporation will sponsor the event. For 40 years, SCORE volunteer advisors have donated their time and expertise to help America’s new and emerging small businesses. SCORE has provided more than 6.5 million entrepreneurs with free, practical advice and low-cost training since 1964 through 389 chapters nationwide. Information and counseling for business owners is also available anytime through the SCORE Small Business Web Site, www.score.org. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE is deeply honored to receive this recognition of our volunteers from the White House and the SBA.” Yancey adds, “The success of small businesses is critical to the strength of the U.S. economy, and SCORE volunteers offer trusted, experienced advice for starting and managing a small business.”

SCORE District Director (Insert Name) says, “The White House reception brings attention to the role that SCORE plays in helping America’s small businesses.” (Insert name) adds, “SCORE volunteers in (Insert State) conducted (Insert number) counseling sessions last year, and provided training opportunities at (Insert number) workshops.”

SCORE business counselors are working and retired business owners and executives who volunteer their time to provide business advice and training to entrepreneurs in all stages of business development. In fiscal year 2003, SCORE counselors nationwide donated more than 1.4 million hours of their time to help entrepreneurs in their communities.

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.