SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Honored with Award of Excellence from American Society of Association Executives

Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association recently received a national Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The honor was part of ASAE’s 2004 Associations Advance America Awards. The Award of Excellence honor makes SCORE eligible for the Associations Advance America Summit Award, the highest level of recognition for association programs given by ASAE, presented in October 2004.

ASAE recognized SCORE for its benefit to American society created by SCORE’s small business counseling program. SCORE volunteer counselors in 389 chapters nationwide and online provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs to help build their businesses. In fiscal year 2003, SCORE provided services to more than 400,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Kris Cook, chair of the Associations Advance America Committee, says “It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase SCORE’s small business counseling as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society.” Cook adds, “This program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign.”

This award marks the second time in three months that SCORE has been honored for its contribution to local business communities. The U.S. Small Business Administration presented its first-ever USA Freedom Corps Award to SCORE in September at the National Entrepreneurial Conference and Expo.

The SCORE Association was formed in 1964 as a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. For information about starting or operating a small business, call

1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. More than 10,500 volunteer members provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has assisted more than 6 million Americans with small business counseling. Visit SCORE on the Web (www.score.org).