SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Honors 40 Years of Volunteer Service to America’s Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C.—Throughout 2004, the SCORE Association celebrates 40 years of providing business counseling and training to America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. The theme of the year-long celebration is “40 Years of Volunteer Service” in recognition of the millions of hours donated by SCORE’s 10,500 volunteer counselors, who provide face-to-face and email counseling and business training workshops to entrepreneurs nationwide. SCORE is the nation’s premier source for small business counseling.

Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 6 million Americans with small business counseling. Free and confidential business advice is offered to business owners through 389 chapters in all 50 states and online. The working and retired business owners and executives that volunteer their time to SCORE also conduct more than 6,500 low-cost workshops and seminars annually.

The SCORE Small Business Web Site (www.score.org) gives entrepreneurs the ability to seek counseling anytime. The Web site also offers a wealth of how-to information and links to a variety of business resources. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA Administrator Hector Barreto says, “SCORE provides an outstanding service to small business owners throughout America. Their counselors offer practical, qualified advice that creates a foundation of success for America’s entrepreneurs. We congratulate SCORE on its 40th anniversary, and look forward to continuing our productive partnership.”

SCORE Board Chair Carl Trautmann says, “For 40 years, America’s small business owners have trusted SCORE with their dreams of entrepreneurship.” Trautmann adds, “As SCORE moves forward from this important milestone, our volunteers will continue to expand their outreach to all members of their local business community.” Many SCORE chapters will hold local events celebrating SCORE’s 40th anniversary throughout the year.

Since 1964, the SCORE Association has assisted more than 6 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 and 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.