SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Honors Duncan Brown with Its Highest Volunteer Award

Washington, D.C.—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” presents the Walter H. Channing Award of Excellence to SCORE Board Director Duncan Brown of Rockford, Ill. Brown receives the Channing Award for his volunteer service and leadership, as well as his ongoing fundraising efforts for SCORE.

The Walter H. Channing Award recognizes individual volunteers for their outstanding service to SCORE. Brown was given the award at the national SCORE Chapter Chair Orientation in Nashville, Tenn.

Brown joined SCORE in 1990. During his career, he spent six years as a newspaper reporter before serving as public relations director for National Lock, a hardware manufacturer, in Rockford. He served in a series of management positions for the firm in marketing, budgeting and business planning, and as general manager of its Plastics business. He later became employee relations manager for Keystone Steel and Wire Co., the parent firm of National Lock, in Peoria.

As a SCORE volunteer, Brown held numerous leadership positions at Northern Illinois SCORE, including publicity chair, vice chair and chapter chair. In 1996, Northern Illinois SCORE was named National SCORE Chapter of the Year. Following this success, Brown was named Illinois district director in 1998. In his first year, statewide Illinois chapters increased client contacts 87 percent over the previous year. Brown was elected to the SCORE Board of Directors in 2000, and he later served as The SCORE Foundation Board Chair.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “Duncan is a shining example of the best qualities of a SCORE leader. In his role with SCORE, he has provided leadership at all levels of the organization, including his current role as SCORE Board Director.” Yancey adds, “Duncan led the way to improve SCORE services, expand community outreach and secure SCORE’s legacy. He served as the first board chair of The SCORE Foundation, which raises funds to extend SCORE’s counseling and training across America.”

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted nearly 7.5 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. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at