SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Launches New Web Site with Expanded Resources for Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association announces the launch of its redesigned SCORE Small Business Web Site, www.score.org. The site features SCORE’s hallmark email counseling advice service. The updated Ask SCORE service features five-steps to business advice. Entrepreneurs can enter keywords or a question to find one of more than 1,200 business experts. Ask SCORE offers entrepreneurs access to advisors, who bring more than 600 combined skills.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE takes a major step forward with the relaunch of SCORE.org. The SCORE Small Business Site provides entrepreneurs with a one-stop location for small business advice, information, articles and useful business tools.” Yancey adds, “The SCORE site meets small business owners’ needs with 24/7 availability for email counseling and by offering a wide range of resources for both start-up and growing businesses.”

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, nearly half of the 22.5 million small businesses use the Web. SCORE’s focus on redeveloping the site brings more information, resources and enhanced customer service to entrepreneurs who seek information online. SCORE’s site features the 24/7 Ask SCORE for business advice service, as well as a wide selection of small business articles. The new SCORE Small Business Web Site features the:

  • Learning Center with nine content areas including: business columns, small business guides,

     tips and special features. This section offers a reading room with articles on more than

     10 business topics.

  • Business Toolbox with quizzes, small business power links, a business planning tool and a

financial benchmarking tool. Six online workshops will be added in June on topics such as starting, financing and marketing a small business.

  • Find SCORE locator tool that gives visitors the opportunity to enter city and state or zip code to

     find one of the 389 SCORE, chapter offices nationwide. SCORE offers face-to-face business

     counseling and workshops through local offices.

  • Ask SCORE for Business Advice service, that gives entrepreneurs the chance to enter keywords

or a question to search a database of more than 600 business skills nationwide. Counselors’ skills   

and a mini-biography appear with the results. A five-star rating indicates the best match between the entrepreneur’s question or keywords and the counselors listed.

The newly launched SCORE site, www.score.org, follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for accessibility. The site is designed to provide a user-friendly interface for screen readers. The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind tested the site.

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. More than 12,000 volunteer members provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has assisted more than 4.5 million Americans with small business counseling. Visit SCORE on the Web (www.score.org).