SCORE and American Airlines Partner to Help America’s Small Businesses Take Flight

Washington, D.C. — SCORE, – www.score.org- America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice, has once again partnered with American Airlines, an industry leader in helping businesses manage their travel.   According to recent data by Replicon, businesses are spending about $440 per flight, nearly 25 percent more than the average domestic airfare of $357, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In fact, according to the data, airfare makes up for nearly half (40 percent) of a company’s overall travel costs.  American Airlines and SCORE will partner to provide small business owners opportunities for growth while providing helpful tips to manage their businesses. Specifically, they will create an educational eGuide and host a free informative webinar aimed at this goal.  In 2011, SCORE’s online educational tools were accessed by more than 535,000 small business clients and their webinars received over 87,000 participants.

“SCORE is extremely pleased to partner with American Airlines to help educate entrepreneurs and ultimately improve their bottom lines in a real way,” said SCORE’s Director of Marketing, Bridget Weston Pollack.  “Travel is a big component to small businesses in certain industries, and SCORE and AA are happy to help make travel even easier and more effective for them.”

American Airlines has a long history of serving the need of small businesses, including the creation of their Business ExtrAA program - a free travel award and incentive program that allows business owners to lower travel costs.

To learn more about this program, visit: www.businessextraa.com

About SCORE
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 364 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.

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For more information, contact SCORE's public relations manager at 1-800/634-0245 or media@score.org.