SCORE and American Express OPEN on the Road Driving Small Business Growth

Tour Provides Boost for Small Business Owners Nationally with Coaching Program and Workshop Series

New York City – SCORE and American Express OPEN announce the 2011 schedule for “Small Business High Speed Growth,” a multi-city tour designed to help small business owners develop strategies to and provide them with educational and coaching programs to identify new opportunities for business growth.

The “Small Business High Speed Growth” program broadens the previous “Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive” event series and couples popular one-on-one speed coaching with new problem-solving workshops focusing on areas that directly impact small business growth, including effective marketing and business finances.  The 2011 events will allow participating small business owners to ask questions on a variety of topics ranging from surviving the current economy to finding the “right” customers.

“The new ‘Small Business High Speed Growth’ series takes the most beneficial portion from the old program and combines it with an expanded agenda including instructive workshops and interactive sessions focused predominantly on business growth,” said Ken Yancey, SCORE chief executive officer.  “We are thrilled to be entering our fifth year of partnership with American Express OPEN as we continue to develop this program to aid more entrepreneurs.”

For the first time since 2006, growth has surpassed survival as the number one priority for entrepreneurs, according to the American Express OPEN® Small Business Monitor, a semi-annual survey of business owners. Perhaps further evidence that economic recovery is reaching Main Street, more than one-third (35%) plan to hire, the highest level since the fall 2008 survey.

“Small business owners are survivors having held on through uncertain economic times and are now, more than ever, ready to grow and expand their businesses,” said Karen-Michelle Mirko, director of customer advocacy at American Express OPEN.  “These growth-focused entrepreneurs require increased support from trusted partners who can lend their expertise on key business issues.”

2011 Event Schedule

SCORE and American Express OPEN will host “Small Business High Speed Growth” events in these markets nationwide:

  • May 9 – Washington, DC
  • June 7 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • June 21 – Portland, ME
  • July 13 – Orange County, CA
  • October TBD – New York, NY

Event attendees can choose to attend any of these workshops:

Small Business Speed Coaching and Round Table

This session offers small business owners sessions with experienced business coaches from SCORE in roundtable sessions with an experienced SCORE coach discussing issues facing challenges that small businesses face, as well as, exclusive one-on-one evaluations and discussions.

How-To: Refocus Your Market Target and Positioning

The marketing workshop offers an interactive discussion of cost-effective, creative, integrated marketing solutions—including online marketing tactics and everyday promotional resources business owners may not have considered.

Managing Money Through a Tough Economy

This workshop has a simple goal: to help attendees better understand their business finances, thus assisting them direct future growth and funding. Call it the bottom line on the bottom line.

Networking Session

Attendees will be led through a new networking experience that allows them the opportunity to interact with fellow small businesses in their own industry, followed by networking with industries that can assist in growing their business.

More information about the events is available online at the newly revamped:  http://www.score.org/                                               

In addition to meeting with a SCORE coach at the event, attendees will learn about local SCORE resources and how they can continue mentoring sessions in the future.

Registration is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at http://www.score.org.  A maximum of two people per company may attend the event.  Limit one coaching session per business. All attendees are eligible to participate in the coaching, workshops and luncheon.

About SCORE

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 12,400 volunteer business counselors in 364 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. Visit SCORE on the web at www.score.org.

About American Express OPEN®

American Express OPEN is the leading payment card issuer for small businesses in the United States and supports business owners with products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This includes business charge and credit cards that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, rewards, savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners and online tools and services designed to help improve profitability. Learn more at www.OPEN.com and connect with us at openforum.com and twitter.com/openforum.

 

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.  Learn more at www.americanexpress.com and connect with us on www.facebook.com/americanexpress, www.twitter.com/americanexpress and www.youtube.com/americanexpress.