SCORE and Verizon Form Alliance to Offer Free Technology to California’s Growing, Diverse Small Businesses

 Washington, D.C.—Minority small business owners can learn how to make technology work for them in a series of free workshops in November sponsored by SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and Verizon Communications. The goal of the workshops is to increase small business owners’ understanding of technology and how it can improve their business’ competitive edge.

The workshops, “Building Your Small Business with Technology,” will be held November 14 in Huntington Beach, November 15 in Santa Monica and November 16 in Ontario. The workshops are free but pre-registration is required through SCORE chapter Web sites.

The half-day events will feature presentations on small business technology use, including: trends, strategies and implications for growth; demonstrations of computer-based phone systems, network security, data recovery and business continuity protection; and vendor and supplier diversity programs for small businesses. 

In addition, there will be a question and answer session on small business and supplier diversity programs featuring representatives from local corporations and public entities. Each workshop concludes with a panel discussion and an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with representatives from large businesses located in the communities where each workshop will be held.   

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey will attend the November 15 event and personally welcome workshop participants. “SCORE is pleased to form an alliance with Verizon to provide workshops that will help serve the needs of many small business owners who seek to understand the changing technology landscape,” Yancey says.

Funded by a $250,000 grant from Verizon, these are the first of a series of workshops that SCORE plans to offer to local minority small businesses across the country.

“These workshops will help women, disabled, minority and veteran-owned entrepreneurs understand the key technology trends and tools that will grow businesses,” said Tim McCallion, Verizon West region president.  “They also will learn about how to use technology to work with larger corporations through supplier diversity programs.”

All small business owners are welcome, particularly women, minority, veteran and disabled-owned businesses.  

The November 14 workshop will be held at Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center Ave., Huntington Beach.  The November 15 workshop will be held at the Sheraton Delfina, 530 West Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.  The November 16 session will be held at the Ontario Hilton, 700 N. Haven, Ontario. All workshops begin at 8:30 a.m.  Visit www.scorela.org  to register for the workshop in Santa Monica and www.score114.org for the workshops in Orange County and Ontario.

About SCORE

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 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 entrepreneurial 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 www.score.org.

About Verizon  

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, go to www.verizon.com.

 

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Verizon Media Relations

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