SCORE Association Forms Alliance with White House Initiative

Alliance Expands Free Business Counseling & Mentoring to

Asian American & Pacific Islander Small Businesses

Washington, DCThe SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) announce a new alliance to increase awareness of SCORE counseling and training in the Asian American and Pacific Islander small business community.

SCORE Board Chair Jim Pyles, SCORE CEO Ken Yancey and WHIAAPI Executive Director Eddy Badrina will participate in a Memorandum of Understanding signing on Friday, February 4, 2005 in Kansas City, Mo. The event is being hosted by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City.

The WHIAAPI seeks to: develop, monitor and coordinate federal efforts to improve Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in government programs; foster research and data collection for Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses and communities; and increase their level of participation in the national economy and their economic and community development.

I am very excited that we are entering into this new alliance with the SCORE Association," says Eddy Badrina, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. "This opportunity allows SCORE to bring its vital business counseling services and mentoring programs to Asian American and Pacific Islander entrepreneurs and business community nationwide."

“We are pleased to work together toward our common goal of providing access to SCORE counseling in small business communities across the country,” says SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “This alliance will help SCORE serve Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses, and will help us recruit more business counselors from this community.”

Since 1964, the SCORE Association has assisted more than 7 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors 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 www.score.org.