SCORE Association Reaches Milestone—7 Million Clients Served

More Entrepreneurs Continue to Seek Business Counseling

Washington, DC—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” recently helped its 7 millionth client by offering business expertise and training to help small businesses succeed. SCORE offers in-person and online counseling and chapter workshops that help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners plan for the success of their business.

Both start-up and existing businesses call on SCORE as a sounding board for information and advice. In FY04, SCORE provided nearly half a million total services, including:

  • More than 220,000 face-to-face counseling sessions
  • Nearly 110,000 online counseling sessions
  • More than 135,000 attendees at nearly 7,000 workshops

According to SCORE Board Chair Jim Pyles, "Each year, millions of entrepreneurs look for ways to achieve their dreams of starting or growing their own business. SCORE volunteer counselors are here to help you succeed by offering their business skills, knowledge and experience in your local community.”

Pyles adds, "SCORE volunteers can be a member of a small business success team. Contact a SCORE counselor today at any of our 389 chapters nationwide or visit the SCORE Small Business Web Site at www.score.org.”

SCORE counseling is confidential and offered to entrepreneurs at no charge. The volunteers who offer their business expertise are working and retired small business owners and corporate executives. Workshops covering small business issues are organized by local chapters, which charge a small fee for the training sessions.

SCORE’s more than 10,500 volunteer business counselors serve their communities by building the economic strength of America—through the success of local small businesses. SCORE counselors serve local entrepreneurs through 389 chapters nationwide. And, the SCORE Small Business Web Site offers online counseling 24/7. More than 1,200 business counselors are available through Ask SCORE online. For more information, call SCORE at 800/634-0245 or visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.