SCORE Board Chair Jim Pyles Speaks at Congressional Hearing
Pyles Highlights SCORE Services & Technology Needs
Washington, D.C.—SCORE Board Chair James W. Pyles offered testimony before the Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment and Government Programs on Thursday, March 2, in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Pyles provided an overview of SCORE’s:
· Free business counseling and low-cost workshops in Fiscal Year 2005
· Disaster recovery activities following Hurricane Katrina
· Online counseling, information and resources
· Request for additional funding to build a technology infrastructure
“With additional funding, SCORE will establish a Web-based ‘One SCORE’ system to better serve both clients and counselors. New volunteers will be able to take online orientation and training,” Pyles said. “This will attract diverse volunteers to SCORE, and expand the skills and abilities we then offer to entrepreneurs. That’s why we’re here—to help local communities and strengthen the U.S. economy.”
Pyles spent 34 years in sales and marketing positions with the Bayer Corporation. Prior to retirement, he became an entrepreneur by opening his own real estate management firm. Pyles joined SCORE in 1996. He has been an active leader in his local SCORE chapter in Elkhart, Ind. This is his second year as board chair.
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7 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