SCORE Counselor Jerry Chautin Honored as Small Business Journalist of the Year

Washington, D.C.—SCORE Counselor Jerry Chautin has been named Small Business Journalist of the Year 2006 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He will receive the award at a State Department dinner reception on April 12 during Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.

Chautin earned this award for promoting the entrepreneurial spirit of America in his writing. His weekly column, “Let’s Talk Business,” runs every Sunday in the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla. He is also a business writer for The Cherokee Scout in Murphy, N.C., which initially nominated him for the award.

Chautin joined SCORE as a volunteer counselor in 1993. He is a member of Atlanta SCORE and Manasota SCORE in Sarasota. He also provides face-to-face counseling in western North Carolina as well as online counseling through SCORE’s Web site, www.score.org. His areas of expertise include business plans, financing options and commercial real estate. In addition, he has developed and presented business seminars on these topics.

Chautin spent 30 years in mortgage banking, business lending and commercial real estate. During his career, he wrote articles for trade magazines. He picks the topics of his columns based on the business issues facing the communities where they appear. Currently, he is exploring how to nationally syndicate his column.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE congratulates Jerry on this well-deserved recognition for his support of the small business community.” Yancey adds, “Jerry provides a valuable service by writing about issues of vital importance to entrepreneurs by providing his expert advice to small businesses.”

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. Contact Jerry Chautin by email at JKChautin@aol.com.