SCORE Reaches New Milestone—7.5 Million Clients Served

More Entrepreneurs Turn to SCORE for Business Counseling in FY06

Washington, DC—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” recently helped its 7.5 millionth client by offering business advice and training to help small businesses succeed. SCORE offers in-person and online counseling and workshops that help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners live their dreams of business success.

Both start-up and existing businesses call on SCORE as a sounding board for starting, financing, managing and growing a business. In FY06, SCORE increased total services six percent over FY05, including:

  • More than 180,000 face-to-face counseling sessions
  • Nearly 115,000 online counseling sessions
  • More than 125,000 attendees at nearly 7,000 workshops

SCORE Board Chair Paul Kopelcheck says, "Every day of every year, SCORE stands ready to provide mentoring to help entrepreneurs achieve their small business dreams. SCORE has reached a milestone in providing counseling and training to more than 7.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.”

Kopelcheck adds, “Business success is achieved by bringing your best qualities to your business and building a team of advisors to round out your skills. Find a SCORE counselor today at any of our 389 offices nationwide or visit the SCORE Small Business Web Site at www.score.org for advice via email.”

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 offices, 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.