Square and SCORE Team Up to Provide Free Resources for Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. — SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs, and Square, a revolutionary service that allows anyone to accept credit cards, today announced they have joined forces to offer a “how to” resource to help small businesses better understand how to manage their mobile business needs. Additionally, in support of SCORE’s “Veteran Fast Launch” Initiative, Square will offer free credit card readers to the program participants.

As a newly recognized National Corporate Sponsor of SCORE, Square will sponsor a new eGuide on www.score.org. The new eGuide will be available June 1, 2011 for download on the SCORE web site. The eGuide is designed to educate small business owners on the process of taking mobile payments and the importance of tracking inventory to better manage their mobile business.

“Small business owners are looking for better ways to manage their mobile transactions. Thanks to Square, SCORE can offer new business resources to support the success of small businesses across America,” says SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “We are also delighted with the Square’s great contribution of free credit card readers to service members and their families participating in the “Veteran Fast Launch” program.”

“We’re thrilled to work with SCORE to provide free Square credit card readers to entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square. “SCORE’s goal of helping 20,000 businesses a year aligns with Square’s mission of enabling anyone to become an entrepreneur or grow their existing business by being able to easily accept credit cards.

About Square

Square is a revolutionary service that enables anyone to accept credit cards. Square makes payments simple by offering a free, easy-to-use app and card reader that plugs into a phone or iPad. No complicated contracts, monthly fees, or merchant accounts are required. The only cost is 2.75% per swipe. You can download the free app from the Android Market or iTunes App Store. Square is currently available in the U.S. only. More information is available at squareup.com.

About SCORE

Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,500 business experts volunteer as mentors in 354 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org or connect with us at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans, www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors and www.scorecommunity.org.