Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association recently received the first ever USA Freedom Corps Award, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the USA Freedom Corps, at the SBA’s National Entrepreneurial Conference and Expo (NECE). SCORE B

Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association recently received the first ever USA Freedom Corps Award, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the USA Freedom Corps, at the SBA’s National Entrepreneurial Conference and Expo (NECE). SCORE Board Chair Carl Trautmann accepted the award on behalf of the SCORE Association the award from SBA Administrator Hector Barreto.

SCORE was praised for its leadership and exemplary volunteer service to the small business community in assisting the growth and success of entrepreneurs. Barreto cited the dedication of the SCORE volunteers who counsel entrepreneurs at 389 chapters nationwide and online.

“These are some of the most experienced, some of the most professional, some of the most successful business leaders in the country who give back every single day. I can’t believe how much they get done,” Barreto said. “They do a wonderful job and we’re proud of the partnership we have with them.”

Several others with ties to SCORE were also recognized at NECE, including SCORE’s chapter of the year from Orange County, Calif. The USA Freedom Corps was launched in January 2002 in order to encourage Americans to answer President George W. Bush’s call to service and foster a culture of citizenship and responsibility.

The SCORE Association was formed in 1964 as a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. For information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. More than 10,500 volunteer members provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has assisted more than 6 million Americans with small business counseling. Visit SCORE on the Web (www.score.org).