WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, SCORE, www.score.org mentors to America's small businesses, announces a continued partnership with The Deluxe Corporation Foundation. The partnership includes a $500,000 grant to support the training and development of more than 11,000 SCORE volunteer mentors.

Lifelong Learning Partnership

The Deluxe Corporation Foundation grant supports SLATE 2.0, a re-launch and build-out of SCORE's innovative program to orient and train volunteers. SLATE is an acronym representing SCORE's mentoring methodology of:

Stop & Suspend Judgment
Listen & Learn
Assess & Analyze
Test Ideas & Teach with Tools
Expectations Setting & Encouraging the Dream

The grant will help the SLATE program evolve from a step-by-step process for new mentors to a platform for certifying all mentors in small business subject areas. SCORE mentors will gain expertise in areas such as finance and marketing as well as in diversity, client services, and volunteer development. This renewed partnership builds on Deluxe Corporation Foundation's support to launch and build the initial SLATE program.  

As the founder and exclusive sponsor of SLATE and SLATE 2.0, Deluxe has granted more than $1.5 million for various programs to ensure small businesses across the country receive ongoing counsel and advice from SCORE mentors. This latest grant will make it possible for SCORE clients to receive the quality SLATE 2.0 curriculum through the SCORE Email Mentoring Platform, powered by Deluxe.