The SCORE Association Significantly Increases Outreach

Washington, D.C.─The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” significantly increased outreach to the small business marketplace by 14 percent in the fiscal year 2002, which ended on September 30, 2002. Nationwide, more than 335,000 entrepreneurs took advantage of SCORE’s business counseling and small business workshops.

In 2002, SCORE opened six additional chapters and increased proactive outreach to local communities. SCORE’s 10,500 business mentors spent more than 1.36 million hours counseling America’s entrepreneurs. SCORE chapters held 6,252 local small business seminars, which 119,929 entrepreneurs attended.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE’s small business mentoring fulfills a business need for trusted and credible business counseling on the full-range of business issues. SCORE’s face-to-face and online counseling, small business workshops and the SCORE Web site allows flexible access to SCORE’s in-depth knowledge of small business.”

The Internet has changed the way America does business. Since 1997, SCORE has counseled entrepreneurs online through www.score.org. In 2002, SCORE email counselors conducted over 82,616 small business counseling sessions. This outreach makes it possible for busy entrepreneurs to access SCORE’s expertise on a 24/7 basis. After searching for a counselor with a background that matches the business need, the entrepreneur emails his or her question to the counselor. All questions are answered within 48 hours.

The SCORE Association was formed in 1964. SCORE is 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 volunteers provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has assisted more than 4.5 million Americans with small business counseling. Visit SCORE on the Web (www.score.org).