SCORE Names Blake Welch Regional Director of California

May 26, 2010
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Tammy Cason

Washington, D.C. — SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” names Blake Welch of Los Angeles, Calif., as regional director for California. Welch is responsible for leading efforts to provide more mentoring and training for entrepreneurs seeking help from SCORE. He will work with state and local volunteer leaders to grow the number of SCORE services and maximize success. Learn more at

Welch is a management executive who has spent more than a decade helping corporations, nonprofits and small businesses grow. His recent experience includes serving as statewide director of operations for the American Lung Association of California, where he managed 16 locations across the state, centralized operations, and developed significant revenue-generating programs and marketing strategies.

Previously, Welch was director of health and safety for the American Red Cross in Los Angeles. He also has worked for Alltell Communications, Hilti North America, MCI Telecom, American Honda Finance, and the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

“Blake’s record as a dynamic leader, plus his proven ability to grow sales and improve business operations, offers a strong foundation to build on for his work with SCORE,” says SCORE COO Devin Jopp, Ed.D. “His professional savvy and experience will help SCORE offices in California ensure that entrepreneurs get the mentoring and training they need to build success.”

Welch earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in finance from the University of Tulsa. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in German and economics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He studied abroad at Albert Ludwig’s Universitat in Freiburg, Germany, as an undergraduate.

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 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 364 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.

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