Terrence Payne Appointed District Director for Southern California SCORE Payne to Serve as Key Management Leader for Small Business Mentoring Organization

Washington, D.C.­­—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” announces the national appointment of Terrence (Terry) Payne as the district director for Southern California. Payne, a volunteer leader based in Los Angeles will lead and support local SCORE offices in providing small business mentoring and training to entrepreneurs across the Southern California area.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “Terry has an outstanding business and management background. He is a champion for the role of small business in our economy, especially during recession recovery.” Yancey adds, “Terry has shown continued dedication to the mission of SCORE and the success of the Southern California small business community. Southern California SCORE volunteers have extensive experience in small business start-ups and helping businesses succeed.”

Payne joined Los Angeles’ SCORE in 2009 as a volunteer and became Director of Expansion and Outreach before being named District Director. Payne has extensive experience in marketing, management and business development. Payne is a certified Small Business Administration SBE/8(a) firm advisor and has received numerous awards of accomplishments including the Living History Makers Science & Technology Achievement Award from the Turning Point Foundation. He serves on several non profit boards including the President of the Board of Directors for the Friends Housing, Incorporated, Board Member of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation and Board Member of the Mini 12-Step House.

SCORE’s Southern California district includes 4 chapters that reach 19,283 entrepreneurs annually through face-to-face and online counseling and a series of business workshops. The district’s 202 volunteers have an average of 40 years of business knowledge, with a wide range of expertise.

Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 12,400 business experts volunteer as mentors in 364 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 and www.score.org/women. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans, www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors and www.scorecommunity.org