SCORE’s press release reads:
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” announces a fresh, new look for the SCORE Small Business Web Site, http://www.score.org/, designed to be more visually appealing and easier for clients and visitors to use. New How-To and Business Tools sections offer valuable guides, templates and resources to help small business owners achieve success.
Through focus groups with SCORE small business owners, SCORE found that entrepreneurs wanted more information on starting, financing, managing and growing a business. SCORE re-organized online content around each of those themes. How-To articles provide tips and advice on a variety of topics, including business plans, venture capital, customer relations and increasing sales. Business Tools links offer access to SCORE online workshops, template gallery, business quizzes, public relations toolkit and other free resources.
As part of the Web site makeover, SCORE refined navigation features and added a site map to make getting around easier. A new Ask SCORE box on the home page gives quick access to SCORE’s free and confidential online counseling. Each page now includes a ZIP code finder to find a local SCORE office. New photos added to each page support SCORE’s awareness campaign theme, Live Your Dream. SCORE Can Help.
SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners told SCORE they want immediate access to a one-stop resource that helps small businesses succeed.” Yancey adds, “SCORE’s Web site provides 24/7 Ask SCORE online business advice and a wide range of information and useful tools for both start-up and growing businesses.”
Last year, more than 1.3 million people visited the SCORE Web Site, up from 405,000 people in the year 2000. The SCORE Web site has received several awards since its original launch in 1997. Recently, SCORE won a 2006 APEX Award of Excellence in the Web site category. The American Library Association honors the SCORE Web site as one of the “Best of the Best Business Web Sites.” Choice Magazine says the SCORE Web site is “highly recommended” for all library collections and academic research.
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7.3 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneurial education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at http://www.score.org/.
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