Verizon Teams With SCORE to Help Minority-Owned Businesses Grow

LOS ANGELES -- Small-business owners with a diversity background can learn how to make technology work for them in a series of free workshops next month sponsored by SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" and Verizon Communications. 

The goal of the workshops is to increase small-business owners' understanding of technology and how it can improve their business' competitive edge. 

The workshops, entitled Building Your Small Business with Telecom Innovations, will be held Nov. 14 in Huntington Beach, Nov. 15 in Santa Monica and Nov. 16 in Ontario. The workshops are free but pre-registration is required through SCORE chapter Web sites.  [Locations and Web sites are listed at the end of this news release.] 

The half-day events will feature presentations on small-business technology use, including trends, strategies and implications for growth; demonstrations of computer-based phone systems, network security, data recovery and business continuity protection; and vendor and supplier diversity programs for small businesses. 

In addition, there will be a question-and-answer session on small business and supplier diversity programs featuring representatives from local corporations and public entities. Each workshop will conclude with a roundtable discussion and an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with representatives from large businesses located in the communities where each workshop will be held. 

Funded by a $250,000 grant from Verizon, these are the first of a series of workshops that SCORE plans to offer to local minority-owned small businesses. 

"These workshops will help entrepreneurs who include women, the disabled, minorities and service veterans understand the key technology trends and tools that will grow businesses," said Tim McCallion, Verizon West region president.  "They will also learn about how to use technology to work with larger corporations through supplier diversity programs." 

The workshops are designed for women, minority, veteran and disabled-owned businesses, but all small-business owners are welcome. 

The Nov. 14 workshop will be held at Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center Ave., Huntington Beach.  The Nov. 15 workshop will be held at the Sheraton Delfina, 530 West Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.  The Nov. 16 session will be held at the Ontario Hilton, 700 N. Haven, Ontario. All workshops begin at 8:30 a.m.  Visit www.scorela.org  to register for the workshop in Santa Monica and www.score114.org for the workshops in Orange County and Ontario. 

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide.  Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks.  Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. More than 10,500 volunteer counselors provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Counselors work with entrepreneurs through every phase of their entrepreneurial venture: generating and assessing ideas, preparing a business plan, raising capital and managing the operations and finances of the growing venture.  SCORE has assisted more than 7 million Americans with online and face-to-face small business counseling. The SCORE Association was formed in 1964.  For more information, visit www.score.org