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Ken Yancey CEO of SCORE gets First-Ever Small Business Corporate Support Award

September 24th, 2010 :: Shashi Bellamkonda

I was thrilled to hear about this news that SCORE presented the first-ever Ken Yancey Small Business Corporate Support Award on September 16th at the SCORE Awards in Washington, D.C. SCORE CEO Ken Yancey, is the first recipient of this award honoring those who provide exceptional assistance in creating small business procurement opportunities. I have met him several times and his passion for helping small business comes across as he speaks.

SCORE has a network of volunteers who mentor new and existing small Business and has helped  more than 8.5 million entrepreneurs with a network of 12,400 mentors. Well deserved award- Congrats ! Ken Yancey and SCORE.

More information from the SCORE press release :

This award the “Ken Yancey Small Business Corporate Support Award” is named for SCORE CEO Ken Yancey in honor of his personal leadership in the development and growth of Business Matchmaking and his guidance in facilitating more than 75,000 face-to-face opportunities for entrepreneurs to present to government and major corporate potential customers, resulting in more than $1 billion in sales for America’s small businesses.

The Business Matchmaking organization established this annual award for an organization or individual who has provided exceptional assistance in creating small business procurement opportunities. Yancey has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox and PBS as a small business expert. He serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council. He is an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mike Mendez, SCORE Association Incoming Board Chair, says, “Ken Yancey has been instrumental in SCORE’s growth and success. It’s been an honor to work with Ken in leading mentoring and training support for America’s small businesses.” Mendez adds, “Today, we honor Ken Yancey as the first recipient for this award named in his honor the Ken Yancey Small Business Corporate Support Award. It’s a testament to Ken’s long-standing support of small business and the corporate partners that help small business connect with resources & opportunities for success.”

Mark Dobosz, Executive Director of The SCORE Foundation, says, “Ken is a visionary and inspirational leader. His ability to rally support for SCORE, small business mentoring and other great programs like business matchmaking demonstrate his commitment to small business success.” Dobosz adds, “Ken has built corporate support for SCORE’s mission and small business. We felt it was appropriate to name this award honoring corporate supporters of small business after the man who has done so much to enable small business success.”

About SCORE: 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.

Here is a video the Network Solutions team interview with Ken Yancey during the National Small Business Week

Key Yancey of SCORE on Fox Business mentions the "Unintentional Entrepreneur"

July 14th, 2009 :: Steven Fisher

This morning, CEO of SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives) was on Fox Business on their “Startup Summer” segment and was discussing the economy in general and talked about the concept of the “Unintentional Entrepreneur” and mentioned the new blog by Network Solutions and which just launched that you can check out here.

I like the term “Unintentional Entrepreneur” and while it is a mouthful it is a very accurate thing that occurs during a recession. Many people are laid off and find it difficult to find a new job. They might find themselves either overqualified for the available jobs, suffer from silent discrimination (we can find someone cheaper and younger) or realize they require a massive amount of retraining to be competitive with the current job market.

People may feel that this a place they never wanted to be and they must go out on their own and cobble together projects to pay the bills and keep their skills sharp. I used to call this being an “entrepreneur-by-force” instead of being an “entrepreneur-by-choice” but more and more people find themselves in this position during the current economic downturn.

Some are terrified and are desperate to find a new job while others see this as a wake up call to start the business they have always wanted to start. Remember, recessions are actually the best time to start a business because if you can make it work when things are bad, you can easily grow during the good times. Plus, you can get deals from vendors that you couldn’t get during a booming economy. Don’t forget that in today’s web world, technology costs have plummeted and the tools and resources to get you running are low-cost and incredibly powerful.

So why don’t you watch Ken’s chat with FBN and leave a comment on this new trend.