Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ernst & Young LLP Wins SCORE Award for Corporate Small Business Advocate of the Year

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" honors Ernst & Young LLP for its long-standing and deep commitment to supporting and celebrating start-up companies as they create new opportunities in their communities. James Turley, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young LLP, will accept the SCORE Award for Corporate Small Business Advocate of the Year at the inaugural SCORE Awards and black-tie gala, which will be held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 17.

Ernst & Young LLP focuses its efforts on three key areas that are aligned with its business strategy and crucial to improving and expanding market economies.

Entrepreneurship -- supporting and celebrating start-up companies as they create new jobs and local opportunities

Education -- developing skills and broadening access to make sure the next generation of business owners has the skills it needs to make a positive impact

Environmental sustainability -- minimizing the impact on the environment

Ernst &Young LLP has supported SCORE during the past three years by providing financial support to the programs and resources used by SCORE volunteers to mentor clients every day. In addition, John Carden, former vice chair at Ernst & Young LLP, serves on the SCORE Board of Directors, lending his expertise and experience to helping grow the organization.

"For years, Ernst & Young has strived to help businesses achieve their potential through the services we provide and we are honored to accept the SCORE award," noted James S. Turley, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young LLP. "As the global economy struggles to regain momentum, it will be the entrepreneurial spirit that leads the way to recovery. For more than two decades, through our Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(R) program, we've been shining a spotlight on business owners who have become role models for innovation and inspiration. We will continue to support entrepreneurs around the world because we recognize their vital contribution to the economy and society overall."

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, "Ernst & Young LLP has a tremendous impact through its support of the success of small businesses across America, especially during a time of economic adversity. SCORE salutes Ernst & Young for their entrepreneurial advocacy and ongoing support of SCORE." Yancey adds, "Entrepreneurs can use a mentor to help them through tough times. Ernst & Young helps SCORE's volunteer mentors make a difference in the lives of everyday entrepreneurs."

About Ernst and Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

About Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Markets Practice

Ernst & Young LLP's Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multi-disciplinary team of elite professionals provides perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. Ernst & Young is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, visit us at

About The SCORE Foundation: The mission of The SCORE Foundation is to support and leverage the work of SCORE by soliciting, investing and managing resources for the benefit of SCORE. Learn more about The SCORE Foundation at

About SCORE: Since 1964, SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" has helped more than 8.4 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 11,200 volunteer business counselors in 370 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur 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. Visit SCORE on the Web at and

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