American Express Sponsored Business Coaches Return for Summer Road Show

Small business owners, already feeling positive in a year of economic recovery, can enjoy a complimentary speed coaching session thanks to a partnership between American Express OPEN and SCORE. Resuming a road tour first started in 2007, the Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive combines half-hour mentoring sessions with group workshops and seminars in cities across the country.

Originally founded in 1964 as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE's volunteer counselors help small business owners gain insight on issues ranging from credit card management to employee recruitment. According to organizers, this year's Test Drive seminars will emphasize content to help entrepreneurs bid on state and federal economic stimulus projects.

"The Speed Coaching events are immensely successful and highly valued by small business owners," said Ken Yancey, SCORE chief executive officer. "We are pleased to have the returning support of American Express OPEN this year as we continue to expand the program and help more small business owners tap the resources they need to thrive." A full list of Test Drive dates and locations can be found on the SCORE website.