July 19, 2011

NAMM and SCORE Partner to Provide Small Business Mentoring for Music Products Industry Professionals

Sessions to Provide Solutions for Small Business Challenges

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), has once again partnered with SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" to support NAMM's 3,000+ music products industry small business members with mentoring and information resources at two upcoming NAMM conventions.

During the 2011 Summer NAMM annual convention being held July 21-23 in Nashville, TN, SCORE mentors will be onsite to provide complimentary one-on-one, hour-long business consultations to provide solutions for business challenges and mentoring to help small business owners grow during the economic recovery.

In early 2012, SCORE will be onsite at the NAMM Show, the industry's largest U.S. gathering of music products industry professionals in Anaheim, CA, Jan. 19-22.

"SCORE is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with NAMM at the 2011 Summer NAMM convention in Nashville," said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. "This is a great opportunity for NAMM's small business members to get the mentoring assistance they need to start or grow their businesses."

"More than 70 percent of NAMM's 9,000 Member companies have 10 or fewer employees and thus can be accurately classified as small businesses," said Ken Wilson, director of professional development, NAMM. "NAMM trade shows provide the opportunity for these business owners to learn, grow and receive valuable mentoring from the SCORE executives who have been there before."

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. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans, www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors and www.scorecommunity.org.

About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).