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HP receives this award for their outstanding corporate philanthropic support of SCORE mentoring and services nationwide. The PDQ Award is named in honor of the company owned by one of SCORE’s most avid supporters and advocates—The PDQ Careers Group of Companies and its CEO and founder, Patty DeDominic.

DeDominic is a past SCORE board director, past The SCORE Foundation board chair and a major advocate of SCORE and small business. Through her personal, corporate and in-kind support at the local and national levels of SCORE, PDQ truly exemplifies SCORE’s spirit of outstanding corporate philanthropy. The first two recipients of the PDQ Award were The Company Corporation in 2004 and Image Direct in 2006.

HP is an advocate for small business and entrepreneurship in America. Since 2003, HP has been a longstanding SCORE alliance partner, starting with its sponsorship of Business Matchmaking each year. The relationship with SCORE has grown to include:

•Sponsorship of the Technology for Your Business section of the SCORE Web site •Regional workshops on disaster preparation and planning, which have reached more than 2,000 businesses •Sponsorship of Ask SCORE Online Counseling, which provides advice and mentoring to entrepreneurs by email

In addition, HP is sponsoring the SCORE National Leadership Conference this year.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “HP provides outstanding leadership and corporate philanthropy in support of small business mentoring and training through SCORE.” Yancey adds, “HP has been integral to SCORE’s effort to expand its mission of serving small businesses across America and building the economic strength of local communities.”

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 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 www.score.org or www.score.org/women.

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