January 12, 2001
Partner America Chairman Announces "Best Small Business Practices"
George A. Cloutier, Chairman and CEO American Management Services, Inc., recognizes programs at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 69th Annual Winter Meeting
Washington, DC -- Partner America Chairman, George A.
Cloutier, chairman and CEO, American Management Services, Inc. announced the
"best small business practices" at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 69th Annual Winter Meeting. The program is a new component of the US Conference of
Mayors small business initiative to promote the importance of small business to the local and national economy. "Small business is the backbone of our
economy," stated Cloutier, "With over 25 million small businesses in the
U.S., this is an important constituency that must not be overlooked. The
purpose of this directory is to share successful programs that have helped
mayors connect with their small business community in hopes that we will
inspire other cities to implement new or similar programs in their own
Conference President Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles remarked that "We are very
pleased to have such a positive response to this new component of the
Partner America small business/city resource initiative - over three dozen
cities responded." These programs are published in a directory that was
released during Thursday's opening plenary session.
In conjunction with the announcement, two Mayors presented their city's best
small business practices:
- Richmond, CA Mayor Rosemary M. Corbin - Visiting Small Businesses
How visiting small businesses to show that they are appreciated has
contributed to a positive atmosphere of mutual respect resulting in an
improved business retention rate.
- Forth Worth, TX Mayor Kenneth L. Barr - Fort Worth Business Assistance
A one-stop shop has inspired start-ups and encouraged business expansion in
a community that faced the devastating effects of national defense
Programs also recognized, but whose Mayors were not in attendance to
- Orlando, FL Mayor Glenda E. Hood - The Mayor's Business Assistance Team
A program to provide small businesses with accessible, accountable,
efficient and effective service while resolving their needs.
- Philadelphia, PA Mayor John F. Street - City of Philadelphia Department of
Commerce Mayor's Business Action Team (MBAT)
Responsible for the business retention and attraction program for the city
that provides comprehensive business assistance.
List of cities that Contributed to Partner America "Best Small Business
Birmingham, AL, Mobile, AL, Long Beach, CA, Richmond, CA, Denver, CO,
Bridgeport, CT, New Haven, CT, Stamford, CT, Lauderhill, FL, Orlando, FL,
Pembroke Pines, FL, Tampa, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Atlanta, GA
Boise, ID, Arlington Heights, IL, Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, Reno, NV,
Irvington, NJ, Albany, NY, Buffalo, NY, Hempstead, NY, Rochester, NY, Rome,
NY, Akron, OH, Kettering, OH, Toledo, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Caguas, PR,
Forth Worth, TX, Alexandria, VA, Burlington, VT, Bellingham, WA, Redmond, WA
About the Partners
Partner America is a public-private partnership created by the United States
Conference of Mayors and American Management Services to help small and
mid-sized businesses improve profits and sales through management technical
assistance in hundreds of cities, and every state across the nation.
Partner America is the first initiative focused specifically on combining
the resources and programs offered by local and federal government agencies,
with the management expertise provided by private enterprise, to implement
profit-improvement programs for U.S. businesses. Find us at
U.S. Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan
organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, and focuses on
the development and implementation of national urban policies impacting the
sustainable development and growth of cities across the United States. Find
us at usmayors.org.
American Management Services, Inc.
Serving 5,000 small businesses since 1986, American Management is the
leading provider of implementation-based profit improvement services with a
team of professional operating executives who work directly with owners to
implement the changes necessary to improve cash and profits. To date,
American Management Services has already brought over $1 billion in savings
to its clients, forty-percent of which are family-owned businesses. Find us
For Partner America Contact:
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Morris L. Reid