NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today announced that it has sponsored The SCORE Foundation in the development by SCORE of new educational services focused specifically on entrepreneurs who are starting, operating or managing small businesses in the brick-and-mortar retail, service or restaurant industries. The program and sponsorship align with Kimco’s goals to support its small shop tenant base and to enrich local economies by helping to build and grow small businesses, including veteran, minority and women-owned retailers.
Under this alliance, Kimco will assist SCORE in the creation of educational services benefiting entrepreneurs in the retail, restaurant or service industries. Tenants and prospective tenants who wish to take advantage of the program will have access to a SCORE “concierge service” – a dedicated contact providing tenants an appropriate mentor based on their individual needs and access to SCORE training, counseling and other services that will be available through SCORE’s local chapters throughout the United States or through convenient web-based modules.
“Kimco is thrilled to be working with SCORE to assist small businesses not only in our portfolio, but across the country,” said David Jamieson, Kimco’s Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Operations. “Small shops are part of the fabric of our communities, and it’s vital to local economies that small businesses thrive. We are passionate about doing our part to help.”
“SCORE is teaming up with Kimco so more brick-and-mortar small business owners can have the help they need to find success,” added David Bobbitt, President of The SCORE Foundation and Vice President of Development at SCORE. “We know that small businesses counseled by SCORE mentors have a higher rate of surviving and, indeed, thriving. Brick-and-mortar small business owners face a changing marketplace, yet an experienced SCORE mentor can help them negotiate this new terrain with confidence.”
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the company owned interests in 524 U.S. shopping centers comprising 85 million square feet of leasable space across 34 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE’s 10,000+ volunteer business experts provide 350,000+ free small business mentoring sessions, workshops and educational services to clients in 300+ chapters nationwide. In 2015, SCORE volunteers provided 2.2+ million hours to help create more than 45,000 jobs and 55,000 small businesses.