|AIG Supports Women’s Entrepreneurship with $1.1 Million Donation to Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence|
“We know from our work all over the world that women are critical to both economic and social development, and that support for women's entrepreneurship is an effective and sustainable mechanism to improve the quality of life in communities across the globe.” said Ned Cloonan, vice president of international and corporate affairs, AIG. “Our investment in Count Me In focuses on the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in the United States. We are proud to partner with Count Me In and join OPEN from American Express to help women access the capital and resources they need to grow their businesses.”
"I am proud to join Count Me In, OPEN from American Express and all of the sponsors in celebrating AIG's commitment of $1.1 million to the Count Me In loan fund, for education and training programs and for the Make Mine a $Million Business competition," said Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. "I was glad to have been able to introduce AIG and Count Me In to one another -- because this is so worthy a cause, it is hard not to say, 'count me in'.”
AIG is also adding an important new dimension to the Make Mine a $Million Business program by providing awardees with customized small business insurance and financial planning services; direct access to expert counselors from AIG partner Work and Family Benefits, Inc., who will advise on work/life issues to help awardees manage family responsibilities (i.e. child and elder care) while growing their high-potential businesses; and a Pitney Bowes Stamp Expressions printer.
“AIG recognizes the challenges women face building a business and we are delighted that they are the newest member in the constellation of corporate partners to join OPEN and Count Me In in supporting women entrepreneurs,” said Susan Sobbott, president, OPEN from American Express. “This partnership is great example of how the Make Mine a $Million Business movement is resonating with corporate America in support of women business owners across the country.”
“Women business owners are leading the way in building companies and creating jobs,” said Nell Merlino, founder and chief executive officer, Count Me In. “AIG joining the Make Mine a $Million Business movement will help protect women against personal and professional challenges that occur when they are growing a successful business.”
American International Group, Inc. (AIG), world leaders in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. For more information please visit www.aig.com.
Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of on-line business loans and resources for women to grow their micro businesses into $million enterprises. Find us at www.countmein.org or call 212-245-1245.
About OPEN from American Express®
OPEN® is the American Express team dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners and their companies. The OPEN Team supports business owners with unparalleled service. With tailored products and services, the team delivers purchasing power, flexibility, control and rewards to help customers run their business. Specifically, business owner customers can leverage an enhanced set of products, tools, services and savings, including charge and credit cards, convenient access to working capital, robust online account management capabilities and savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners. To obtain more information about OPENSM, visit OPEN.com, or call 1-800-NOW-OPEN to apply for a card or loan. Terms and conditions apply.
American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.
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