Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 6, 2000

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U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Management Services Launch Small Business Online Resource at
www.partneramerica.com

Unique Small Business Initiative, Partner AmericaTM, Public-Private Partnership between U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Management Services Launch New Web site

Washington, DC — The United States Conference of Mayors (the Conference) and American Management Services, Inc. announced today the launch of their Partner AmericaTM Web site, www.partneramerica.com. Designed to provide small businesses with online access to technical management expertise, federal small business programs and procurement opportunities, the Web site is a comprehensive small business resource.

The Conference's Executive Director, J. Thomas Cochran stated, "Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. We created this program with American Management to equip Mayors with new initiatives designed to strengthen the local economy, bring federal resources to the local areas, increase the tax base, and create a vital and sustainable business community. This program will contribute significantly to the stability and health of the nation's economy, and the online access allows us to extend these services to our communities and beyond."

The Web site provides extensive information about the Partner AmericaTM program, its partners, the federal supporting agencies, links to their Web sites, and current small business statistics. Businesses are also able to request American Management Services' assistance online,

making it a user-friendly program to the small business owner, whose time is invaluable and often consumed by running the business.

American Management's Chairman and CEO, George A. Cloutier stated, "If a business owner is committed to making their business successful and realizing increased profits, Partner AmericaTM is an excellent resource. We have helped more than 5,000 small businesses on the East Coast since 1986 and in the next eighteen months our program will be available to cities across the nation. Our role is to help businesses achieve all the profits they deserve and take advantage of the billions of dollars of federal resources earmarked for small business."

In conjunction with www.partneramerica.com, Partner AmericaTM, the Conference, American Management Services, Inc. and local Mayors will aggressively advocate for small business development and growth. American Management will provide its implementation-based profit improvement programs to interested firms and facilitate participation in federal resource and private capital access programs determined appropriate for the business.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

Partner America™
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 www.partneramerica.com.

U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)
The USCM 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 www.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 at www.amserv.com.

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