WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to mentoring small business owners, will offer a free online training event for small business owners on Thursday, May 26 from 12 pm - 5 pm ET. Sponsored by Verisign, a global leader in domain names, the Power Up Your Small Business virtual conference will be led by small business experts from across the U.S., and will provide training on starting, marketing, and funding a small business.

Featuring a keynote speech by best-selling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman and informative sessions by Simon Mahler, Rieva Lesonsky, Ramon Ray, Brian Moran, Palo Alto Software, OnDeck and more - this first ever SCORE virtual conference promises to be a hit with small business mentors and clients alike.
Participants are invited to attend educational sessions with live Q&A, to network in the virtual lounge, and to take home free resources designed to improve the success of their small business. 

Featured education sessions will include:

Keynote Address by Erik Qualman, best-selling author and motivational speaker
How To Get Noticed Online by Ramon Ray, best-selling author and publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine
The Best New Business Ideas by Rieva Lesonsky, CEO and founder of GrowBiz Media
Jump Start Your Business with Social Media by Brian Moran, founder of Small Business Edge
Startup 101: What You Need to Start Your Business by Simon Mahler, SCORE mentor
What You Need to Know About Business Plans by Peter Thorsson and Josh Fegles, Palo Alto Software
Reboot Your Website by Justin Leedy, Web.com
How to Get Access to Capital by Ty Kiisel, OnDeck
Lending Alphabet Soup: How to Make Sense of it All by Brock Blake, CEO of Lendio
Understanding Your Numbers (P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow) and How to Use the Information in Decision Making by Michael Mobley, managing partner of Impetus Solutions LLC

"This is a world-class gathering of small business experts who will share real, effective growth strategies that entrepreneurs can implement immediately," said SCORE Foundation President David R. Bobbitt. "We are excited to offer this first-ever SCORE virtual conference for free. When I was running my own business, I paid a great deal more for a great deal less."