CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Will Provide Access To Score Counselors. Alliance Gives Small Business Owners Wider Range of Authoritative Information, Support

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., December 15, 1998) – CCH INCORPORATED today announced that its CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Internet site will expand its small business Internet service offerings through a national alliance with the SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives). As a result of the alliance, CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit will provide users with access to SCORE’s highly regarded business counselors from CCH’s popular web site (www.toolkit.cch.com).

The agreement allows both CCH Business Owner’s Tookit, a respected online resource for starting, running and growing a small business, and SCORE to increase both the range of content and services offered to small businesses in the United States.

In addition, CCH will make available to visitors of the SCORE web site (www.score.org) current, expert articles about all aspects of running a small business. Written by the same small business experts responsible for the award-winning CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Internet site and acclaimed small business book series, these articles will provide easy-to-understand answers to difficult questions in the areas of general management, human resources, taxation, accounting and legal matters.

Visitors to the CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit web site also will be provided with e-mail access to the wisdom of SCORE’s business counselors. These experienced counselors help entrepreneurs make decisions based on new business climates and business regulations.

"Both CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit and SCORE have established themselves as leading resources for small businesses and share a common commitment to ensuring entrepreneurs have access to the authoritative and practical information they need to run their businesses effectively," said Martin Bush, JD, CPA, publisher, CCH’s Small Office/Home Office unit. "Working together we can continue to increase the value we offer to the small business community."

The SCORE Association was formed in 1964 as a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. More than 12,000 volunteers provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has assisted nearly 4 million Americans with small business counseling.

The CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit online site includes more than 4,000 documents and interactive tools, making it one of the most complete sites on the Web for small business owners. The company’s small business book series includes the just-released CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit Tax Guide 1999, Small Business Financing -- How and Where to Get It and Launching Your First Small Business -- Make the Right Decisions During Your First 90 Days.

About CCH INCORPORATED

CCH INCORPORATED, headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill., was founded in 1913 and has served four generations of business professionals and their clients. The company produces more than 700 electronic and print products for the tax, legal, securities, human resources, health care and small business markets. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S.

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