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Canon U.S.A. Partners with the SCORE Foundation to Support Small Business Owners Interested in Pursuing Entrepreneurship or Growing Their Existing Business

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 11, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has partnered with the SCORE Foundation, America's premier source of free and confidential small business mentoring and advice, to deliver resources such as custom information and education modules to help small business owners make a smart start. Through its website and social media engagement (#SCOREWithCanon), Canon will work with the SCORE Foundation to promote formation, growth, and success of small business and job creation nationwide through mentoring and educating entrepreneurs.

Small business owners are encouraged to follow the @CanonUSAImaging Twitter handle and the Canon U.S.A. LinkedIn® page through June of this year, to obtain advice from the SCORE Foundation on how to start and grow a business. The SCORE Foundation has over 11,000 volunteer mentors and hosts over 15,000 workshops held nationwide, with a goal to help small businesses get off the ground and on the road to success. To participate in the conversation, small business owners can provide their own tips using the social media hashtag #SCOREWithCanon.

"Today's small business owners are savvy and crave knowledge that will help them build their businesses on a strong foundation," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "They put so much effort into creating and growing their businesses and Canon is thrilled to work with the SCORE Foundation to help provide support and a wealth of resources to help the dreams of small business owners come true."

"The U.S. economy is in a historic upswing. American small business owners are ready to take on new opportunities and mentoring is more important now than in the past," said David R. Bobbitt, president of the SCORE Foundation, "We are honored that Canon has partnered with SCORE to help ensure small business owners have the opportunity and access to resources to put them on the path for success." For more information about Canon's efforts to support small business owners, please visit www.shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/sboresources.

Canon U.S.A. recently launched the MAXIFY series of printers designed to support growing small businesses and home offices. For more information, please visit www.shop.usa.canon.com/MAXIFY.


Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring, workshops and education to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 320 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.


† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.