Partner America

Helping Small Businesses Grow In Their Communities, Across the Nation

America’s Mayors believe in the integral role small business plays as an economic engine in their local, national, and global communities. Small business drives innovation, provides a major source of employment, and develops a social and cultural center for the communities they serve.

That is why the Mayors came together in 1999 to form Partner America™, a growth and development program designed to revitalize metro areas by helping small business achieve sustained growth and profitability. It is dedicated to the growth of small and midsize business.

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TELEPHONE (202) 446-8140
FAX (202) 293-2352

Dear Business Owner,

Partner America™ is a public-private partnership that was created by The United States Conference of Mayors and American Management Services, Inc (AMS). This program helps small and medium-sized businesses in cities across the nation improve profits and sales through management assistance. Partner America™ is designed to assist Mayors in providing the resources and information small businesses need to thrive within their local communities and global economy.

Because of the program’s success and positive impact on cities, the Partner America™ program has been extended for 20 years, thanks to the dedication of the Conference and the generous support of AMS. Partner America™ focuses on combining the resources and programs offered by local and federal government agencies with the management and technical expertise provided by private enterprise. The program initiated the compilation and publication of Best Small Business Practices, assisted Mayors across the country in hosting small business roundtables and conferences, and helps local companies enjoy sustained growth through increased profits and sales.

In 1999, AMS was selected to administer Partner America™, and is authorized to offer The Business Survey™ to qualified owners. Since the inception of Partner America™, AMS has conducted over 7000 Business Surveys with companies in virtually every business sector, with 70% of these being family owned and operated. The Partner America™ Business Survey has helped AMS to target the specific needs of small business, increase profit, and improve management technique. As the backbone of the national economy, the Conference truly understands why communities need successful small businesses. Mayor’s Small Business events, through Partner America™, spread this message to the businesses that can benefit from this program’s information and expertise.

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,295 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.

The primary roles of The U.S. Conference of Mayors are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy, strengthen federal-city relationships, ensure that federal policy meets urban needs, provide Mayors with leadership and management tools, and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

If you have any questions regarding the Partner America™ program, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Bean, Managing Director, by phone at 202-446-8140 or via his email address.

Tom Cochran
CEO and Executive Director
The United States Conference of Mayors