Starting a Business
What makes a small business owner successful? Entrepreneurs that survive and thrive share commonalities. They seem to be cut from the same mold. Each excels at certain areas while utilizing similar tools. This month’s SCORE infographic sponsored by Zipcar looks at what makes a successful entrepreneur. Download this infographic to learn more about what experience is most helpful, who successful small business owners turn to, and why these entrepreneurs always seem to be a step ahead.
This informative presentation is conducted by a leader in the franchise world, Martha O’Gorman, Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Tax Service.
O’Gorman has grown the Liberty brand to over 4500 locations in the last 16 years through use of innovative marketing techniques. In this presentation she will discuss the value of a brand, why a brand is important to a business success and how franchising takes the guess work out of starting a new business.
A life in business doesn’t always end with retirement. In Texas and across the U.S., thousands of successful retired men and women are using the skills and knowledge accrued in their careers to help others get started in the business world.
The Dallas SCORE office, opened in 1965, has 50 volunteers with backgrounds in accounting, finance, marketing, franchising, real estate and social media.
This is a simple three page outline of what should go into a Business Plan. There are many templates on the internet, plus, when you use PC software, like Business Plan PRO, the software contains tutorials, examples and Help resources. This is an outline used in a Business Planning Center to get SCORE clients started thinking about the data they need to draft a plan. It might be helpful to novice in writing plans.
When Nancy Burkhart, 69, graduated in 1966 from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, she “wanted to save the world," she recalled. And today, with the help of her daughter Jessica Arellano, 36, she feels as if she is doing that, in her own way. The two own and operate Earth Safe Finishes, a nontoxic paint and finishes company based in Moorpark, Calif., that they founded in 2007.
Seniors in record numbers are facing the need to downsize, move into an assisted living facility, or sort through the possessions of deceased spouse. Boomers may need to free up space, move, or help elderly parents relocate from the family home. It’s a large task, made more difficult by time constraints, work demands, or distance. Professional organizers and Senior Move Managers® are businesses that have emerged to help people deal with their stuff.
Read Mike Cote’s column in the Union Leader about Lise’s business.
No matter the small business, each entrepreneur faces one similar issue: Pricing. Are you out pricing your customers? Are you under pricing yourself? Is the difference between a year in the red or the black as simple as your price tag? This month SCORE helps you find the answers to these questions.
Few people are better qualified to discuss this issue than Ann Logue, who spent 12 years as a financial market analyst before turning her talents to writing. She also shares her expertise as a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and MBA students about corporation finance and international financial markets. Ann will go over the finer points of pricing to help you maximize your pricing for profitability.
Pricing is something that all small businesses wrestle with, particularly those just getting started. What are the fundamentals for determining the ideal price for a product or service?
Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains the concept of supplier financing and how it can be used to start a business on a tight budget.
Q: Hey Steve, I would like to start a business but I don’t have a lot of money. Also, my credit is not great. Would you know of any other ways I could start given my situation?
Managing a business - and keeping track of numerous employment laws - is a major challenge in today's sea of regulations. According to the report, "Small Business Problems & Priorities", compiled by the National Federation of Independent Businesses Research Foundation., the federal government alone proposes approximately 150 new rules every year that cost business owners over $100 million per rule in compliance costs. To successfully navigate the currents of law, employers need to be alert to the laws and regulations specifically related to their businesses. Learn more in this e-guide, sponsored by Paychex.
Al and Christy Kroell are a story of bravery and commitment to community and the American dream.
The Squaw Valley couple suffered serious injuries in separate accidents that required years of rehabilitation. But they found the courage and ambition to start a business and succeed.
They jump-started a business called ChristyAl Plaques & Engraving with the help of the local Small Business Administration SCORE chapter.