Startup Basics

Broward SCORE supports South Florida Minorities

Fri, 2014-03-21 01:02

Broward SCORE Participated in South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council’s 29th Annual Business Exposition on March 21st, 2014.

SCORE Volunteers Angelica Love Valentine and George Gremse informed attendees about SCORE services and discussed business counseling and workshop programs.

Smarty Pants Kids

Makya Vandiver-Hawkins
My Location
Prairie View Shopping Center
Eden Prairie MN 55426
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

SPK has been in business since 2010.  Over the years, it has brought  together a large variety of fun, interactive toys and games that provide active, educational alternatives to kids, many of whom often spend too much time watching TV or being by themselves to play games, on a computer, pad or smart phone.  Also, Makya (ma-ki-ya) and her two person staff provide community involvement projects and activities to bring families together and help young kids understand the importance of socialization.

What's Great About My Mentor?

They talked business without fluff or excess sensitivity.

How SCORE Helped

Early on, Makya was referred to SCORE by her accountant to help her think through her concept of starting a retail operation. Her SCORE mentors, Arlan Nissen and Gary See, stressed the importance of developing a business plan and got her thinking about the many details of operating and growing a business, including start up costs, marketing,, pricing, expenses and much more.  She said "They were very helpful, knowledgeable and brutally honest.  One thing I really liked is there's no fluffing or sensitivity.  They talked business".

Starting a Small Business March 27 9 - 1PM



 This workshop covers the basic issues faced when starting a small business, such as business licensing, legal forms, business record keeping, hiring employees, business planning, access to financing, identifying who the market is and developing a marketing plan. 

Instructors: Paul Robinson and Scott Swingle

Live in Fairbanks: UAF Community and Technical College, 604 Barnette, Room 216

Starting a business is not easy.  An entrepreneur needs to understand and express his/her passion. To do so means developing a mission statement and a plan. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Starting a business also requires enthusiasm, energy, and persistence to market your business concepts to suppliers, customers and investors. For an entrepreneur to succeed today, he/she has to be willing to walk through walls.


Man and WomanWhen an entrepreneur thinks about starting a business, there are two distinct concepts critical to success:


Passion was described best by Steve Jobs -

About the Author

Bert Shlensky HeadshotBert Shlensky​ is an expert in Internet Marketing and apparel. Very Knowledgeable in Executing Import and Export Business. Years of experience in integrating strategy and logistics. Over 30 years of executive experience as a results-driven executive leader in the textile, apparel and internet marketing fields. Strong track record of achieving growth and operating profitability in start-up, internet and turnaround businesses. Most recently I initiated several entrepreneurial startup businesses selling home furnishings on the Internet which achieved sales within 6-10 months of their funding and had a major internet component. These programs were all based on combining Chinese production, internet marketing, SEO, PPC, social media and innovative logistics to market high-quality home furnishings to consumers.

Cash Flow Template in Excel 

Short Business Plan Template in Word

Advice for Jewelry Designer Trying to Expand

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:46

Question: I design custom jewelry. I have had several home-based parties and sold $3,000 to $5,000 worth of cuffs, earrings, and rings at each. I work with a local silversmith who does fabulous work, but he is limited in the number of pieces he can produce because each design is handcrafted. I would like to expand my business to a broader audience, but I need advice on how to increase production and sales.

US citizenship and residency are not requirements for starting a business in the United States of America. The process for starting a business in the US is nearly the same process that a US citizen would go through. Below, you’ll find steps to get started:

Global MapBelow, you’ll find steps to get started:

Register with the state

About the Author

Drake Forester-HeadshotDrake Forester is the chief legal strategist at Northwest Registered Agent, LLC. He specializes in translating business compliance, registered agent, and tax complexities into language you can understand.

Protect Your Intellectual Property with Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights


This free online business workshop will help you: identify ways to protect intellectual property in your company through patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Determing Your Company's Legal Structure


Determining Your Company's Legal Structure


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