Youth Entrepreneurship

Job growth has been gaining in the private sector for 39 consecutive months. How is that growth is happening? SCORE and Zipcar have put together this infographic to explain exactly how employment and hiring have grown after the recession. Learn how and why businesses are filling new jobs. Find out where companies are looking for quality candidates. Learn the role social media is playing during the hiring process.
Download the 2013 Small Business Employment and Hiring infographic now!


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Zipcar for BusinessZipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. Learn more at

The Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA) is a loose network of business professionals, technical assistance providers, lenders, and community development organizations that provide services to entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers in Central Massachusetts. Each month, representatives meet to collaborate and update each other on upcoming events. Current WBRA member organizations are outlined for the convenience of prospective clients at

The latest update of upcoming WBRA business events is found at

Steve Strauss, founder of, tells why the "reply all" option on your email may be dangerous and how to use it carefully.

Steve Strauss headshot After going back and forth trying to get an answer about a potential big gig from a very busy guy named James, a good friend of mine decided he needed some help. So he tried to shoot me an email, wanting my feedback as to what he should do next.

But instead of forwarding his correspondence with James to me, my friend mistakenly hit the dreaded “reply all” button:

About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: © Steven D. Strauss

Looking to Raise Capital? Exhaust All Your Options - Liz Elam

Wed, 2013-05-29 10:23

YoungEntrepreneur’s Ask the Expert column seeks to answer questions about everything from starting a business to growth strategies.

Q: I want to start a paper recycling business. Where do you recommend I look for capital to start on a small scale?

A: Funding is a big question for anyone starting a business, as you have a lot of decisions to make.

Zoom Errands Creates Business Plan With SCORE Mentor

Michael Weisman wanted to challenge himself. As he puts it, he wanted to work "Rocky Balboa" style to become a self-made individual. Michael was working in business management when he realized the ultimate challenge was to start and succeed at his own small business.

He began brainstorming with business partner Julio Ramirez about a business that they could start with no product or overhead, and provided a vital service to the Los Angeles community. They came up with an idea to start a business for clients with busy lives that needed errands done such as dog walking, grocery runs, house sitting, etc. This is when Zoom Errands was born.

Michael Weisman
My Location
10850 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 350
Los Angeles CA 90024
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

Zoom Errands is a true nothing to something success story. Michael and his business partner started Zoom Errands with an idea, and not much else. They worked tirelessly with their SCORE mentor to trailblaze a new type of business that hadn't been fully explored.

Three years later Zoom Errands is expanding beyond their initial goals. In June 2013 Zoom Errands will open a second location in Orange County and will be unveiling their new brand, Zoom Medical, that will focus their services in the healthcare world. Their clients have ranged from celebrities to a scientist in Antarctica. Michael hopes one day to get clients using their services from the space station.

What's Great About My Mentor?

If Michael Weisman sees himself as Rocky Balboa then Don Donner is his Mickey. Don's greatest asset to Zoom Errands was his experience. He provided Michael and Julio with guidance as they began working on getting Zoom Errands off the ground. Their business was a concept that didn't have a proven business model to copy and that led them to rely on Don Donner's skills in the business world.

As Michael and Zoom Errands focused on the right now, it was Don that kept looking months and years ahead. He helped Zoom Errands plan not only for tomorrow, but for the years to come. Now with the help of Don, Michael says, "I see the light at the end of the tunnel". A light that has Zoom Errands expanding nationwide and into new fields of business.

How SCORE Helped

Zoom Errands is a unique business that had to be built from the ground up. Don Donner and SCORE helped with all stages of development and continue to be a key cog in Zoom Errands' plans going forward. Michael worked with SCORE in the beginning of the business on creating a business plan, marketing, joining associations, and time management. As the business began to grow, Michael and Zoom Errands not only met their goals, but surpassed them in many instances.

Oh, how we all wish we knew the secrets to getting your business’s website to the top of search engine results. Yes, you can pay for the right to be on top, and I’m not saying that isn’t worth trying if your budget allows, but that’s getting ahead of myself. Every entrepreneur has his or her own SEO battle story, and the methods that work for one company don’t always work for another. That said, here are some guidelines to get you started:


By Rieva Lesonsky

Oh, how we all wish we knew the secrets to getting your business’s website to the top of search engine results. Yes, you can pay for the right to be on top, and I’m not saying that isn’t worth trying if your budget allows, but that’s getting ahead of myself. Every entrepreneur has his or her own SEO battle story, and the methods that work for one company don’t always work for another. That said, here are some guidelines to get you started:

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Rieva Lesonsky headshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at and visit her blog at

Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

3 Tips for Newbie Entrepreneurs on Starting a Business - Liz Elam

Tue, 2013-05-14 15:09

"1. Write a business plan.
Some say you don’t need a business plan. I disagree. Instead, I highly recommend writing one.

When I hit some roadblocks writing my business plan, I turned to SCORE, a national organization of retired executives. Because of their experience, they were able to answer questions and help with projections. Three years later, I still utilize SCORE and reach out to them when I have issues."


Whether you are a newly minted entrepreneur or you’re a business that has been around for a dozen years, a critical element for small business success means knowing your numbers. Sponsored by Visa, This e-guide is designed to help you better understand what figures and accounting principles are important for your business. It also looks at different accounting software programs for your company and when is the right time to hire someone to keep your business growing.

Five Important Benefits

With improved knowledge of your company’s financial situation come numerous benefits for you as the owner. Here are five important benefits that come from being financially savvy about your business.

       I have a business that sells equestrian supplies both retail and online. I’d like to begin using social media as a marketing tool, but I’m clueless as to how to begin. How do I go about developing a social media strategy?



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       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

In the era of information overload, consumers are bombarded with thousands of marketing messages every day. A logo on a T-shirt, a radio ad, or a TV commercial may not stay in a consumer’s mind very long because the next wave of advertising messages is a few seconds away.

Consumers have adapted to ignore newspaper ads, and they instinctively change the radio station when their music is interrupted by local promotions. The change in the way consumers react to marketing messages has forced brands to reconsider using traditional media.

By Chuck Cohn

About the Author

Chuck Cohn is the Founder and CEO of Varsity Tutors, a tutoring company with 1,900 tutors that provides services including ACT tutoring in 19 metro areas. In 2007, while he was a student at Washington University in St. Louis, Cohn recognized that two of his best friends would make perfect tutors: they were brilliant, friendly, and could explain difficult concepts better than any tutor he had ever had. Cohn founded Varsity Tutors and hired his two brilliant friends as the first two tutors. The feedback he received from parents was outstanding and so he began hiring other extremely talented individuals who had the communication and technical skills necessary to be amazing tutors.

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