Veterans, Guards, Reservists

11 Tangible Ways Entrepreneurs Can Help Veterans - Holly Magister

Date
Thu, 2013-11-14 13:42

There are approximately 22 Million U.S. Military Veterans and another 2.3 Million Active and Reserve Military Personnel to thank this Veterans Day and while this may feel like an overwhelming task, I believe entrepreneurs are positioned uniquely to make a real difference today by going beyond raising the American flag and doing something tangible to help Veterans.

SCORE and the Walmart Foundation Equip U.S. Military Veterans with Tools to Start Successful Enterprises

Date
Wed, 2013-11-13 13:20

Non-profits host full day event to engage, inform, and excite veterans and their family members thinking about starting a business

Veterans and their spouses can complete this voucher for $125.00 to cover  the cost of Simple Steps for Starting Your Business combined with the workshop Essentials for Starting a New Business.

 Ask SCORE

       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my time?

About the Author

       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
merrimackvalley.score.org 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.

The holiday season is upon us and with it the frenzy and joy of holiday profits.

According to eMarketer, U.S. retail ecommerce sales will grow more than 15 percent this year to $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion in the 2012 holiday season and $46.6 billion in the 2011 holiday season. Are you ready to take your share? Or more important, is your website ready?

The holiday season is upon us and with it the frenzy and joy of holiday profits. According to eMarketer, U.S. retail ecommerce sales will grow more than 15 percent this year to $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion in the 2012 holiday season and $46.6 billion in the 2011 holiday season. Are you ready to take your share? Or more important, is your website ready? Here are four things to check are in order:

About the Author

Rieva Lesonsky, Co-Founder GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.comRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at twitter.com/rieva and visit her blog at SmallBizDaily.com.

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

       I’ve been approached by a lead generation service. Do they really work, and if not, what other means of generating leads can you suggest?

About the Author

       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 merrimackvalley.score.org 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 info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Today’s business world is highly competitive and changing all the time. And for business owners, that means new ideas for adapting to change and beating the competition are essential to success. 

By Daniel Kehrer
Founder, BizBest.com
 

Today’s business world is highly competitive and changing all the time. And for business owners, that means new ideas for adapting to change and beating the competition are essential to success.

About the Author

Daniel Kehrer headshotDaniel Kehrer, Founder & Managing Director of BizBest Media Corp., is a nationally-known, award-winning expert on small and local business, start-ups, content marketing, entrepreneurship and social media, with an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. Read more of Daniel's tips at www.BizBest.com, follow him at www.twitter.com/140Main and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/danielkehrer.
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Get Started with Importing or Exporting

The world market is no longer just for big business. The smallest mom and pop store can now reach customers internationally as easy as those down the street. Trade has become an essential part of small business.

Deep Sengupta has advised the President on international business. He has shaped the current export reforms for businesses in the United States. Deep learned his trade from the University of Washington and Harvard University. He will answer the burning questions that small businesses have about expanding their business overseas and taking advantage of the booming international market.

Q:

What role do US-based small businesses play in today’s global marketplace?

US-based small businesses play a huge role in the global marketplace. 

About the Author

Deep Sengupta - TCAS Principal at FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services Inc.

Chiradeep (commonly referred to as Deep) is a TCAS Principal at FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services Inc.  Deep is responsible for relationships with international governments, international trade promotion agencies and trade associations. Deep obtained his basic legal training (LL.B) in India and then obtained a Masters in Law-Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Washington - School of Law (2001) in Seattle, WA where he won the Graduate Tax program Merit Scholarship.  Deep has also received executive education on International Trade from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In February 2011, Deep was appointed by the U.S Secretary of Commerce to the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export administration (PECSEA) to advise the Obama administration on its export control reform efforts.

 

Steve Strauss looks at the trend that is dominating the world, Entrepreneurship.

Faithful readers of this column (thank you very much!) know that every year I post a two-part Top Trends in Small Business piece. It is always interesting to see what is coming down the pike, and it is equally interesting to notice how much, and how little, the list changes every year.

BARKS Dog Daycare

Owner/Founder
Rue Reynolds and Toni Reynolds
My Location
180 Thunderbird Drive
Richmond Hill GA 31324
United States
Year Company Formed
2011
What's Great About My Mentor?

Bob is honest, straightforward and conveys a genuine desire to see our business flourish. He was

invaluable in finding shortcomings and offering suggestions for shoring up weaknesses in our business

plan. His philosophy that our plan should answer all questions before they are asked went a long way in

demonstrating to investors that we “did our homework” and gave great thought to mitigating risk.

As the company continues its steady growth, we will continue to seek guidance from Bob and SCORE to

navigate the pitfalls of business growth and expansion.

How SCORE Helped

It took several years of research and a focused business plan to secure the funding required for the

company to commence operations in late 2011. Currently, the company has a client roster numbering

in the hundreds and provides boarding & daycare services to over 450 dogs each month on average.

Our Grooming has also become a very strong revenue stream and continues to grow on par with our

occupancy.

After months of market research and formulation of our business plan we met with SCORE to have a

thorough review. Since we would be using our business plan to secure startup capital we wanted to

make sure we had all the bases covered and that our plan demonstrated that our idea was lucrative,

logical and had provisions for risk mitigation. Our SCORE counselor was able to identify key weaknesses

in our plan that had to be addressed before going forward.

An added benefit of working with SCORE was the broad knowledge base held by their counselors;

regardless of the problem we faced whether it be in marketing, finance or accounting there was usually

a SCORE counselor who could lend aid or at the very least, introduce us to someone who could.

 

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