Published May. 13, 2013
The right franchise can pave the way to the entrepreneurial lifestyle, without some of the hassles. Read this guide to find out what's the best fit for you.
By Eileen Zimmerman
There’s more than one way start a business. Many immigrants find their path to entrepreneurship through a franchise, rather than starting from scratch. The word conjures images of MacDonald’s and Jiffy Lube, but there are a wide variety of franchised businesses in the U.S. in a host of industries.
Before members and invited guests, Hagerstown’s SCORE chapter celebrated Small Business Month and the selection of its clients of the year at the April 26 awards luncheon at Always Ron’s in Hagerstown.
This year’s award winners were selected by the chapter’s board of directors from among more than 300 applicants mentored by the local organization.
Chosen as startup client of the year was Toni Ogden, owner/operator of Sour Sentiments, an online retail outlet offering a unique line of gifts, greeting cards and novelties.
Published May. 3, 2013
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’m done.' I had said it more than a few times. My 20-year career as a professional architectural photographer in Boston and Atlanta had been a long, slow fizzle. The question, 'What next?' had been in the back of my mind for some time as I endured the changes and diminishing income in my chosen profession. As a self-employed person with an entrepreneurial spirit, I wasn’t afraid of a challenge and, being in my 50s, I was too young to retire.
Nancy Lambert felt the urge to put her fashion skills to work a few years ago, but the former paralegal and alterations entrepreneur needed encouragement as well as business advice, so she turned to non-profit business consultants SCORE.
Published May. 1, 2013
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?
A longtime Quad-City favorite is back on the grocery shelves to be sampled by a new generation of Mexican food fans.
Navarro’s Original Taco Filling was marketed by Tony and Rita Navarro of Davenport. The frozen product was sold in area grocery stores for many years, beginning in 1982.
Victoria said she received assistance from SCORE which helped her get re-established.
Wonder Works has garnered its share of attention over the years, winning several awards and consistently getting involved in the community.
Now SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide, is recognizing the company as it's Small "For Profit" Business of the Year.
Published Apr. 25, 2013
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
Published Apr. 25, 2013
Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, offers advice for improving your personal and business credit ratings.
Q: I own a one-person business. The business’ credit is my credit and vice versa. I have never incorporated, although I do have a business checking account. My problem is that I never can get any extra capital because I personally filed bankruptcy 11 years ago and it still shows up on my credit report. So what does a guy like me do?