Women Entrepreneurs

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.

SCORE Lauds Top Clients

Tue, 2013-05-07 10:03

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.

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.

Career Shift: When Your Field Has Seen Better Days - Joanne Devereaux

Fri, 2013-05-03 09:21

“'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.

SCORE Helps New Business Owners Soar - Philip Franchine

Thu, 2013-05-02 09:23

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.

       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?



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.

Navarros Return Popular Taco Meat Filling to Q-C Marketplace - Doug Schorpp

Mon, 2013-04-29 09:32

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 Named SCORE Small Business of the Year - Jonathan Allen

Fri, 2013-04-26 11:26

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.

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.

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, offers advice for improving your personal and business credit ratings.

Steve Strauss headshotQ: 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?



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: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

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