SCORE in the News

The Early Days of Starting a Business are Tough, but There are Ways to Make it Easier

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Fri, 2014-04-25 13:15

Deciding to start your own business is a difficult decision. No matter the background you're leaving—whether fresh out of college or leaving a job you've had for years at an established business—you are uprooting yourself out of your comfort zone and transplanting yourself in a potential mine field.

You, Inc.: The Leap Into Self-Employment

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Thu, 2014-05-01 13:12

After working for someone else, self-employment can be an exhilarating change. But it’s also fraught with potential pitfalls, including the possibility of running out of money before your new venture even gets off the ground.

"The more planning you can do beforehand, the more you’ll increase your chances of growth and success," says Raj Tumber, a Las Vegas–based small-business advisor with SCORE, a nonprofit organization that provides guidance to entrepreneurs.

3 Ways to Stay on Top of Small Business Technology

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Wed, 2014-04-30 13:04

Smaller business enterprise owners know that swiftly altering technologies offer good potential for profit. But with countless technologies offerings and few clear strategies to weed out gems from the fads, it is easy to get overwhelmed.

SCORE: Lifelong Learning Leads to Small Business Success

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Wed, 2014-04-30 12:51

President Harry Truman once said, “The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.” In other words, we should never stop trying to discover something new, whether it’s information to make a decision or an improvement in the way we do things.

Local Small-Business Owners Thank the Mentors Who Taught Them the SCORE

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Thu, 2014-04-24 11:19

They can chuckle about it now.

But a couple of years ago, when their small businesses were in jeopardy, their lack of basic business knowledge was no laughing matter.

Fortunately for them, they found SCORE Lancaster, a source of free, expert mentoring and instruction that turned their businesses around.

“Instead of losses, now I have a self-sustainable organization,” said Maryanne O’Neill, executive director of Mom’s House of Lancaster.

How to Choose the Right Technology for Your Small Business

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Tue, 2014-04-22 11:41

As a small business, choosing which types of technologies to adopt can be tough. Not only are there so many types of technologies from which to choose, but making the wrong decision can result in additional problems instead of fixing those the technology was designed to solve. Moreover, new technologies are rapidly becoming available, making it even more difficult to determine which are worth the investment.

Ask SCORE: Focus on Cultivating Customer Loyalty

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Mon, 2014-04-21 10:56

Every successful sports team has a “go-to” player, someone who can be counted on to perform and deliver whatever is needed in specific situations.

As a small-business owner, you want your firm to be a “go-to” resource for your customers, the place they’ll turn to whenever they need a certain product or service, regardless of other options that may be available.

SCORE's Work in O.C. Earns National Honor

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Tue, 2014-04-22 10:53

The Orange County chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit that provides free business advice to entrepreneurs, has been named National Chapter of the Year by the Small Business Administration. It’s the organization’s fourth win.

“This honor reflects the unwavering dedication of over 100 chapter volunteers who spent thousands of hours with entrepreneurs listening, mentoring, teaching and coaching,” said Larry Tucker, chapter chairman of Orange County’s SCORE, in a statement.

Small Businesses SCORE Big

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Fri, 2014-04-18 10:28

If it wasn't for the encouragement of a few retired business mentors, the Great Display Company in Bloomington may not have grown to where it is today.

Aaron Hambleton and Jacob Duquenne wanted to start a printing business and approached the Central Illinois SCORE chapter for help about four years ago.

SCORE Opening New Doors

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Thu, 2014-04-17 10:27

Establishing a private practice has been Renee Keller’s dream for the past 18 years.  When she decided to start formulating a plan to accomplish her goal, she only had lots of notes, pictures and ideas but no clue on the next step.

Keller, a licensed psychotherapist, certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy and an educator, is the founder of Mosaic Unlimited, Inc., a psychotherapy based practice in Glen Carbon that specializes in treating trauma. 

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