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Podcast: Alternative Financing The SCORE Small Business Success Podcast features interviews with the best and brightest in the world of small business, covering topics such as business plans, financing, marketing, human resources, SEO, social media and more. In this podcast, SCORE mentors chat with Bob Melberth
Bank Loan Request for Small Business Readers who do not yet have the advantage of knowing you will judge you by your writing. Pay some attention to what you say and how you say it. What follows is a sample cover letter for a bank loan request. Note how much information is packed into a short letter, and that it 
Understanding Your Business Credit Score How much do you know about your business’s credit score? If the answer is “not much,” you’re not alone – Entrepreneur magazine reports that less than 10% of all business owners understand how their business credit is established. However, if you want to access
Start-Up Expenses Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs, and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. The key to avoiding this pitfall is to adopt a rigorous approach to your research and planning. Our Startup Expenses worksheet will lead you
Often business owners think banks and lenders only compete on the price of checking account services and interest rates, but as a business owner you should expect more from your lender. Here are two ways your lender should help out your business: 1) Your lender should work to educate
Financial Projections Template Download this financial projections Excel template to calculate your startup expenses, payroll costs, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement, balance sheet, breakeven analysis, financial ratios, cost of goods sold, amortization and depreciation for your small business.
Use Financial Management Basics to Help Your Business Succeed Learn the Basics - Financial Management Tips All small businesses have something in common: a need to fully understand financial aspects such as budgets, cash flow, pricing and balance sheets. Otherwise, entrepreneurs may not fully understand what's happening with their business until it
Alternative Lending 101 Over the past several years, banks have largely pulled away from lending to small businesses. They’ve done so primarily because they’re more averse to risk, plus it’s typically not profitable for them to make loans that are less than $250,000. To meet the demand for small
Crowdfunding is the greatest economic opportunity in our lifetime. Economists have predicted the crowdfunding marketplace to grow to $300 billion; some say it can even grow larger.  The Jump Start Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, recent legislation dealing with regulations on investors
SCORE Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Bootstrap Your Startup SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, gives advice for those seeking to start on a business on a budget.

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