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What is the Best New Business for YOU? So you’ve thought of an idea for a new business, but your mind is buzzing with excitement and doubts: Is this idea really new and innovative? Does it take advantage of a trend? Will it make money? How much capital is needed to start? What's the first step for getting
In this one-hour session, you will be guided through the beginning stages of forming a nonprofit. You will discover how to officially form a nonprofit corporation and register with states as a charity, as well as learn a great deal more about obtaining tax-exempt status and fundraising for your
Guide to Sample Business Plans and Templates Starting or expanding a business? Looking for small business loans, venture capital, angel investors or other financial backing?  Then you need a business plan, plain and simple. Every successful startup begins with a sound business plan.
Continuing a trend that’s been going for 12 months strong, America’s startup entrepreneurs are feeling confident about their businesses’ prospects, reports the latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index. In fact, their confidence is at all-time highs. A whopping 91
What are the key milestones in the life of a small business owner? A new study by Manta and Dell asked entrepreneurs about their first steps to startup, their motivations for starting a business and the biggest milestones they’ve experienced on the road to business growth.
Two weeks ago I was asked to be part of a judging panel for a business plan competition at George Washington University. Each of the teams was sharp and impeccably dressed. Each member confidently addressed the audience stating his or her role in marketing, finance or operations. The
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.
50 Small Business Tips for 50 Years of Success: Business Planning Planning for success gives your business a direct roadmap for how to get there. These tips offer advice on specific ways to plan ahead, strategize and avoid pitfalls before they take your enterprise off track. SCORE and MassMutual know how important it is to get good advice. That is why,
Business Planning Strategies for Entrepreneurs 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. Listen to this podcast to hear SCORE mentor Hal Shelton share his
Naming your new business is one of the most important tasks you’ll complete during your startup phase. Spend some time thinking through your naming, since that name is part of the public face that everyone will see and associate with your product or services. Your company name will have

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