Startup

Starting a new business is both exciting and intimidating; but you have lots of support! Here we provide all the resources you need to determine your business structure, create your business plan, and get the startup financing you need. Included in this section are new startup growth areas such as home-based and green businesses.

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How to Incorporate

  • LIVE Webinar 7/31: FAQ's from Entrepreneurs The Company Corporation talks to thousands of entrepreneurs a month.   Over and over our
  • Should You Hire a Registered Agent or Be Your Own? No matter where you’re starting your business, if you’re forming an LLC or Why states require business entities to have registered agents The registered agent requirement
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    Startup Financing

  • Bank Loan Request for Small Business Readers who do not yet have the advantage of knowing you will judge you by your writing. Pay Executive Summary  ADVENTURE WORKS is a high-end design and remodeling firm with a
  • Understanding Your Business Credit Score How much do you know about your business’s credit score? If the answer is “not much Let’s start with the basics. Your business credit score, sometimes referred to as “
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    Business Ideas

  • 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 The following steps will help you clear your mind and start working toward your new business
  • Hot Demographic Trends: Digital natives, Millennial, Baby Boomers and more Demographic trends are important, because they predict current and emerging buyer behavior. (One In the past it was easier to segment markets because demographic groups were tight. People were
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    Business Plans

  • 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 The following steps will help you clear your mind and start working toward your new business
  • LIVE Webinar 7/24: How to Start a Nonprofit In this one-hour session, you will be guided through the beginning stages of forming a nonprofit
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    Startup Basics

  • Hot Demographic Trends: Digital natives, Millennial, Baby Boomers and more Demographic trends are important, because they predict current and emerging buyer behavior. (One In the past it was easier to segment markets because demographic groups were tight. People were
  • How to Really Start Your Own Business Experts from SCORE will share starting success secrets, including focusing your business idea and
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    How-to Guides

  • How to Hire Employees for Your Startup Employees. You may be the brains of your business, but the people you hire will be your company Employee Records, Withholding, and Eligibility Verification No matter what kind of records you
  • Negotiating Tips for Small Business Success Negotiating is something that every business owner and entrepreneur does on a regular basis. Knowing how to negotiate well is an important part of building a business. It’s a skill
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    Legal Issues

  • Understanding Intellectual Property: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About IP Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most important and valuable assets of a new and growing
  • Fashion Protection - Trademark Basics and Fashion Compliance Do you have a retail or e-commerce store? Do you sell through sites like Etsy®? If so, do you
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    Success Stories

  • Passion and Mentoring Lead Wonder Works to Success Business Leadership Case Study: Wonder Works SCORE and MassMutual know how important Wonder Works Owner/Founder Christine Osborne Location Mt. Pleasant, SC Website www.
  • Bar & Microbrewery Company Grows with Cash Flow and Marketing Advice Business Productivity Case Study: Kombuchick SCORE and MassMutual know how important it is Kombuchick: A Kombucha Bar & Microbrewery Co. Owner/Founder Leslie Crews Location
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    Franchising

  • 5 Detailed Tips to Mastering Franchise SEO and Content Management Branching out and making your business into a franchise is a great way to grow your brand and
  • Five Detailed Tips To Mastering Franchise SEO and Content Management Branching out and making your business into a franchise is a great way to grow your brand and The term “managing SEO” refers to constantly optimizing different websites to rank
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    Green Business

  • Serving the Greater Good with a Triple Bottom Line Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy  Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy  
  • SBA's Improving Energy Use and Efficiency for Small Business Nationally small businesses spend more than $60 billion on energy each year. Small businesses Many projects will require little expense. However, for those that require capital, SBA loan-
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    Naming a Business

  • Naming and Trademarking: Creating Your Brand's First Impression Establish a Name, Protect its Trademark Naming is widely thought to be a purely creative
  • The Difference Between a Trade Name and a Trademark - And Why You Can’t Overlook Either When it comes to starting a business, there’s often some confusion about the process of When it comes to starting a business, there’s often some confusion about the process of
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    Government Contracting

  • How to Register for Government Contracting Here is a basic introduction to the steps necessary to get your business ready for government Register for Government Contracting Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the
  • SCORE Tip of the Week: How to Contract With the Federal Government Steve Feinman of SCORE Michigan offers tips for how to secure federal contracts for your small If you’re selling it, the U.S. government is buying it. In 2012, the federal government
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    Buying a Small Business

  • What to Know Before Buying a Franchise Buying a franchise can be confusing because of the variety of franchise models and the enormous What’s Involved with Owning a Franchise? Owning Your Own Business The American dream of
  • 3 Tips for Buying A Business This brief Q&A provides 3 tips to consider when buying a business.  Should I consider buying a business and how much should I pay for it? Remember that a business
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    Home-Based Business

  • 5 Must-Haves for Successfully Working from Home Many successful startups begin as home-based businesses. Working from home for the first time can
  • 60-Second Guide to Setting Up a Home Office In just 60-seconds, we can get you started on setting up the perfect home office. There’s no place like home, especially when you get to work there too. While others deal
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