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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Startup Financing

  • Podcast: Alternative Financing The SCORE Small Business Success Podcast features interviews with the best and Listen Now: Download Audio document.addEventListener("
  • 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
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    Startup Basics

  • LIVE Webinar 9/9: How to Really Start Your Own Business Experts from SCORE will share starting success secrets, including focusing your business idea and
  • Expert Tips for Non-Profits Learn the Basics - Tips for Non-Profits Many people find that the best outlet for their Q: How is the process of starting a non-profit similar to that for starting a small
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    Success Stories

  • Congratulations to SCORE’s 2014 Award Winners We would like to say congratulations to our 2014 SCORE Awards Winners! Congratulations on
  • Smiles To You Marketing Case Study: Smiles To You SCORE and MassMutual know how important it   Smiles To You Owner Kathie Fitchett Reynolds ​​ Location Newport News, VA
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    How-to Guides

  • LIVE Webinar 9/4: How to Become Your Own Boss Are you unhappy with your soul-sapping job? Have you always wanted to be your own boss? Don
  • 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
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    Franchising

  • Is Your Business Ready to Franchise? Is your small business running like clockwork? Do customers from outside your local area ask when
  • Podcast: Franchising The SCORE Small Business Success Podcast features interviews with the best and brightest in the Listen Now: Download Audio document.addEventListener("
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    How to Incorporate

  • 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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    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
  • Guide to Sample Business Plans and Templates Starting or expanding a business? Looking for small business loans, venture capital, angel But why start from scratch if you don’t have to? By using a sample business plan, business
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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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    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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