Read how SCORE helped this retired dancing duo.
Published Oct. 22, 2013
Get Started with Importing or Exporting
The world market is no longer just for big business. The smallest mom and pop store can now reach customers internationally as easy as those down the street. Trade has become an essential part of small business.
Deep Sengupta has advised the President on international business. He has shaped the current export reforms for businesses in the United States. Deep learned his trade from the University of Washington and Harvard University. He will answer the burning questions that small businesses have about expanding their business overseas and taking advantage of the booming international market.
What role do US-based small businesses play in today’s global marketplace?
US-based small businesses play a huge role in the global marketplace.
Published Oct. 18, 2013
Steve Strauss looks at the trend that is dominating the world, Entrepreneurship.
Faithful readers of this column (thank you very much!) know that every year I post a two-part Top Trends in Small Business piece. It is always interesting to see what is coming down the pike, and it is equally interesting to notice how much, and how little, the list changes every year.
Published Oct. 1, 2013
I started my refrigeration repair business six months ago and am now at the point of
needing to interview candidates for my first employee. I’ve never done this before. What tips can
When Nancy Burkhart, 69, graduated in 1966 from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, she “wanted to save the world," she recalled. And today, with the help of her daughter Jessica Arellano, 36, she feels as if she is doing that, in her own way. The two own and operate Earth Safe Finishes, a nontoxic paint and finishes company based in Moorpark, Calif., that they founded in 2007.
Published Sep. 19, 2013
No matter the small business, each entrepreneur faces one similar issue: Pricing. Are you out pricing your customers? Are you under pricing yourself? Is the difference between a year in the red or the black as simple as your price tag? This month SCORE helps you find the answers to these questions.
Few people are better qualified to discuss this issue than Ann Logue, who spent 12 years as a financial market analyst before turning her talents to writing. She also shares her expertise as a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and MBA students about corporation finance and international financial markets. Ann will go over the finer points of pricing to help you maximize your pricing for profitability.
Pricing is something that all small businesses wrestle with, particularly those just getting started. What are the fundamentals for determining the ideal price for a product or service?
Published Aug. 28, 2013
I’ve never been the most organized person, but it’s reached the point where the clutter in
my office is starting to hinder my productivity. How can I get a handle on the paper monster
that’s threatening to consume me?
Published Aug. 18, 2013
I’m currently in the planning stage for a new retail bakery. I’m going to need some funding for equipment, but my personal credit history is a bit spotty. How much is that going to hurt me, and how can I combat it?
Published Jul. 30, 2013
The smartphone is changing how consumers make buying decisions. With just a few taps, you can find a contractor, schedule an appointment, or make a purchase and have it shipped to your house. Mobile commerce is so quick and easy that eMarketer™ predicts that more than 77 percent of all U.S. online shoppers will use a smartphone or tablet to buy at least one item by 2017.
This dramatic growth presents a big opportunity for small businesses that can use this sales and marketing channel to their advantage. Many have already realized the potential: Nearly three-quarters of the businesses surveyed in the 2013 AT&T Small Business Technology Poll are increasing their mobile marketing budgets this year. Mobile is not just for retail shops and restaurants. Professional services firms, medical practices, and other businesses also need to master how to use it.