Rural Entrepreneurs

Public speaking requires a unique set of skills and talents that most professionals have honed after years of experience.

With the emergence of teleconference and screen sharing technologies, professionals are faced with new communications challenges related to capturing their audience’s attention. Online audiences may be less likely to focus and more likely to multitask, as there is little social pressure to set down their smart phone and pay attention.

Public speaking requires a unique set of skills and talents that most professionals have honed after years of experience. With the emergence of teleconference and screen sharing technologies, professionals are faced with new communications challenges related to capturing their audience’s attention. Online audiences may be less likely to focus and more likely to multitask, as there is little social pressure to set down their smart phone and pay attention.

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StartMeetingsm is a full-featured collaborative communications solution serving a range of businesses, individuals, communities and organizations around the world with reliable, cost-effective and easy-to-use audio and web conferencing. StartMeetingsm also provides an integrated screen sharing option for a complete suite of professional communication tools. StartMeeting'ssm pioneering all-digital network is built on proprietary media servers, using both PSTN (public switched telephone network) and advanced VoIP-based (voice over internet protocol) services to deliver unparalleled, high-quality audio and advanced web conferencing features at the best pricing available.

Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know 
about them?
A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:
  • Liability shield. LLCs provide their owners (called “members”) with a statutory liability shield that is essentially identical to the corporate shield.

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John Cunningham is a N.H. business lawyer whose practice is focused on LLC law and tax. He chaired the N.H. Business and Industry Association committee that drafted the Revised New Hampshire Limited Liability Company Act, a radical revision of New Hampshire LLC law that went into effect on January 1st. LLCs are, by a wide margin, the entities of choice for N.H. business start-ups.

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       I’ve recently taken my business plan for a new and innovative consumer product to several banks seeking funding, but have had no success. What are some other financing options that might be available to me?

 

 

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       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

This paper will outline ways to stay ahead on your business accounting and financial paperwork. These simple weekly steps will save you major at tax preparation time as well as providing useful ongoing operational financial information to guide your business decisions.

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30+ years of retail experience with two Big Box corporations, managing numerous multi million retail outlets within New Hampshire. Experience included meeting or exceeding operational goals, profit, expense control, and customer experience.

 

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       My partner and I have been running our laser engraving business ourselves for the past two years. We’ve reached the point now where we’re both completely maxed out, so we’re considering hiring at least one employee. Where do we start  Read more.....

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

       Running my commercial printing business is more than a full-time job, and I often feel like I’m out of touch with what’s happening outside the business. How can I keep current on business- and industry-related developments in an efficient manner?  Read more.....

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Through the Years, SCORE Has Helped Small Businesses Thrive - Pamela Manson

Date
Thu, 2012-11-29 11:30

With its friendly atmosphere and large array of goods, Blazing Needles in Sugar House is typically filled with customers. And thanks to the help of SCORE, a nonprofit association that for years has paired small businesses with mentors, the knitting shop’s clientele may increase even more.

Owner Cynthia Mills has been working with Ron Baron, an experienced business executive who’s providing guidance on how to grow her enterprise. After just one meeting, his input already has made a difference, according to Mills.

New Deli Sells Tastes of Polish Heritage - George Nelson

Date
Wed, 2012-11-28 10:01

Marta Mazur, a native of Gdynia, Poland, moved to the United States in 1981 and previously lived on the East Coast, where there are "tons of little ethnic stores, especially the Polish delis, and I missed that when I moved to the Youngstown area," she said. Mazur now lives, appropriately enough, in Poland, the Valley suburb -- and after driving long distances to purchase authentic Polish products, she decided to open her own deli.

When I began my civil engineering firm three years ago, I wrote a business plan to guide our growth. We’ve been somewhat successful to date, but the marketplace and a lot of our initial assumptions have changed, so it’s time to update our plan. Any tips you can offer?  Read more.....

This document details the requirements for forming a not-for-profit organization in Connecticut.

STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS IN CONNECTICUT

FORMING A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

BACKGROUND

Forming a not-for-profit organization is allowed under Section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue code and must follow some strict guidelines. There are two general categories of not-for-profits:

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