Published Jul. 6, 2015
I recently launched my business as a wedding and event planner. I need to get the word out, but I don’t have a lot of money to spend on advertising. Any suggestions?
Want to share some news about your small business? Consider issuing a news release. Formatted like a news story, a news release is designed to publicize an accomplishment, announce an event or a new service, introduce new products or services, or share helpful information that readers can use.
Fulfilling the dream of owning a business can be a difficult journey, but some entrepreneurs face more challenges than others. With perseverance and a supportive SCORE mentor, military veteran Al Kroell and his wife Christy found their path to success.
Published Jun. 27, 2015
If you are debating about whether your new organization should be a for profit or a not for profit organization. This check list will help you decide.
Published May. 31, 2015
4 Walls Media Group Presentation
Each year, approximately 180,000 veterans are returning to civilian life. A number of these returning vets are looking into starting their own businesses.
The qualities that veterans have developed—leadership, strong work ethic, ability to work with others – give them a leg up in terms of launching a business; in fact, in 2009, veteran-owned businesses made up 14% of all businesses in the U.S.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about going out on your own and starting a business. It’s a pretty daunting thought, yet people with military experience tend to make excellent entrepreneurs.
Published May. 20, 2015
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Published May. 19, 2015
After working in the industry for a number of years, I want to start my own catering business. Conversations with a couple of banks about financing have not been promising, so I’m considering approaching some friends and relatives about borrowing the startup money. Is this a good idea?
When seeking financing help for a small business, many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family, rather than banks or other lending sources. While this approach may avert the stresses associated with loan applications and presentations before strangers, it carries its own set of risks and potential pitfalls.
Published May. 18, 2015
I’m considering purchasing a local, long-established dance studio. I have the training and skills to run it, but have never bought a business before. What advice can you give me?
Buying an existing small business can expedite one’s way into entrepreneurship. All the upfront effort has been taken care of, as has much of the learning curve. And with staff and resources already in place, you may think stepping in and taking over is all there is to it.
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How SCORE Helped
After the completion of his military career, Joe Meisch knew he needed help in transitioning to the business world. "SCORE was the first place I turned to," he said. Joe had created the Temple Massager, a stress relieving head massager, and wanted to build a business around his patented product.
"I met with SCORE and they set me straight, helping me to turn my vision into an action plan. They showed me how to develop a business plan and the financials," Joe said.
He said he had looked at working with business development groups or hiring a consultant, "but they don't care if you sink or swim." He said SCORE is more invested in the community. "I discovered they're more inclined to help small businesses and care more about enriching the local economy," Joe said.
The Temple Massager continues to grow and Joe is also keen on giving back to the community. He said he's already given more than 1,400 massagers to the Armed Forces as a way of helping his fellow servicemen and women.