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Build Business Credit Reports You Can Be Proud About Having

Tue, 2014-02-18 11:28

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"Simple Steps" Begins in Boise

Thu, 2013-03-07 09:41

The first "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" workshop was held in Boise at the Treasure Valley SCORE chapter's office's training room on Parkcenter Blvd. There were 15 workshop participants and several SCORE volunteers in attendance. The series of five workshops continues on Thursday, March 14th, 7 pm. Register for the series by going to our home page,, or by calling 208 334 1696 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., M-F.

Strategic Alliance Partners

Wed, 2013-03-06 10:16

ASK SCORE...Redefine Your Management “Quality Time”

Mon, 2013-02-04 13:27

Redefine Your Management “Quality Time”

The UPS Store: SCORE-ing Big Points for Mentors and Small Business

Fri, 2012-08-24 14:16

This year, The UPS Store sponsored the Outstanding Franchise Small Business award at the 2012 SCORE Awards, which provide recognition to outstanding small business owners that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement.  

How do you know if your message is being received?

Sat, 2011-12-17 14:34


QUESTION:  When giving a presentation to a client I sometimes feel that my message is falling on deft ears. What can I do to help ensure a favorable response to my proposals?
ANSWER: In  a recent article I discussed the value of listening, more than speaking. When making a presentation, your goal is to have a conversation with the other person. If you are doing all the talking, how do you know if your message is being received? 

Starting an E-commerce Website as your first Small Business

Sat, 2011-12-17 12:49


shopping carts for small business startupsThis is a very tempting concept as it would first appear to have very low start-up costs. This article is to give you a step by step process for which you can start an online shopping cart store.

You need a Business Plan and a Marketing Plan. Just because it is an online store, it does not mean you can bypass the thought processes that occur natually as you develop these documents.

Let's start with the basics:

  1. Idea - The idea doe not have to be new but you must ask yourself why are people going to prefer to buy from my store vs others.
  2. Competition - Who is your competition and how will you compete?
  3. Costs - What are you costs in doing business?
  4. Delivery and Warehousing - What shipping services are you going to use or are you going to have local pick up?
  5. Advertising - With millions of website and only 10 on the first page of a Google search, how are you going to get on that first page.
  6. Shopping Carts - There are many to choose from and they vary from a simple PayPal button to more complex retailing systems.
  7. Analytics - To improve anything you must measure what you are doing now so you have a history of data.

To Make More Money, Stop Watching Profits

Fri, 2011-12-16 14:37

To Make More $, Stop Watching Profits

By Michael McDermott, owner of Enterprise Tune-Up
and author of 2009-2011 Recession Survival Guide
Entrepreneurs are taught to be laser-focused on the bottom line.  Profit, after all, is the scorecard we’re measured against.  In professional sports the final score is the outcome of actions on the field: yards gained, QB sacks, field goals kicked.  The best coaches focus on perfecting these “basics” believing that the final score should positively reflect those better performance efforts. 

5 Important Things to Know About Buying a Small Business

Thu, 2011-12-15 21:04

buying a small business, the owner
5 Important Things to Know About Buying a Small Business


By Barry Rickert and Mike McDermott

Joe Gieger, author of Entrepreneurial Success, said today in our monthly SCORE meeting, "You have three options when you buy a business: Sell it, Liquidate it or Operate it."

While there are many entrepreneuraial choices, let's assume you wish to buy and operate a business.

Price is important but not as much as you think.
Most people are worried about price right off the bat. How much are you asking? That is the last question you should ask and as I will explain why later.

Youngstown SCORE has Library Hours

Mon, 2011-09-12 11:38

Youngstown SCORE is enhancing its small business service by holding regular hours at the Mahoning County Library starting in October.  Two experienced mentors will be onsite to answer your business plan, SEO, grant, or other related entrepreneurial questions.

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