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Top 10 Business Plan Templates You Can Download Free

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Thu, 2015-06-11 09:52

Writing your business plan. Ughhhh.

It's definitely not the most exciting part of starting a business. In fact, if you're like a lot of entrepreneurs, you're probably going to find yourself pulling a few all-nighters to get one done before heading into your first pitch for funding. Because that's the thing--your business plan is a pretty important thing.

Is Small Business for Me?

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Mon, 2015-06-01 13:50

There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S., according to the SBA. They created 63 percent of new private sector jobs and 42 percent of private sector payroll. Headlines are grabbed by young entrepreneurs who are starting high tech companies, but in reality people over 50 own 51 percent of small businesses, while those between 35-49 own 33 percent and those under 35 own 16 percent. Women own 36 percent of small businesses, 2.3 million businesses are Hispanic-owned, 1.9 million are owned by African-Americans and 1.6 million are Asian-owned.

Another SCORE success story

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Sun, 2015-05-31 15:20

The Greater Phoenix SCORE periodically publishes business success stories on its website at www.scorephoenix.org. A recent post looked at an unusual business idea, lighted skateboards, that found a niche and is thriving.

In the article Greg Rudolph, who founded Board Blazers in 2012, states the idea for his company came to him as he saw a student on the Arizona State University campus riding a skateboard with Christmas lights duct taped to it. He took most of his savings and began the company at just 20 years of age.

Miami Herald Small Business Makeover: Bee Creative Academy learns how to expand business

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Sun, 2015-05-31 14:20

It started with a single student. That’s who Evelyn Taveras welcomed in May 2014 when she opened the doors to Bee Creative Academy, a West Park preschool. In three weeks, Taveras had three students. Over the past year, the business has blossomed, with 59 children ages 1 to 5, and eight employees. Bee Creative offers voluntary prekindergarten, or VPK, preschool and after-school performing arts classes.

How to fund your startup without venture capital

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Mon, 2015-06-01 06:00

In virtually every instance, there is one ingredient that can make or break a startup in the early days -- money.

Many founders follow the same path. Once they have an idea, they begin pitching traditional VC firms or start looking for an angel investor. These options are great resources for some, but raising money this way can be problematic.

For starters, you usually have to give up equity shares to raise the money.

Protect, Serve & Start A Business: Resources for Entrepreneurial Veterans

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Fri, 2015-05-29 08:10

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.

New Infographic: Women-owned and Minority-owned Businesses on the Rise in the U.S.

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Wed, 2015-05-27 09:00

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE, – www.score.org - mentors to America's small businesses, has gathered statistics on the growth and economic impact of women-owned and minority-owned businesses in the United States. In total, there are currently 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that employ 7.9 million people and generate $1.4 trillion in annual revenues. Since 1997, the number of women-owned firms in the U.S. has increased by 67.8% while the number of men-owned firms increased by 34.4%.

5 Tips for Veterans Thinking About Starting a Businesses

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Mon, 2015-05-25 12:00

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.

"Shark Tank-"style show puts student entrepreneurs in spotlight

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Thu, 2015-05-21 19:36

Nikolas Delis isn't hesitant to describe his entrepreneurial plan — a system for automatically transporting cars to the closest available spot in a parking garage — as a potential billion-dollar business.

But it may be awhile until Nikolas can pursue his grand idea.

He's a fourth grader at Orland Park's Meadow Ridge School, so his company, Plentiful Parking, and ambitious plan, both created for an enrichment class, are essentially hypothetical.

SCORE contributor on how your business is like a race

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Thu, 2015-05-21 11:43

Margo Brown of Wave Productivity in Phoenix and Tempe likens organizing a business to a boat race in a recent post for the Greater Phoenix SCORE (www.scorephoenix.org) where she notes focus and organization are essential in both.

Don’t make your days seem like a nonstop race she warns. Being unfocused adds minutes, pressure and stress to your race time. “Just like in an organized race boat, you need an organized office space and focused time to get things done,” she writes.

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