SCORE in the News

5 Things To Know Before Starting A Small Business

Date
Fri, 2015-06-19 10:00

As a new financial planner, I wanted to really get to know the community I was working in so I joined several civic groups and my local Chamber of Commerce. I loved the Chamber of Commerce, not only for their commitment to being a voice of the business community, but also the passion of the members. Most were small business owners.

Economic development programs can boost entrepreneurs

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Wed, 2015-06-17 16:46

Economic development is defined by one source as "the focus of federal, state, and local governments to improve our standard of living through the creation of jobs, the support of innovation and new ideas, the creation of higher wealth, and the creation of an overall better quality of life."

4 Practical Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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Tue, 2015-06-02 15:41

There is no denying the allure of running your own business, especially if you're a young person just starting your career. However, it's important to temper the enthusiasm of having an idea for a new business with the reality of being an entrepreneur. This is especially true when you're concerned that people won't take you seriously because of your age.

1. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Your Business Plan

Date
Tue, 2015-06-09 10:40

Working on your business plan? It is essential to include a concise company description. 

One section of your business plan will be to write a company description. The good people at score.org have put together guidelines to help you create your business plan together.

Working on your business plan
What business will you be in? What will you do?

Top 10 Business Plan Templates You Can Download Free

Date
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?

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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.

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