SCORE in the News

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Fuel Record Growth Streak

Date
Fri, 2015-02-06 05:40

If the U.S. jobs data released on the first Friday of every month is starting to sound like a broken record, it's because records continue to be broken.

10 Tools for Smoothing the Startup Process

Date
Tue, 2015-02-10 11:34

Getting your startup idea out of the gates can be tough and intimidating. The first steps, however, are actually much easier and more affordable than many entrepreneurs believe, especially with the slew of useful tools available online.

Here are 10 free or very affordable, and easy-to-use tools to help you take action and get started.

1. Legal.

With the wildly varying licensing requirements and business structures available, setting up the legal structure of your business can get confusing.

Need help with business? Find a mentor

Date
Tue, 2015-02-10 19:14

One of the smartest moves an entrepreneur can make in the new year is finding and using a smart and savvy business mentor.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves following through on dreams of starting a small business or growing an existing one, take advantage of the mentorship resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

How to Find a Manufacturer in China

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Fri, 2015-02-13 10:11

If you want to create a new product but have a limited budget, you may be considering sourcing to China. Here's a guide to help you find the right manufacturer.

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 You have a product idea and you want a manufacturer to produce it for you. But you’re on a limited budget so sourcing in China seems like a good idea. You know that China has many low-cost manufacturers. But how do you find the right one?

Where Do I Start?

You can get leads on potential Chinese manufacturers from many sources, including:

You have a great product -- now what?

Date
Tue, 2015-02-17 03:41

SARASOTA - Four years ago, after a career designing equipment for conglomerates such as Combustion Engineering and Raytheon Corp., William Merritt patented a coffee-cup holder that attaches to laptop computers.

It presented the biggest challenge of his working life.

"It was simple to get the patent," said Merritt, 78. "But then to let people around the world find out about it -- that is where it gets complicated."

SCORE helps entrepreneurs start and grow businesses

Date
Fri, 2015-02-20 06:00

YaYa LeGrand had been running her wholesale, private-label wine distributor for several years when she realized she could use some professional insight to take it to the next level.

Sales were strong for the North Miami company. LeGrand knew effective marketing and social media would help elevate her brand in the local market, but she was leery of investing big dollars to hire a marketing firm. Then last year, she heard about a business branding workshop hosted by SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Main Street Forum Hosts 5 Small Business Leaders. 9 Challenges Of Small Business Success

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Sun, 2015-02-22 16:47

Last week’s Main Street Forum (NYC) focused on the challenges small business owners face in growing and running their businesses. The resounding themes of the forum were - what is the definition of a small business and how can companies selling small business services make running a small business easier.

The Main Street Forum, hosted by Infusionsoft, brought together executives from companies and organizations focused on providing solutions to small businesses: American Express, OnDeck, Wix and SCORE participated.

How to Raise Funds for a Small Business

Date
Sun, 2015-02-22 03:11

Many entrepreneurs have launched their companies with a combination of formal and creative financing methods. Depending on how much money you need, you can seek venture capital from investors, borrow money from family and friends or seek credit to help or expand start your small business. In some cases, a credit card is all you need to get your business off the ground.

Financial Analysis

Top 15 Websites Every Small Business Owner Must Know in 2015

Date
Mon, 2015-02-23 22:05

It doesn’t matter whether you own a small business with no employees, or a large company. It is important that you always stay on top of industry news, and that you are always in the loop about what is going on around you. Here are the top 15 websites that you need to check out this year.

Marketing

What to Look for When Hiring a Small-Business Accountant

Date
Wed, 2015-02-25 14:55

Finding an accountant with knowledge about both small business and your industry can be a tremendous resource. Here are some things to keep in mind as you interview candidates:

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