SCORE in the News

Are You Afraid of Startup?, Small Businesses Up Spending & It’s Time to Clean Your Computer

Sat, 2015-03-21 10:30

1) We Feel Good!

The newest Spark Business Barometer from Capital One shows small business owners feel good about financial conditions and their local and national economies. As a result they plan to increase investments in business processes, technology, employee compensation and other areas.

Google launches small-business initiative

Wed, 2015-03-25 10:00

In 1995, when volunteers came together in Missoula, Mont., to build a carousel to give the community a place for "good, old-fashioned fun," customers had to use old-fashioned methods, like telephone books, to find it.

The Internet was in its infancy, and a small business like A Carousel for Missoula didn't have to worry about how it showed up in search engines and social media. Now, if a small business isn't found when a customer searches on the map of their mobile phone or through the Web, they may never be discovered at all.

7 Tips for Launching a Second Career

Fri, 2015-04-10 12:00

At the end of 2008, the pulp and paper plant where Tina Wixon worked was bought out, and the new owners brought with them a series of temporary layoffs. Wixon, now 52, says that was the push she needed to finally follow her dream of becoming a nurse.

The Kelso, Washington resident spent two years at Lower Columbia College to complete prerequisite work, before earning her bachelor’s degree through Western Governors University in Utah. She enjoys her new career so much that she’s considering a master’s degree in nursing informatics.

Small Biz Hacks Tweetchat 4/29

Mon, 2015-04-13 11:59

Join us for the “Small Biz Hacks” tweetchat hosted by SCORE and Microsoft on April 29th from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern. The discussion will feature insights from small business experts and real small business owners across the country focused around tips and tricks that make all aspects of a small business owner’s life easier and more effective. Participating small business experts include:

Small Business or Startup Need Help? Top 25 Supportive Websites

Thu, 2015-03-26 14:00

Whether you’re looking for advice on getting funding, growing your business or looking for helpful business tools, the following sites are worth looking into. Here are 25 sites that may help you improve the chances of success for your startup or existing small business.

1. has a range of small business resources, articles, and information surrounding all aspects of starting, growing and operating a business.

Moving up: Homeless to home store, CEO credits SCORE mentor

Mon, 2015-03-30 15:30

Name: Cynthia Heathcoe

Distinction: CEO of Contemporary Living furniture store

City: Palm Beach Gardens

Cynthia Heathcoe’s dreams of having her own business materialized a year ago when she opened Contemporary Living ( in Downtown at the Gardens. This year, she is in the running for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Palm Beach SCORE ( The awards ceremony will be on May 8. Finalists will be announced soon.

Small business: Backbone of the economy

Mon, 2015-03-30 08:00

I started writing this column not long after USA TODAY launched, back in 1995. A lot has changed in the last 20 years in the world of small business and most of it has been the better.

In Spite Of The RFRA, Indiana Merchants Are 'Open For Service'

Sat, 2015-03-28 09:45

The state of Indiana made news this week when Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that claims to protect businesses and individuals from prosecution for refusing service based on one’s religious beliefs. But many suspect that it will also allow businesses to refuse service to certain individuals or groups by claiming religious beliefs.

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