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Want to grow your small business, but not sure how? A SWOT analysis can help you choose the right direction for your company. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; examining these four elements will provide an overview of the health of your business. Your strengths
There’s good news about entrepreneurship in the United States: It's on the rise. According to the just released 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) from Babson College, 14 percent of Americans were involved in starting or running a new business last year. That's the highest
One of the first questions you have to ask yourself when starting a business is where you're going to locate. For some business owners, the answer is obvious. For example, if you're starting a restaurant or a retail store, you're going to need a commercial location. However, for the
In this SCORE LIVE webinar, participants will learn how to properly conduct a SWOT analysis to develop growth strategies for their businesses.   Generic SWOT templates (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) are easily found and downloaded from the internet. But without expert
Are You Ready for Takeoff? Checklist Is your startup ready for launch? Give your new business the best chance of success by making sure you have all of these elements in place before you open for business.
Alternative Sources of Financing for Startups It’s notoriously hard for startups to get financing—especially using traditional methods. But what about alternative sources of financing? Is it possible for your startup to get funding using non-traditional financing means? To get the scoop, we talked to Jared Hecht, the co-founder
Basic Business Insurance You Must Have As the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, Hurricane Sandy left thousands of homeowners and business owners trying to rebuild their properties and businesses. But natural disasters aren’t the only adversities facing startup business owners and threatening to bring an end to their
Should You Start a Business From Home? Starting a business from home has become increasingly popular. Most homes now have broadband Internet, many businesses operate solely online and you can hire “virtual employees” without ever meeting them in person. But is starting a business from home right for you? Here are seven
CHECKLIST: Set Up Your Office Get your startup ready for business by reviewing these items you may need to set up your office.
Should you buy a Business or Start one From Scratch? You want to start your own business and be your own boss. But how should you go about it? Should you launch your own business from scratch, buy an existing company or purchase a franchise opportunity? Here is a closer look at each option to help you decide. 

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