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Continuing a trend that’s been going for 12 months strong, America’s startup entrepreneurs are feeling confident about their businesses’ prospects, reports the latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index. In fact, their confidence is at all-time highs. A whopping 91
What are the key milestones in the life of a small business owner? A new study by Manta and Dell asked entrepreneurs about their first steps to startup, their motivations for starting a business and the biggest milestones they’ve experienced on the road to business growth.
Two weeks ago I was asked to be part of a judging panel for a business plan competition at George Washington University. Each of the teams was sharp and impeccably dressed. Each member confidently addressed the audience stating his or her role in marketing, finance or operations. The
Financial Projections Template Download this financial projections Excel template to calculate your startup expenses, payroll costs, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement, balance sheet, breakeven analysis, financial ratios, cost of goods sold, amortization and depreciation for your small business.
50 Small Business Tips for 50 Years of Success: Business Planning Planning for success gives your business a direct roadmap for how to get there. These tips offer advice on specific ways to plan ahead, strategize and avoid pitfalls before they take your enterprise off track. SCORE and MassMutual know how important it is to get good advice. That is why,
Podcast: Business Planning Strategies for Entrepreneurs The SCORE Small Business Success Podcast features interviews with the best and brightest in the world of small business, covering topics such as business plans, financing, marketing, human resources, SEO, social media and more. Listen to this podcast to hear SCORE mentor Hal Shelton share his
This free online business workshop will help you understand why a market analysis is necessary for your business and provide instruction on how to conduct your research. It will also provide case studies and worksheets to help you start your analysis today.  
This free online business workshop will provide an overview of different legal structures and help you decide which is best for your company.  
Naming your new business is one of the most important tasks you’ll complete during your startup phase. Spend some time thinking through your naming, since that name is part of the public face that everyone will see and associate with your product or services. Your company name will have
What I’ve Learned About Pricing Part of pricing is trial and error. As your business grows, learn from your experiences and discover what works and what doesn't. Entrepreneur and small business expert Rieva Lesonsky shares three things she's learned about pricing.

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