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Hal is a SCORE mentor, active investor in early-stage technology companies and Amazon bestselling author of The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan. He is passionate about helping small businesses start and grow. Previously, Hal has been a CFO and board member for NYSE/NASDAQ publicly traded companies and nonprofits.

Cash is King: Cash Management Best Practices
Small businesses should be managed with a focus on cash flow, not income or other financial measures. SCORE mentor Hal Shelton
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How to Position and Prepare Your Business to be Bought
Businesses are generally bought, not sold. Your opportunity is to position and prepare your company for the best outcome by
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What Is a Balance Sheet, and How Can I Use It to Manage My Business?
In this post, learn what a balance sheet is, how it benefits your business, and the important sections you need to include.
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Should You Hire an Accountant?
Should you do it yourself or hire an Accountant? This article helps you weigh the pros and cons of hiring an accountant for your
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How to Set Up and Maintain a Budget for Your Small Business
Want to make sure you are spending wisely on your business? This article will show you how to set up and maintain a budget to keep
Should I Trade My Services for Equity in a Startup?
Before deciding to trade your service fees for equity (and become a part-owner) in a customer’s business, explore these seven
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The Art of Referrals
You have a business, but are people talking about it? Find how to find and get the word out via valuable referrals.
Five Factors Angels Look for in an Investment Opportunity
Before contacting angel investors, understand what they look for, so you approach the right angel groups and provide them with the
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Is an Incubator Right for You?
An incubator is a place where startup and early-stage companies can live. If accepted, you will receive resources to help you
How Much Cash Should a Small Business Keep in Reserve?
Most financial experts recommend three to six months of operating expenses, but using this for every business in every situation
How to Tell If a Government Grant Offer Is a Scam or Legitimate
How do you know if the grant offer is legitimate or a scam? According to the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and other Federal
The Secrets of Writing a Successful Business Plan
Hal Shelton, author of "Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan" and SCORE mentor, has developed worksheets for each part of
The Best time to Review and Update Your Business Plan
In this post, you will learn what events trigger a need to update your business plan, how updating a business plan differs from
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