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8 Excuses that Hold Businesses Back When you’re running a business it’s easy to make excuses for NOT doing things and convince yourself you’re acting responsibly. But such excuses may be the very thing holding you back. If you want to do more than just get by you’ll need to stop avoiding action and start... View
Cash Flow: The New Financial Reality As a retailer, what is more important to you, profits or cash flow? The initial response from most merchants posed that question is: “Profits, of course!” View
Build Your Online Store in the Right Industry to Beat Big Box Retailers This is an exciting time to start an online store. To echo Steve Case, founder of AOL and one of tech’s greatest entrepreneurs, we’re now seeing the democratization of e-commerce across all industries. But if you want to build a small- to medium-sized business that can stand... View
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... View
Podcast: How to Set Up Your Retail / eCommerce Business for Success 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. Hear from Rieva Lesonsky as she shares her... View
Importing Goods From Other Countries The most important issue to determine is what, how and how many you want. For example, I get clients who say, “I want to import apparel”, which is about as useful as I want to go out to dinner. The more information you have, the easier it is to develop relationships, find suppliers,... View
What Online Reviews Mean to Local Business I recently visited a local service business that had a seating area outfitted with a desktop computer so patrons can check email or take care of other tasks online while they wait. Attached to the computer was a bright yellow sign, saying: “If you had a fantastic experience today, please... View
6 Ways Business Owners can Work Smarter Business owners and entrepreneurs are notorious for working long, hard hours to grow their companies. But what if you could accomplish more, in less time? In many cases, an excessively long and tyrannical “to-do” list is only part of the problem. The other part may simply be you and... View
A Growth and Startup Program that Really Rocks A few years after launching the Charleston Cookie Company in 2003, Judith Moore, CEO, enrolled in a little known but highly effective program called FastTrac (www.fasttrac.org) that helps both startups and existing owners grow their businesses.  View
7-Step Checklist for Growing Your Business Given the ever-changing nature of our economy along with volatility in our capital markets, the challenge facing many business owners today is: how and when to grow? This question often leads to other questions which help define the path business owners should choose for their companies. In... View