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10 Steps to Protecting Your Ideas Got a great idea? Follow these first steps from SCORE Counselor, Alan Tratner of Santa Barbara, CA. View
Business Plan Template for a Startup Business This business plan template is a generic model suitable for all types of startup business. However, you should modify it to suit your particular circumstances. View
Government Contracting Mentor-Protégé Programs This guide explains how to find and select a good mentor and become a protégé to another business when pursuing government contracting opportunities. It also outlines the qualifications for several federal agency mentor-protégé programs. View
The Three Things Your Business Plan Absolutely Must Have Business columnist Rieva Lesonsky outlines three things you need to consider in order to craft a fresh and effective business plan. View
Guide to Mastermind Groups Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains the concept of Mastermind groups and gives advice for best practices. View
Understanding Trademarks and Deciding if You Need One View
What to do First With a Great Business Idea Before you try to raise money, file for a patent or write a business plan, heed these words: That’s not what you need to do. Here are the six things you must know in order to even justify writing a business plan, let alone investing money. View
Master Your Business Plan SCORE ExpertAnswers Whether you're starting up or running an established company, an up-to-date business plan is critical for planning and reaching your goals. In this issue of SCORE ExpertAnswers, SCORE Mentor Mark Lowenstein provides expert advice on mastering this essential business tool... View
SCORE Tip of the Week: How to Get Publicity for Your Business From Bloggers SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, gives advice for generating buzz for your business through blogs. View
SCORE Tip of the Week: How to Hire Virtual Employees SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, offers advice for adding virtual employees to your small business team. View