Startup

Starting a new business is both exciting and intimidating; but you have lots of support! Here we provide all the resources you need to determine your business structure, create your business plan, and get the startup financing you need. Included in this section are new startup growth areas such as home-based and green businesses.

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Business Plans

  • Creating A Strategic Plan This free online business workshop will help you create a strategic plan for your company. It
  • Developing a Business Plan This free online business workshop provides step-by-step instruction on how to successfully
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    Startup Basics

  • Developing a Business Plan This free online business workshop provides step-by-step instruction on how to successfully
  • LIVE Webinar 4/21: Building Your Business Webinar Series Part 3: The Many Ways SCORE Can Help You Succeed in Business Register now for Part 3 of our FREE 3-part, "Building Your Business Webinar Series
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    Legal Issues

  • Intellectual Property Best Practices Intellectual property (IP) is the untapped potential of a business that is completely wasted if An average startup with financial constraints will not prioritize IP protection in the belief
  • Podcast: Intellectual Property The SCORE Small Business Success Podcast features interviews with the best and Listen Now: Download Audio document.addEventListener("
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    How-to Guides

  • Ten Simple Steps to Finding Customers and Delivering the Goods Congratulations on your new venture! This booklet is intended to be a concise primer on how to Define Your Target Market Before you hit the streets selling or start buying up advertising
  • Mentoring through Story Telling: Inspiring Small Businesses, One Story at a Time Today, small businesses account for two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. This puts the
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    Business Ideas

  • Get Up, Startup, and Fire Up Your Business Join the Publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine (Ramon Ray) and serial entrepreneur and the "
  • Starting a Mobile Restaurant Although the mobile gourmet food truck trend has been around for a couple of years, the concept Here’s why starting a mobile food business makes sense: People like convenience. Taking
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    How to Incorporate

  • Get Up, Startup, and Fire Up Your Business Join the Publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine (Ramon Ray) and serial entrepreneur and the "
  • How the Right Registered Agent Can Protect Your Business Who is your company’s registered agent? Are you currently your own registered agent? Many
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    Startup Financing

  • 2014 Small Business: Angel Investors This month's SCORE Infographic has gathered statistics concerning how much and how often
  • 3 Key Areas Lenders Look for Before Financing Your Small Business For a startup or new business owner, obtaining financing for your small business can be very
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    Home-Based Business

  • Business Licenses and Permits – What Do You Need? No small business is the same, but all businesses require some form of license or permit in order
  • 5 Must-Haves for Successfully Working from Home Many successful startups begin as home-based businesses. Working from home for the first time can
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    Buying a Small Business

  • Buying a Small Business: Assets Vs Entities Buying a small business, especially a thriving one, is a tantalizing prospect. Once you’ve What’s the difference between an asset and an entity sale? For a business to operate
  • What to Know Before Buying a Franchise Buying a franchise can be confusing because of the variety of franchise models and the enormous What’s Involved with Owning a Franchise? Owning Your Own Business The American dream of
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    Green Business

  • How to Make Your Bar or Restaurant Green(er) Download this article for tips on having a green(er) bar or restaurant! Consumers today want to feel good about the places they go and where they spend their money. Not
  • Serving the Greater Good with a Triple Bottom Line Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy  Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy  
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    Franchising

  • 5 Commonly Asked Questions About the Franchising Business In a SCORE Small Business Success Podcast “Franchising”, SCORE mentor Bob Melberth, a
  • Is Your Business Ready to Franchise? Is your small business running like clockwork? Do customers from outside your local area ask when
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    Success Stories

  • Congratulations to SCORE’s 2014 Award Winners We would like to say congratulations to our 2014 SCORE Awards Winners! Congratulations on
  • Smiles To You Marketing Case Study: Smiles To You SCORE and MassMutual know how important it   Smiles To You Owner Kathie Fitchett Reynolds ​​ Location Newport News, VA
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    Naming a Business

  • Naming and Trademarking: Creating Your Brand's First Impression Establish a Name, Protect its Trademark Naming is widely thought to be a purely creative
  • The Difference Between a Trade Name and a Trademark - And Why You Can’t Overlook Either When it comes to starting a business, there’s often some confusion about the process of When it comes to starting a business, there’s often some confusion about the process of
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    Government Contracting

  • How to Register for Government Contracting Here is a basic introduction to the steps necessary to get your business ready for government Register for Government Contracting Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the
  • SCORE Tip of the Week: How to Contract With the Federal Government Steve Feinman of SCORE Michigan offers tips for how to secure federal contracts for your small If you’re selling it, the U.S. government is buying it. In 2012, the federal government
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