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The Startup Roadmap: Your Guide to Successfully Starting a Business
A Step-by-Step, How-To Guide for Starting a Business

The Startup Roadmap outlines each step in starting a business with information and resources on the most difficult tasks. It also contains tips for working "With Your Mentor" on each topic.

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Are You Ready to Start Your Business?
The path to business ownership is an exciting journey.

As you embark on your journey, you need a few things to successfully reach your destination. First and foremost, you need a good roadmap or GPS to successfully navigate your way.

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This Roadmap will take you from the initial step of defining your business idea through your ultimate destination
Launching your business

In each module, we’ll teach you what you need to do and give you the resources and expertise you need to get it done.

The program is flexible, letting you make the business startup journey your own, focusing more on some modules and less on others. It eliminates fear and intimation and offers a clear vision of how to achieve your business startup goals—especially if you work on it with a SCORE mentor. Entrepreneurs who work with a mentor are five times more likely to start a business than those who do not have a mentor.

The Startup Roadmap includes these 12 modules, but you do not have to take them all or in any specific order:

Each module of the Startup Roadmap contains:
  • Steps to Success: A series of steps you complete in order to move on to the next module. Each step contains concrete, actionable tasks to complete, as well as information to help you. Some steps include recommended homework; your mentor may recommend additional work. 
  • With Your Mentor: This section provides suggested topics you can discuss with your mentor. This might include questions you can ask or recommendations on what types of mentors might be best to help you with the current topic. 
  • Resources: Information and resources, including tools, templates, and online workshops, to help you learn more or complete the steps in that module. 

To reach your destination faster, work on the Startup Roadmap with a SCORE mentor.

Like an experienced tour guide, your SCORE mentor can point out things you might otherwise miss, offer insider suggestions and shortcuts, and help you make the most of your journey.  

If you dream of business ownership and want clear directions to reach your destination successfully, start the SCORE Startup Roadmap today. And if you work with a SCORE mentor, you don’t have to travel alone.  

 

 

 

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