Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating.

With SCORE, you have lots of support. Browse these tools and find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Your SCORE mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.

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What Makes a Family Business Successful?

Are you the proud owner of a family-owned company? From succession planning to company culture, these family business tips and insights, based on stats from SCORE’s latest business infographic, will help you build a roadmap to success and increase the chance of transitioning into the next generation.

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Accountants Versus Bookkeepers — What You Should Know

March 21, 2018,

As a small business, managing your finances is no small task. Since one of the main reasons businesses fail is due to poor cash flow management, it’s also why you need help. But, if you haven’t got a ton of experience working with accountants or bookkeepers, what do you need to know?

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Business Plan Template for an Established Business

Download our free business plan template for your established business as a Word doc. Read more

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The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About UPC Barcodes

March 20, 2018,

Are you ready to launch a new product? Don’t forget about the barcode! Brush up on your barcode knowledge by learning from these top five questions, and you’ll be ready to take the first step toward launching a successful product.

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Why Small Business Owners Should Track Their Mileage

March 15, 2018,

The IRS lets you deduct some of the costs of using a personal vehicle for business purposes. Just like you can deduct the cost of business expenses such as marketing, you can also deduct your business mileage. But make sure you’re following the rules or else you may face that dreaded IRS audit.

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12-Month Profit and Loss Projection

Download this template to track your revenue and expenses so you can forecast your profits and losses for the next 12 months. Read more

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The Four Biggest Barriers Holding You Back from Scaling Your Company

March 14, 2018,

Business owners are often stuck in the “work until you drop” model and cannot think about how to grow their businesses. Here are four common barriers that hold small business owners back from scaling their fledgling companies. 

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Should You Get Certified as a Woman-Owned Business?

March 13, 2018,

Female small business owners seeking contracts with corporate or government clients face a lot of competition. One way to get an edge is to get your company certified as a woman-owned business. Read what certification can do for your small business.

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SCORE Profiles Successful Women in Business for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is the perfect time to highlight the achievements of women in business. We’re profiling four successful women business owners who are also SCORE clients. We’re also sharing resources to help you navigate the challenges of running a company as a woman.

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How to Get Big Results with a Tiny Marketing Department

March 8, 2018,

Small businesses tend to take the lean approach to marketing. They don’t outsource it much, and they often underfund it. But you can beat your competitors, even if they have much larger marketing teams.

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The Business of Naming Your Business: Get It Right the First Time and Save Your Business Big Bucks!

March 7, 2018,

One of the first and most important decisions a new business owner will make is developing a name for the business. It can also be a costly mistake if you fail to do your legal homework. You need to research if the name and trademark are available.

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