The most-asked question of SCORE Southern Arizona mentors is “Why should I have a business plan?”
A good employee handbook can be a valuable tool for your staff.
In a community where relationships and networking are so important, it is natural for small businesses in Southern Arizona to add a Facebook page to their marketing strategy, especially if members of their target market also subscribe to Facebook.
One of the most commonly asked questions by clients of our SCORE mentors is “How do I get financing when the banks won’t talk to me as a startup?”
All older generations seem to disparage the youngest generation and today’s millennials (ages 18-29) are no exception.
Southern Arizona used to be part of Mexico before the Gadsden Purchase of 1854.
“We’ll be their wingman … offering free counseling, contracting opportunities and access to capital,” said the new administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet, after visiting a “Boots to Business: From Service to Start-Up” class recently.
The upside of freelancing is that your schedule and income are up to you. The downside, as many clients of SCORE have found, is that you are the only one responsible for finding your own work.
Don’t confuse advertising with public relations.
Do you know the type of business you want to start? Are you planning to expand? Is your business in trouble and you need help to fix it?
Building a small business can be lonely. Wouldn’t it be great to have another brain to pick, a willing ear to listen and someone to point you in the right direction?
Got writer’s block when it comes to getting your business plan down on paper? Tim Berry, a guest blogger on the Small Business Administration community blog (http://tinyurl.com/l6hjzjg) suggests these five ways to get past your block:
What are the steps necessary to start a business?
One of the most common questions SCORE mentoring clients ask is why do so many startups choose a limited liability company, or LLC, for their corporate form, and how is it done?
Why does customer service matter?
There are many opinions about Obamacare for small businesses, but what are the facts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the almost 400,000 small businesses in Arizona?
A rising tide lifts all boats.
Small businesses are all-consuming for their owners. Daily demands make it difficult to set aside time for owners to think how larger trends may affect their business. That's why it's an excellent idea to perform a SWOT analysis.
Even though the consumer-driven side of the economy is slowly recovering, most small-business owners know that revenue gains have been incremental.