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Why you should have a business plan

The most-asked question of SCORE Southern Arizona mentors is “Why should I have a business plan?”

August 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
What to include in your employee handbook

What to include in your employee handbook

A good employee handbook can be a valuable tool for your staff.

August 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip: Consider Facebook for your small business

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.

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Crowdfunding your startup takes some work

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?”

June 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: How to work better with millennials

All older generations seem to disparage the youngest generation and today’s millennials (ages 18-29) are no exception.

June 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Tapping into the growing Hispanic market

Southern Arizona used to be part of Mexico before the Gadsden Purchase of 1854.

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Veterans who want to start small businesses have ‘wingmen’

“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.

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Biz Tip of the Week: Strategies for finding more freelance work

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.

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Add public relations to your marketing mix

Don’t confuse advertising with public relations.

February 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

How to get the most from your mentor

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?

February 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

BizTip: Mentors help you make better decisions

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?

February 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

How you can can produce a concise business plan

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:

January 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Do your homework before starting a new business

What are the steps necessary to start a business?

January 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Biztip: LLCs offer advantages for startups

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?

December 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Great service earns customers' 'votes'

Why does customer service matter?

October 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Health-care reform tool available for small firms

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?

October 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: Don't try to swim against tide

A rising tide lifts all boats.

August 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: Big-picture evaluation may pay off

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.

July 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Maximize marketing dollars with targeted local-event advertising

Even though the consumer-driven side of the economy is slowly recovering, most small-business owners know that revenue gains have been incremental.

July 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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