Understanding process is key to raising capital or winning loans.
Snapchat and other tools can help you market your business.
Properly pricing your goods or services is key to profitability.
By communicating clearly what's expected, you'll attract the right applicants.
How to find trending topics that people are buzzing about right now.
Internships can be mutually beneficial with some key steps for success.
Help for experience benefits students, small companies.
Why even small businesses should embrace a holiday marketing strategy early.
Following a basic checklist can help you land the right hire.
Software, apps can help assure transparency and compliance.
Part one of a two-part column looks at who needs to comply and how.
Business owners call the plays and motivate their players.
A balance sheet, a profit and loss statement and cash flow analysis are critical.
Getting the media’s attention is only half the battle.
Small businesses don't need to spend more money to take advantage of technology.
Mexico offers Tucson small businesses a big opportunity to tap in to new markets
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.
Eight steps on what to do to comply with federal and Arizona regulations
Why should you care about customers finding your small business online?
Getting public to notice a new site requires much work.
Young whippersnappers aren’t the only clients of SCORE mentors as more than 17 percent of the population in Pima County is 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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?”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of the firms in Pima County are owned by women.
Entrepreneurial couples are quite common. Small businesses owned and run by couples provide the foundation for convenient and cost-effective business ventures when the marriage is sound.
Blogs (or weblogs) provide small business owners with ways to reach large audiences that their websites can’t do.
Thinking about buying an existing business rather than starting from scratch? One website, businessmart.com, lists more than 30 businesses for sale in Tucson.
Southern Arizona used to be part of Mexico before the Gadsden Purchase of 1854.
From windmills and adobe in the last centuries to solar and recycling now — green businesses aren’t new to Arizona.
With 42,100 businesses in Tucson and 11.9 percent of the population over 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it seems reasonable that some local entrepreneurs may be selling their businesses.
“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.
What’s the best age for a person to start a business?
While family-owned businesses provide a powerful force in the U.S. business economy, owners are easily compromised when relatives who work together cause problems for the business.
Are workplace conflicts sapping productivity from your small business?
A home office offers lower overhead, a much shorter commute and the chance to be more productive than your competitors.
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.
Need a loan for your small business but find the task daunting?
Social media can be an important marketing strategy for a small business, but what’s the best approach to maximize impact while saving precious time?
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?
How do you answer “what business are you in?” in less than 60 seconds?
It is not surprising that SCORE mentors see more women in Southern Arizona — many of them moms — than men who want to start small businesses.
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?
If your small business received a recent mailing from the “Labor Standards Compliance Office,” requesting a fee for up-to-date labor notices required by the state of Arizona and the federal government, just toss it.
Will your new business idea work?
“How do I find out more about my competition?” SCORE Southern Arizona mentors report this as one of the most-asked questions by budding small businesses.
Self-employment allows you to chase the dream. The “new” boss may not fire you but will work you harder and longer than you ever imagined.