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Sound advice on getting funding for your startup

Sound advice on getting funding for your startup

Understanding process is key to raising capital or winning loans.

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Three social-media tools to grow your business

Snapchat and other tools can help you market your business.

December 07, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
More to pricing than slapping on a tag

More to pricing than slapping on a tag

Properly pricing your goods or services is key to profitability. 

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How to write a good job description

How to write a good job description

By communicating clearly what's expected, you'll attract the right applicants.

November 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Biz tip of the week: Finding topics for content marketing

Biz tip of the week: Finding topics for content marketing

How to find trending topics that people are buzzing about right now.

November 16, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Essentials for using interns in a small business

Essentials for using interns in a small business

Internships can be mutually beneficial with some key steps for success.

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Hiring an intern can be a win-win for small firms

Help for experience benefits students, small companies.

November 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Start your holiday marketing plan now ...

Start your holiday marketing plan now ...

Why even small businesses should embrace a holiday marketing strategy early. 

October 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
How to find, hire the right person

How to find, hire the right person

Following a basic checklist can help you land the right hire.

October 12, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

HR apps aid compliance with health-care law

Software, apps can help assure transparency and compliance.

October 05, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

What health-care reform means to your business

Part one of a two-part column looks at who needs to comply and how.

September 28, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Running a business is lot like coaching football

Business owners call the plays and motivate their players.

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Three essential financial statements for your business

A balance sheet, a profit and loss statement and cash flow analysis are critical.

September 14, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
How to talk to the media like a pro

How to talk to the media like a pro

Getting the media’s attention is only half the battle. 

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Savvy technology use can help small firms save

Savvy technology use can help small firms save

Small businesses don't need to spend more money to take advantage of technology.

September 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Export trade training can aid your business

Export trade training can aid your business

Mexico offers Tucson small businesses a big opportunity to tap in to new markets

August 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

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What to do before hiring your first employee

Eight steps on what to do to comply with federal and Arizona regulations

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Search-engine savvy can boost visibility

Why should you care about customers finding your small business online?

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Online business can be lucrative but takes work

Getting public to notice a new site requires much work.

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Biz tip: Consider an encore-entrepreneur career

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.

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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?”

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Loan help available for women business owners

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of the firms in Pima County are owned by women.

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Structure key for entrepreneurial couples

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.

June 06, 2014 3:34 pmLoading…

Write a blog to reach your largest audience

Blogs (or weblogs) provide small business owners with ways to reach large audiences that their websites can’t do.

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Buying a business has pluses, but do your homework

Thinking about buying an existing business rather than starting from scratch? One website, businessmart.com, lists more than 30 businesses for sale in Tucson.

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Tapping into the growing Hispanic market

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

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'Greening up' your small business

From windmills and adobe in the last centuries to solar and recycling now — green businesses aren’t new to Arizona.

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Financing the deal is one option for selling a business

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.

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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: There’s no best age to start a business

What’s the best age for a person to start a business?

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How to manage a family business successfully

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.

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Make workplace conflicts constructive

Are workplace conflicts sapping productivity from your small business?

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Maximize your home office for productivity

A home office offers lower overhead, a much shorter commute and the chance to be more productive than your competitors.

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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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Do your homework to get a small-business loan

Need a loan for your small business but find the task daunting?

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Biz tip: Tools to manage your social media marketing

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?

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Add public relations to your marketing mix

Don’t confuse advertising with public relations.

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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?

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An 'elevator speech' is a key business tool

How do you answer “what business are you in?” in less than 60 seconds?

February 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

'Mompreneurs' make up a unique business force

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.

January 27, 2014 12:00 am

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:

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Do your homework before starting a new business

What are the steps necessary to start a business?

January 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip: Don't pay for free labor-law posters

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.

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Do your research before launching a new product

Will your new business idea work?

December 16, 2013 12:00 am

Checking out competitors on a shoestring

“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.

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BizTip: Is self-employment right for you?

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.

November 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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