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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4 Steps to Brainstorming a Great New Business Idea

December 26, 2018,

If you’re not sure what type of business to start, that doesn’t mean you can’t become an entrepreneur. It just means you need to brainstorm a business idea.

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How to Create an Employee Handbook for Your Small Business: The Ultimate Guide

December 19, 2018,

An employee handbook is a compilation of your company's policies and protocols, as well as employees' legal rights and obligations. Read why you need one and how to create it.

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The Biggest Holiday Challenges for Retailers and How to Prepare for the Rush

December 18, 2018,

For small business and solo retailers, the holiday season presents some of the highest stakes and biggest challenges. Read these tips on how to prepare now.

Should You Use Crowdfunding to Help Finance Your Business?
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Should You Use Crowdfunding to Help Finance Your Business?

December 13, 2018,

Reward-based, equity and debt are all types of crowdfunding available to small businesses. Here are some tips that businesses can use to create a successful campaign.

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Do You Have a 5-Year Plan for Your Business?

December 12, 2018,

No matter how successful your business is now, developing a strategic plan for your business can help take your company to even greater heights.

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Resources to Help You Create an Effective Employee Handbook

December 6, 2018,

A small business has several resources available to help them put together a comprehensive employee handbook. Here are tips on how to get your employees read it, too.

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Tax Time: A Guide to Completing the Schedule C

December 4, 2018,

If you operate a sole proprietorship or single-member LLC, make sure you know how to complete the Schedule C Form.

Infographic: Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Small Business?
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Infographic: Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Small Business?

SCORE’s latest infographic, sponsored by Nav, details the trends of crowdfunding for small businesses and whether this financing method could work your company. Read more

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Steel Your Small Business Against Employee Theft

November 29, 2018,

Burglary or theft is the most common reason for small business insurance claims, accounting for 20% of all. In some cases, an employee turns out to be the culprit.

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Female Entrepreneurs: How to Weave Your Authentic Story into Marketing

November 28, 2018,

People purchase from brands that they know, like and trust. Here are three simple ways to weave your authentic story into your marketing strategy.

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What Makes or Breaks a Successful Small Business?

November 27, 2018,

What makes or breaks a successful small business? Here’s a closer look at four things successful business owners do right—and one thing they need to do better.

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