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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Writing A Business Plan

BUSINESS PLANNING OUTLINE COVER SHEET: Name of business, names of principals, address and phone number of business. Executive Summary/Statement Of Purpose TABLE OF CONTENTS: Read more
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5 Financial Numbers Every Small Business Should Be Tracking From Day 1 and Why

March 15, 2019,

Here are five basic business figures that you should be tracking in your business from day one.

How Small Businesses Can Utilize Local SEO

How Small Businesses Can Utilize Local SEO

Learn how your small business why and how your small business can benefit from local SEO strategies in SCORE’s recent infographic.

Infographic: Local SEO - Make “Clicks” Lead to Your “Brick” Location

Infographic: Local SEO - Make “Clicks” Lead to Your “Brick” Location

SCORE’s latest infographic shows why and how small businesses can use local SEO techniques to gain more customers. Read more

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How to Use Location-Based Mobile Marketing for Your Bar or Restaurant

If you’re not using location-based mobile marketing for your restaurant or bar, you’re missing out on a great way to communicate with customers. Read more

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Broadening Horizons: Independent Contractors

Because independent contractors are a specialized class of worker, however, you just want to remember to follow certain legal guidelines as you sign them up for projects. Read more


A Matter of Type: Your Business Entity

Your business entity choice will then come down to a few factors: taxes, liability and business records. Read more

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10 Legal Steps Every Small Business Should Take – Small Business Legal Toolkit

SCORE is proud to partner with Rocket Lawyer to provide information and resources to help you with small business legal matters. Read more


Nonprofit Purpose and Tax-Exempt Status

March 7, 2019,

For many nonprofits, tax-exempt status is everything. The first step in obtaining tax exemption should be defining your nonprofit’s purpose.


Drafting a Will: Estate Planning for Small Business Owners

Put together a business estate plan that covers your company’s assets, trade secrets and organizational structure so that forces beyond your control don’t slow it down. Read more

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7 Legal and Financial Steps to Closing Your Small Business

March 5, 2019,

Exiting a business requires filing paperwork to officially dissolve your business with the state and taking care of other legal and financial formalities.