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Passion, Reality and Starting a Business Starting a business is not easy.  An entrepreneur needs to understand and express his/her passion. To do so means developing a mission statement and a plan. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Starting a business also requires enthusiasm, energy, and persistence to market
Podcast: Finance and Accounting Tips for Your Business The SCORE Small Business Success Podcast features interviews with the best and brightest in the world of small business, covering topics such as business plans, financing, marketing, human resources, SEO, social media and more. Listen to this podcast to hear SCORE mentor Hal Shelton
Poet T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month,” though when I was growing up in New York, I was convinced that moniker belonged to February. Winter has been cruel to most of us this winter, with lots of businesses forced to have snow days the way we used to have school days
Your small business insurance is there to protect you. As a small business owner, you know every dollar counts. You do everything you can to cut costs, but small business insurance is not something you should go without. Accidents happen, and you have to defend yourself if you’re sued
The mobile revolution is in full swing, so it should be no surprise that approximately 28 percent of the visitors to your website are coming via a mobile device. But can potential buyers find your site when searching via mobile? When they do arrive, is your website optimized to help them
This year I have become acutely aware of a productivity rabbit hole. The New Year is a time of looking out – and looking within. I realize that growth is quite unlikely if I continue with the status quo. Like any small business owner, my only real asset and real competitive
You’ve succeeded in getting a social media strategy in place, you’re sharing amazing, relevant content - and then WHAM! Someone posts a negative comment, and you feel like all of the wind has been let out of your sails.  Then the worrying begins - What do you say? How do you say
It’s that time of year again, when the weather in much of North America turns hostile to people and businesses alike. And while digging out and recovering from a natural disaster can be a true test of survival for any business, what if your business depends on being able to help others
Break the vicious cycle of remaining small just because your company is small TODAY. Nobody likes to give the impression of a small, fledgling company, even if it’s true. But today, it’s possible to use inexpensive techniques to present the image of a large, professional company,
  What is it about the New Year? I always feel that same odd combination of reflection, anticipation and restlessness. Like all of you, I create resolutions and goals for my business and myself. That’s the easy part. The tough part is during the weeks and months to come, when

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