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How to Get a Patent Have you invented the next big thing? If so, you've got to get a patent. It protects your invention and gives you exclusivity. Read this article by Steve Strauss to understand why patents are critical to your success and how you can get one for your business. View
The Three Things Your Business Plan Absolutely Must Have Business columnist Rieva Lesonsky outlines three things you need to consider in order to craft a fresh and effective business plan. View
How to Keep Hiring Costs in Check As business owners think about hiring, however, there’s a strong desire to keep costs down. Many have been optimistic about hiring before, only to scrap those plans when the economy failed to improve. When they do hire, small businesses have a strong desire to get the best people possible... View
Covering Your Back: The Buy-Sell Agreement During a business start-up’s early stages, it’s really the last thing on your mind that something could happen to one of the partners (or even yourself). But if that came to be, it could put a share of the business up for grabs and everyone’s dreams at risk. Investing a little... View
Protecting an Idea Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains how and why business ideas may or may not be able to be protected. View
Master Your Business Plan SCORE ExpertAnswers Whether you're starting up or running an established company, an up-to-date business plan is critical for planning and reaching your goals. In this issue of SCORE ExpertAnswers, SCORE Mentor Mark Lowenstein provides expert advice on mastering this essential business tool... View
Preparing Your Business for Sale If you are seriously considering exiting your business by selling to a third party, there are several steps you should take before you begin actively marketing your company. The more time you allow for advance preparation, the better, though most of the following steps can be taken during the few... View
Small Business Speak Out: Where do I get the Capital for Growth? A look at the different venues that small business owners use to obtain capital for growth including loan approval rates and the total cost on a business, in time and money, of financing. View
How to Create a Comprehensive Business Plan Use this guide to create a thorough and exhaustive business plan for your business. View
Expert Finance and Accounting Tips SCORE ExpertAnswers Words may characterize what a small business does or aspires to be, but numbers provide the true gauge of its success. Too often, however, many entrepreneurs prefer the simplicity of the “bottom line” without undertaking a full analysis of how they got there.... View