You know what they say about free advice: Sometimes,
it is not worth the price.
But that does not apply to the folks at SCORE, who provide
advice to startups and established businesses. Their advice
is free and it often results in businesses that get off
the ground and grow.
SCORE was originally known as the Service Corps of Retired
Executives, a nonprofit organization partnered with the
U.S. Small Business Administration and created in 1964 by
President Lyndon Johnson.
Now, it is just known as SCORE.
:: Hacking Leads to Precautions for Small
According to a December survey of owners by the
National Small Business Association, cybercriminals raked
in an average of $32,000 from small business accounts.
:: Disrupt With These Ideas
There are 28 million small businesses in the country,
and they provide most of Americas jobs and sales. According
to the Small Business Administration, large companies have
cut four million jobs since 1990, while small businesses
have created eight million. Most small businesses want to
become big businesses, so a new dog-walking service is probably
not going to turn into the next Uber (though you never know!
Here are some of the top, best, most promising industries
you might want to consider where businesses are growing.
They are also ripe for disruption.
:: Tailor Your Small Business for Success
For any business to succeed, achieving product/market
fit is a primary goal. But verifying that your product or
service meets a strong market need and can stand up to competitors
is certainly not an exact science, nor does it typically
happen overnight. Building momentum in a market requires
patience and comes with no guarantees as customers’ needs,
regulatory landscapes, and competitive pressures change
:: How to Configure a Small
Business Facebook Page
Things to Know About Your Brand New Facebook Page
It blinks, it cries, it drinks from a bottle. That is right,
kids, your new Facebook Page can do everything other little
dollies can, and even more.
Lets take the beginning of this song and do it nice. And
:: U.S. Government Hits Goal for Women
Owned Small Businesses
After almost two decades, the federal government
for the first time has been able to meet its goal of awarding
five percent (worth $17.8 billion) of all contracts to women-owned
:: Three Small Business
IT Security Solutions You May Not Have Considered
Everyone by now is well aware that IT networks
are subject to various cyber threats, and small and medium
size businesses (SMBs) must protect against them just as
larger enterprises do. But these threats are not limited
to the online world. SMBs also have to protect the IT equipment
itself from physical dangers.
:: Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail
Over 51% of businesses will fail in their first
five years (U.S. Census data), and even 25-30% of venture-backed
If you want to innovate and put yourself out there, you
have to accept that every entrepreneurial venture is a risk.
But how can you reduce that risk of failure for your next
Often, it helps to turn to the experience of others, to
learn what lessons we can from their failures, and cut the
learning curve for ourselves. Even if you feel like you
are reaching (or surpassing) your prime, it is never too
late! Jeffrey Brotman, founder of Costco, didn't launch
that successful company until he was into his forties.
:: 10 Examples of Instagram
Ads and the Lessons They Can Teach
Without further ado, then, here are some of my
favorite Instagram ads, as well as some that I would have
handled differently, and the lessons you can learn from
:: Top 15 Small Business Loan Mistakes
You Can Make
Small businesses have traditionally had a hard
time accessing extra capital — i.e. through small business
loans — from banks, big and small. And economic realities
and forecasts dictate, generally, just how generous these
institutions are at any given time.
Still, small businesses aren’t exactly being choked off
entirely from getting approved. And the market has been
improving for small businesses seeking loans. But in order
to get a lender to take a flyer on your small business,
it is best not to make a rookie mistake on your way to getting
that loan approval.
Below are some of the top small business loan mistakes you
:: Want To Escape The Cubicle?
Here is How To Be Your Own Boss
Many people who work a regular job dream of walking
out of their cubicle and starting their own business. And
every year, about 800,000 Americans do just that.
Dave Selden is one of them. His business grew out of his
passion for beer — glass after glass of it. That is immediately
clear when you take a look at a video on his website.
:: 10 Top Small Business Blogs
Do you like to read good content online? I sure
do. One of the key secrets to being successful in business
is to be a voracious reader. I learn a great deal by reading
individual and corporate blogs online. If you're like me,
I bet you want to to know who provides the most valuable
content at every stage of business ownership. I put together
a list of 10 top small business blogs to follow to help
you improve skills for running your small business. Remember,
you must grow yourself to lead your business effectively.
:: 5 Ways to Cut Small Business
Expenses with Tech
For initial, up-front investment or a low-cost
monthly subscription fee, there are great tech products
and services that can save you money in the long run on
common business expenses. Here are a few tips for small
businesses with fewer than 10 employees.
:: Brands Small Business Owners Recommend
and Some They Do Not
To trust or not to trust. That is a question small
and medium-sized business owners often find themselves asking
when it comes to relying on certain brands for day to day
business operations and other needs.
Keeping their interests in mind, Alignable, a Boston-based
platform for local businesses, has launched the SMB Trust
Index. It measures companies based on an assigned Net Promoter
Score, submitted by contributors on the Alignable platform.
:: Women-Owned Businesses
Grow, Yet Gender Gap In Small Business Finance Remains
Much has changed since 1994 when the U.S. government
implemented an initiative to spend at least 5% of its contracting
dollars on women-owned businesses. Today, women-owned businesses
in the U.S. account for approximately 9.4 million companies
and generate more than $1.5 trillion in revenue nationwide.
Although it has taken more than two decades to reach its
goal, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced
that small businesses that are majority owned
by women earned $17.8 billion in federal contracting dollars,
which amounts to about 5% of the $400 billion budget for