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Ten Tips for Small Business Owners During Tough Financial Times

by Jim Martin

Each time the US economy slows, small business owners face tough financial times, many for the first time. Financial problems consume time and valuable business resources, but they must be resolved proactively. Many small business owners under-utilize the resources provided to them by their banker The American Banking Association has… [READ MORE]About { title }

Don’t Let Fear Limit Your Success

by Jim Martin

Don’t be afraid to take risks. You cannot succeed without taking risks. The simply act of opening a business is a risk. If you never take a risk, you will never offer anything that is not already available in the market. Being novel is a risk. If you interview a… [READ MORE]About { title }

Eight Tips for Starting a Restaurant

by Jim Martin

Starting a food business is a challenge. Most fail within the first year. The restaurant business may be the toughest. Vision and ambition are important, but turning them into success requires research, planning, capital, business acumen, perseverance, more research and more planning (and even then you have to survive a… [READ MORE]About { title }

Don’t Let Your Friends Tell You How to Run Your Business

by Jim Martin

Relatives and friends love to give advice to those who have opened (or bought) a business. Their intent may be good, but listening to them could be painful. Consider this: would you make three visits to the train station and assume that qualifies you to try to run the railroad?… [READ MORE]About { title }

An Easy Approach to Passwords

by Jim Martin

Passwords are a problem. You need them, but you can never remember them. You also need too many of them. You’ve got one (or two, if your significant other shares the account) for each credit card, your bank account, your insurance company, your home computer, your business computer, your email… [READ MORE]About { title }

Some Tax Ideas For Start-Ups

by Jim Martin

For an entrepreneur, the tax decisions that must be made in the first few years can be confusing. For example, there are tax advantages to registering as a C corporation, but those differ from the tax advantages of an S Corporation. The key question that you have to address with… [READ MORE]About { title }

Starting on the Wrong Foot in the Wrong Direction

by Jim Martin

At the latest startup conference the person on stage pitched his method which agreed with the last book you read. He swore that you can ride your idea to fame and wealth by starting your own business. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, particularly if he says you can’t do it without… [READ MORE]About { title }

Creating Creative Employees

by Jim Martin

You wouldn’t be in business if you didn’t have some tendency toward innovation, but you can become even more successful if you encourage your employees to be creative as well. Innovators capitalize on new ideas, new technologies and new developments in the market place. Big changes are obvious, but small… [READ MORE]About { title }

Workshop on June 8, 2017

by Jim Martin

On Thursday June 8, SCORE will offer a workshop entitled SimpleSTEPS for Starting Your Business. This SCORE workshop will give attendees an appreciation of what it takes to successfully start and grow a small business. Drawn from the actual experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders, this workshop is designed… [READ MORE]About { title }

Improving Your Customer Service

by Jim Martin

We live in an era of service. People are very conscious of the way they are treated and very quick to react to perceived poor treatment. Of particular concern is the manner in which businesses handle customer problems. Customer service complaints are many. Surveys have indicated that the most satisfactory… [READ MORE]About { title }