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Test Your Business Idea Economically

by Jim Martin

By Caron Beesley

You have an idea for a new product or solution you think will be a sure-fire hit. Don’t be in too much of a hurry. To find out if your idea has traction, you need to test it. This often-overlooked step can help you refine your offering… [READ MORE]About { title }

Workshop on October 19, 2017

by Jim Martin

On Thursday October 19, SCORE will offer a workshop exploring the possibilities of business ownership as a vehicle for achieving your L.I.F.E. (Lifestyle, Income, Flexibility and Equity) goals. Among the topics to be duscussed are several approaches and choices in business ownership, how to identify the type of business best… [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 }

Are Your HR Practices Up-To-Date?

by Jim Martin

Hiring, recruiting and managing people and benefits and more comprise the task of human resources. While many small business owners feel HR can be taxing, it’s a necessity in which all business owners should be well-versed, and be able to handle any issue that may come up in the day-to-day… [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 }

Workshop on September 14, 2017

by Jim Martin

SCORE will offer “Basic Bookkeeping and Accounting for Small Business” on September 14 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Simpkins Family Swim Center. This workshop will cover the basic principles of accounting and bookkeeping that every small business owner should know. The cost will be $35, and further details can… [READ MORE]About { title }

Using the Cloud for Your Business

by Jim Martin

You can use the cloud for storage and save substantially. If you own a data-intensive business, you can avoid the cost of buying more memory capacity. The public cloud won’t work for every storage or application need, but you can evaluate your use by looking in these areas:

Security. The… [READ MORE]About { title }

Make Sure You Get Your Money from Your Customer

by Jim Martin

Where do you find the money to pay rent, utilities, your employees, your suppliers and all those other monthly expenses? You obviously use what your customers and clients pay you. But what if those funds don’t come in on time (or at all)? Ulcers and night sweats!! What can you… [READ MORE]About { title }

Do You Want to Create a Niche Market?

by Jim Martin

A myth persists that the best way to become an entrepreneur is to find a niche no one else has discovered. Doing so isn’t easy. Lots of things can happen to cripple a niche effort. Examine what you have to do to exploit that niche, and you might decide it… [READ MORE]About { title }