Starting a Small Business - How SCORE Makes it Easy For the Entrepreneur

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Do you dream of being your own boss but have nightmares trying to figure out where to start? Do you have a great product or service but lack the knowledge to run a business? Do you need guidance and encouragement to find your target market, develop your marketing plan, or secure financing? Do you desire honest feedback concerning your decision whether or not to become a small business owner? SCORE can help.
SCORE is a group of successful business people who volunteer their time and use their expertise to mentor those in small businesses.
They provide training and free confidential counseling to entrepreneurs throughout the United States.
To find a SCORE chapter near you, visit the SCORE Web site and type in your ZIP code.
Let a SCORE counselor help you begin living your dream.
I discovered SCORE when I first began exploring entrepreneurship.
I was fortunate to be paired with a retired businessman who listened, asked clarifying questions, and helped me go from a broad idea to a concise, implementable plan.
He and the SCORE team, in cooperation with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, taught me to · clarify a business concept · find information on industry profiles and trends, customer demographics, target markets, and the competition · create a niche · identify services best suited to that niche · set prices according to value and benefits · choose marketing methods and tools that convey benefits to prospects and customers · make financial projections · determine risk · use best accounting practices · secure capital by being credit worthy · make tools and technology part of doing business · set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-sensitive With this assistance, I created and implemented a business plan that was easy to follow.
Although several years have passed and I have expanded my business, the plan is still useful.
Contact a SCORE counselor through the SCORE Web site at http://www.
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Start your journey toward operating a successful, growing small business of your own.
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