Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating.

With SCORE, you have lots of support. Browse these tools and find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Your SCORE mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.

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The Biggest Holiday Challenges for Retailers and How to Prepare for the Rush

December 18, 2018,

For small business and solo retailers, the holiday season presents some of the highest stakes and biggest challenges. Read these tips on how to prepare now.

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Female Entrepreneurs: How to Weave Your Authentic Story into Marketing

November 28, 2018,

People purchase from brands that they know, like and trust. Here are three simple ways to weave your authentic story into your marketing strategy.

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What Makes or Breaks a Successful Small Business?

November 27, 2018,

What makes or breaks a successful small business? Here’s a closer look at four things successful business owners do right—and one thing they need to do better.

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Five Ways Service-Based Businesses Can Use Small Business Saturday to Boost Their Brands

November 6, 2018,

If your business provides services instead of products, you can still reap the rewards of Small Business Saturday. Here are some ideas for promoting your brand.

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Get Found Online with These 3 SEO Tactics

October 9, 2018,

SEO was once a specialized skill that required hiring a professional. Now, there are plenty of tools and tips you can use to improve your website’s SEO by yourself.

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The Elevator Pitch: What, Why and How?

August 21, 2018,

An elevator pitch is a concise introduction of a business, a product or a service. Learn why you need one and how to create it.

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How Cross-Channel Marketing Can Help Your Small Business

July 31, 2018,

Learn how a cross-channel marketing, also known as omni-channel marketing approach to marketing, can yield better results.

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Questions to Ask Franchisors

Download this template for a list of questions you should ask a potential franchisor before entering into any kind of agreement. Read more

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Why Authenticity is Underrated in Small Business Marketing

July 11, 2018,

In today’s authenticity-driven marketing landscape, small businesses have a leg-up on big businesses. Learn how your small business can compete against large companies.

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How to Write a Marketing Plan in 5 Easy Steps

July 10, 2018,

Knowing how to write a marketing plan can mean the difference between scattershot marketing well-thought-out marketing that helps grow your business.

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Four Essential Elements to Infuse in Your Personal Branding Efforts

July 5, 2018,

When you own a small business, you and your company image are entwined. By making your personal branding efforts a priority, you can boost awareness of your company and attract new customers.

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