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Ask SCORE October 2012 - Saving Business Records

My father, who started and ran our lighting supply business for 35 years, believed in saving everything when it came to financial records. Now that I’ve taken over the business, I... Read more

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Ask SCORE August 2012 - Boosting Online Sales

Sales at my specialty toy store are extremely seasonal, with the vast majority of revenue coming in the last quarter of the year. Surviving until the holidays has long been a... Read more

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Ask SCORE, July 2012 - Programs for Veterans

I recently purchased a small tool and die business that I would like to expand. I’m told that, as a veteran, there are programs available to help me accomplish this. How can I... Read more

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Ask SCORE, May 2012 - Personal Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Like many, I’ve been a victim of the recession. My family has suggested I consider starting my own business, but I’m not sure whether I’m cut out to do that. What does it take to... Read more

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Ask SCORE, October 2011 - Website Basics

I've operated a septic cleaning service for three years and done reasonably well. I've begun to think that the business might benefit from having a website, but I'm... Read more

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Ask SCORE, August 2011 - Coping With Seasonal Sales

Sales at my specialty toy store are extremely seasonal, with the vast majority of revenue coming in the last quarter of the year. Surviving until the holidays has long been a... Read more

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Ask SCORE, July 2011 - Business Leadership

Though my wholesale building supply business is profitable, I can’t help feeling we’re not operating up to our potential. As the company’s leader, what can I do to give us the... Read more

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Managing Your Credit Score

For most start-ups and early stage small businesses, the key factor in whether a lender will loan you money is your personal credit score. But just how do those credit agencies... Read more

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Ask SCORE, June 2011 - Business Leasing

    I recently graduated from chiropractic school and plan to open my own practice. I’m going to need various medical equipment, such as chiropractic tables, x-ray machine, etc.,... Read more

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Ask SCORE, May 2011 - Franchises

I recently accepted a buyout from my former employer and have decided to go into business for myself. A number of people have suggested that I consider buying a franchise, as... Read more

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Ask SCORE, September 2010 - Family Business

My brother-in-law and I have been discussing going into business together; we’ve yet to decide what type of business. What advice do you have about the pluses and minuses of going... Read more

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Ask SCORE, September 2009 - Competing Against The Big Guys

I’ve owned a decorating store (paint, wallpaper, window coverings, etc.) for more than ten years. Though we’re operating at a profit, it’s getting harder and harder to compete... Read more

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