Tag Archives: SCORE

A Simple Recipe for Social Media Success

social media

As a small business, social media is overwhelming and often feels like you’re just spinning your wheels. You have to figure out where to be, how to be engaging, and how to get results — all with a limited amount of time and resources. SCORE provides a recipe for social media that saves time and gets results to grow your business. Learn how to get started and choose the right…

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Grow Your Business Through Mentorship


When you start a new business, the possibilities are endless. From the type of products or services to deciding a company name, you can take any direction you want. Being your own boss can also come with challenges. When you own a business, it’s up to you to set priorities and make decisions. You may encounter situations you haven’t faced before and feel unsure about how to proceed. Fortunately, you…

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SBA Hosts National Virtual Conference

Small Business Week Virtual Conference

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are hosting a free online conference. Taking place May 7-8 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the conference offers exclusive educational webinars and mentoring sessions. Participates will also experience networking opportunities as well as have access to downloadable resources. Participating industry experts include those from Visa, Chase, Constant Contact, Square and Google. Representatives will talk about the…

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Mentoring: the Missing Link to Small Business Growth and Survival

As a former small business owner and entrepreneur, I know first-hand the support, resources and access to networks and financing that entrepreneurs need. While there are many businesses that experience success, the fact remains that only half of all small businesses survive more than five years (source: SBA Office of Advocacy); and about 10-12 percent of all employee-based firms close each year. There is growing evidence, however, that connecting a business…

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Choosing the Right Business Structure

Choosing which business structure is right for you is a crucial step when starting a business. The entity you select has legal, financial and operational implications. Here are three factors to consider when choosing a business structure. Business Taxes Business owners must meet all federal, state and local tax obligations to stay in good legal standing. The type of business structure you choose impacts your personal liability and which taxes your…

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Travel the Digital Highway

SCORE volunteer Rebecca Esparza talks about digital marketing during a seminar hosted by the Small Business Administration in Harlingen.

The signs are everywhere but if you don’t have a road map it’s easy to get lost. That’s very true in today’s mobile world, although your company vehicle does not have wheels and it fits in the palm of your hand. Yes, welcome to the increasingly challenging world of digital marketing. Promoting a business digitally is nothing new, but it’s growing and changing every day. It’s becoming more and more…

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The Path to Starting a Business

Retired businessman and SCORE volunteer Lionel Levin speaks to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs. (VBR)

A retired pipefitter and welder said he wanted to gather information that would “help my grandchildren get something better than I’ve got.” Others in the room were considering starting businesses such as a second-hand boutique, a construction company and an environmental consulting firm. What they all had in common was a desire to find success owning and operating their own business. About 30 people gathered in January at the Small…

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Virtual Conference Addresses Small Business Success

Free half-day event includes multiple webinars An upcoming virtual conference hosted by SCORE and Verisign will provide small businesses information to succeed as well as win prizes from the comfort of a computer. The “Small Business Success Virtual Conference” takes place Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and offers ten educational webinars, free advice from business mentors, a resource center, exhibitor booths, and networking chat rooms. Webinars include:…

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Online Marketing Webinar aids businesses in extending marketing

online marketing challenges addressed at SBA webinar The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE have teamed up for a webinar April 25 to help small business owners address online marketing including how to attract more web traffic and increase online sales. The webinar also addresses cost-effectively ways to reach existing customers and use of free online listings to be found locally. The live webinar, “Don’t Let Marketing Bite You: Four Ways…

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