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Business Articles by SCORE


Welcome to the Archives of the “Ask SCORE” Articles
written by Dean L. Swanson, SCORE Mentor and
District Director of SCORE Minnesota.

 

ARTICLES FROM 2014
DATE PUBLISHED TITLE DOWNLOAD/VIEW*
April 16, 2014 CEOs Tell All > download
April 09, 2014 Confessions of CEOs > download
April 02, 2014 Balance is the key to Thriving for CEOs > download
March 26, 2014 Maximize your Website Value > download
March 19, 2014 Balance Is Important For Working Remotely > download
March 12, 2014 Mobile Marketing For Small Businesses > download
March 05, 2014 Mobile Office For a Small Business > download
February 26, 2014 Help For Account Collestion > download
February 19, 2014 Security Basics For Small Businesses > download
February 12, 2014 Instagram For Your Business > download
February 05, 2014 Deciding to Expand Your Business > download
January 29, 2014 Ask The Hard Questions? > download
January 22, 2014 Should You Start Your Own Business? > download
January 15, 2014 Develop Your Pitch > download
January 08, 2014 Business Equity for Services Rendered > download
January 01, 2014 Business Tips for 2014 > download
ARTICLES FROM 2013
DATE PUBLISHED TITLE DOWNLOAD/VIEW*
December 25, 2013 "Value added" Doesn't Cost, It Pays > download
December 18, 2013 SMART Business Goals For 2014 > download
December 11, 2013 Hire Veterans and Save on Taxes > download
December 04, 2013 Measuring Operations > download
November 27, 2013 Measuring and Documenting Operations > download
November 20, 2013 Company Goals and Business Operations > download
November 13, 2013 Managing Your Business Operations > download
November 06, 2013 Employees With Addictions > download
October 30, 2013 Funding for Strategic Growth > download
October 23, 2013 Managing Business Risks > download
October 16, 2013 Creating a Cash Flow Forecast > download
October 09, 2013 Understanding Financial Statements > download
October 02, 2013 Accounting and Bookkeeping For the Business > download
September 25, 2013 The Basics Of Financial Management For The Business > download
September 18, 2013 CRM Can Increase Your Sales > download
September 11, 2013 Tax Tips for New Businesses > download
September 04, 2013 Setting Sales Goals and Benchmarking > download
August 28, 2013 Health Care Act and Small Businesses > download
August 21, 2013 Distribution Channels > download
August 14, 2013 Keeping Existing Customers > download
August 07, 2013 Marketing Options > download
July 31, 2013 Competitive Marketing Analysis > download
July 24, 2013 Have Your Business’ Needs Changed? > download
July 17, 2013 Managing Employees > download
July 10, 2013 Bringing On the New Employee > download
July 03, 2013 Finding and Contracting Employees > download
June 26, 2013 Hiring Practices > download
June 19 2013 Finding Time > download
June 12, 2013 Strategic Planning For Your Business > download
June 05, 2013 Growing Your Business
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May 29, 2013 Responding to Customer’s Complaints and Suggestions > download
May 22, 2013 Mobile Devices And Your Website > download
May 15, 2013 Lessons from JC Penney > download
May 08, 2013 Is Good Customer Service Dead? > download
May 01, 2013 Grow Your Business With Your Competitors Customers > download
April 24, 2013 The Cost of Bad Customer Service > download
April 17, 2013 Customers Don’t Always Tell The Truth > download
April 10, 2013 Women In Business > download
April 03, 2013 How Big is a Business Plan? > download
March 27, 2013 Business Marketers Create Survey Fatigue > download
March 20, 2013 SEO to WPO > download
March 13, 2013 Lessons From a Pumpkin Patch > download
March 06, 2013 Can a Business Fail While Profitable? > download
February 27, 2013 Geese Lessons For The Small Business > download
February 20, 2013 Your Monthly Cash Flow Checklist > download
February 13, 2013 Business Ratios > download
February 06, 2013 Forecasting Profit and Loss and Cash Flow > download
January 30, 2013 What is Forecasting? > download
January 23, 2013 Choosing an Accounting Method > download
January 16, 2013 Small Business Report Cards > download
January 09, 2013 Basic Business Accounting Principles > download
January 02, 2013 Starting Right > download
ARTICLES FROM 2012
DATE PUBLISHED TITLE DOWNLOAD/VIEW*
December 26, 2012 Know Your Business Numbers > download
December 19, 2012 Strategies When Cash is Tight > download
December 12, 2012 Growth Pains of a new Business > download
December 05, 2012 When Hard Times Come > download
November 28, 2012 Controlling Inventory Costs > download
November 21, 2012 Lowering Employee Costs > download
November 14, 2012 Lower Fixed Costs > download
November 07, 2012 Does Spending More on Business Mean You'll Pay Less Taxes? > download
October 31, 2012 Controlling Expenses > download
October 24, 2012 Diversify Your Business Income > download
October 17, 2012 Spring, Summer, Winter, Fail? > download
October 03, 2012 Managing Your Sales Income > download
September 26, 2012 Profits, Income, and Pricing > download
September 19, 2012 A Large Business Provides Grant to Help Small Businesses > download
September 12, 2012 Know Your Business Numbers > download
September 05, 2012 Every Business Decision Is A Financial Decision > download
August 29, 2012 Young Business Entrepreneurs > download
August 22, 2012 Building Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty > download
August 15, 2012 Small Business Helps Curiosity in Space > download
August 08, 2012 Has Relationship Selling Died? > download
August 01, 2012 Sales Strategies For The Small Business > download
July 25, 2012 What is Your TAM, SAM and SOM? > download
July 18, 2012 Women-Owned Businesses Among The Leaders In Job Creation > download
July 11, 2012 Is it a Fake? > download
July 04, 2012 Learning From Young Entrepreneurs > download
June 27, 2012 Summer Job Options for College Students > download
June 20, 2012 Increasing Sales Strategically > download
June 13, 2012 The Cure for the Small Businesses Blues > download
June 06, 2012 Cyber Attacks on Small Businesses > download
May 30, 2012 It’s all in How You Use the Tool > download
May 23, 2012 What Is Your Business Data Protection Plan? > download
May 16, 2012 Create a Sustainable Business…the real goal for all startups > download
May 09, 2012 The Check’s In The Mail > download
May 02, 2012 Success Begins Before the Business Plan > download
April 25, 2012 Happy Customers > download
April 18, 2012 Unique Ways to Obtain Growth Funding > download
April 11, 2012 What Drives a Successful Business? > download
April 04, 2012 Business Card Marketing > download
March 28, 2012 Business Loan Refinancing Available > download
March 21, 2012 A Marketing Success Story > download
March 14, 2012 Where are Jill's Customers? > download
March 07, 2012 If Your Company Sucks, Make Changes > download
February 29, 2012 “Like us”, “Follow us”, “Plus us”….Why?? > download
February 22, 2012 Do you know about your Customers’ Pain Points? > download
February 15, 2012 Free Source For Increasing Business Success > download
February 08, 2012 Where’s My Refund? > download
February 01, 2012 Most Small Businesses Report Success in 2011, but… > download
January 25, 2012 What I wish I knew before I Started My Business > download
January 18, 2012 Word of Mouth Power > download
January 11, 2012 Why Do you Want Your Own Business? > download
January 04, 2012 Marketing Buzz for Business in 2012 > download
ARTICLES FROM 2011
DATE PUBLISHED TITLE DOWNLOAD/VIEW*
December 28, 2011 Businesses Still Trying to Figure out Social Media > download
December 21, 2011 Tips on Raising Money for Starting or Growing Your Business > download
December 14, 2011 Tips for Email and Website Marketing > download
December 07, 2011 Top Ten Reasons For a Pre-tax Audit > download
November 30, 2011 Reflections on Small Business Saturday > download
November 23, 2011 Frustrations of a Business Owner > download
November 16, 2011 Can’t Deliver? What Can I Do? > download
November 09, 2011 Small Businesses Use Square Magic > download
November 02, 2011 Where are the Inventors? > download
October 26, 2011 Why Are You In Business? > download
October 19, 2011 Marketing Your New Product or New Business > download
October 12, 2011 What is A Business Expenses? > download
October 05, 2011 Grants For Promoting Exports > download
Sept. 28, 2011 Loans, Grants & Funding For Small Businesses > download
Sept. 21, 2011 Stepping Out of Your Business > download
Sept. 14, 2011 Lies Business Owners Tell Themselves > download
Sept. 07, 2011 Avoid Networking Mistakes > download
August 31, 2011 Become a Business Networker > download
August 24, 2011 Home Office Tax Deduction > download
August 17, 2011 Claim Your Listing > download
August 10, 2011 Small Businesses Mentored by SCORE > download
August 03, 2011 Small Businesses Benefit from SCORE Mentoring > download
July 27, 2011 Does Your Online Business Need to Collect Sales Tax? > download
July 20, 2011 Doing Business Online > download
July 13, 2011 A Home Based Business can be Great! > download
July 6, 2011 Pitfalls of a Home-Based Business > download
June 29, 2011 Setting Up your Business Payroll System > download
June 22, 2011 Managing Your Business Credit > download
June 15, 2011 Using Online Payment Services > download
June 08, 2011 Offering Credit to Your Customers > download
June 01, 2011 Consider the Pros and Cons of Plastic Payments > download
May 25, 2011 Accepting Checks in Your Business > download
May 18, 2011 Doing Business with Cash Only > download
May 11, 2011 How to Begin Exporting > download
May 04, 2011 Could your next Customer be Outside the U.S.? > download
April 27, 2011 Taking Your Business Abroad > download
April 20, 2011 Online Business…a good sales strategy? > download
April 13, 2011 How Do Your Customers Find Your Business? > download
April 06, 2011 What’s Happened to Employee Loyalty and Satisfaction? > download
March 30, 2011 What’s Hot in Business Marketing? > download
March 23, 2011 Businesses Licenses and Permits > download
March 16, 2011 Laws & Regulations Affect Small Businesses > download 
March 09, 2011 Is The Price Right? > download
March 02, 2011 “Crowdsourcing”, A Tool for Your Business > download
February 23, 2011 Where are the Customers? > download
February 16, 2011 Grow Your Business By Making It a Franchise > download
February 09, 2011 Financing Growth for a Small Business > download
February 02, 2011 Keeping Customers “Engaged” Using Digital Media > download
January 26, 2011 Using Digital Media for Marketing Can Be Tricky > download
January 19, 2011 Round Tables Help Small Businesses > download
January 05, 2011 Taking Your Small Business to the Next Level in 2011 > download
ARTICLES FROM 2010
DATE PUBLISHED TITLE DOWNLOAD/VIEW*
December 29, 2010 Business Ideas and Trends for 2011 > download
December 22, 2010 Sharpen Your “Work-finding” Skills for the New Year > download
December 15, 2010 E-Commerce And Small Business? > download
December 08, 2010 SCORE Counseling Makes a Difference > download
December 01, 2010 Small Business Survival > download
November 24, 2010 Small Businesses Impact Our Economy > download
November 17, 2010 Good Planning is Key to Successful Ownership Transfer > download
November 10, 2010 Transferring Ownership in a Family-Owned Business > download
November 03, 2010 The Business Goblins > download
October 27, 2010 Business Insurance Prepares For the Unexpected > download
October 20, 2010 Financing Your Business > download
October 13, 2010 Getting a Handle on Business Expenses > download
October 06, 2010 Look at the Legal Structure When Buying a Business > download
Sept. 29, 2010 Starting a New Business?….Find Your Niche! > download
Sept. 22, 2010 Thinking About Starting a New Business….I Dare You! > download
Sept. 15, 2010 Changes In Tax-Favored Health Plans > download
Sept. 08, 2010 Dollars and Cents of Small Business > download
Sept. 01, 2010 Strategic Thinking can help Maintain Business Momentum > download
August 25, 2010 How Do I Get Out of a Contract? > download
August 18, 2010 What is a Contract? > download
August 11, 2010 Need an Affordable Health Care Option? Consider an HSA > download
August 04, 2010 What is a Small Business? > download
July 28, 2010 Sixteen Steps to Get Out of A Business > download
July 21, 2010 How to Get Out of A Business > download
July 07, 2010 Marketing Needs to be Consistent with Daily Practice > download
June 30, 2010 Marketing Ideas > download
June 23, 2010 Targeted Marketing for the Small Business > download
June 16, 2010 Creating a Successful Marketing Strategy > download
June 09, 2010 Running an Ethical Business > download
June 02, 2010 Affordable Care Act and Small Businesses > download
May 26, 2010 A Financial Checklist for the Small Business (Part 6) > download
May 19, 2010 A Financial Checklist for the Small Business (Part 5) > download
May 12, 2010 A Financial Checklist for the Small Business (Part 4) > download
May 05, 2010 A Financial Checklist for the Small Business (Part 3) > download
April 28, 2010 A Financial Checklist for the Small Business (Part 2) > download
April 21, 2010 A Financial Checklist for the Small Business (Part 1) > download
April 14, 2010 The Rewards of Franchising > download
April 07, 2010 Yes, The IRS Can Help? > download
March 31, 2010 Small Business Resources Aid Veterans > download
March 24, 2010 Update: Email Marketing for Small Businesses > download
March 17, 2010 The Next Generation of Business Planning > download
March 10, 2010 Protecting Your Business Idea > download
March 03, 2010 Keep Insurance Coverage Current > download
February 24, 2010 Where are the Free Grants for Small Businesses? > download
February 17, 2010 Choose Accounting Services Carefully > download
February 10, 2010 Sole Proprietorship Isn’t Always the Best Choice > download
February 03, 2010 Accuracy is Essential in Small Business Valuations > download
January 27, 2010 Bridge Your Short-Term Staffing Needs With Talented Temps > download
January 20, 2010 Put Time on Your Side With Better Task Management > download
January 13, 2010 Is Social Media the Magic Bullet for Small Business Marketing ? > download
January 06, 2010 Social Media and Business? > download
ARTICLES FROM 2009
DATE PUBLISHED TITLE DOWNLOAD/VIEW*
December 30, 2009 IRS Small Business Changes for 2010 > download
December 09, 2009 The Internet Is a Wide-Open World for Small Business Start-Ups > download
December 02, 2009 Good Habits Can Translate Into Great Sales > download
November 25, 2009 Talk Isn’t Cheap When It Comes to Word-of-Mouth Marketing > download
November 18, 2009 Small Business Survivors Plan for Success > download
November 11, 2009 Plan Now to Survive the Seasonal Sales Cycle > download
November 04, 2009 Use Mindful Management to Control Routine Costs > download
October 28, 2009 A Sound Marketing Strategy is a Must for Small Businesses > download
October 14, 2009 Overtime Awareness Will Protect You and Your Employees > download
October 07, 2009 Some Insights on Successful Outsourcing > download
September 30, 2009 What Business Structure is Best for My New Company? > download
September 23, 2009 Your Price is Right—If You Do Your Homework > download
September 16, 2009 Good Planning Will Help You Know How to Grow > download
September 09, 2009 The Potential Power--and Pitfalls--of Partnerships > download
September 02, 2009 Point, Click, Read: The Power of Good Web Copy > download
August 26, 2009 Ethics: Don’t Do Business without Them > download
August 12, 2009 Borrowing From Friends, Family Requires Wise Management > download
August 05, 2009 Build a Better Business By Listening to Your Customers > download
July 29, 2009 Equipment Leasing Equals Lasting Value > download
July 22, 2009 Use Search Engines to Rev Up Your Web Traffic > download
July 15, 2009 When It Comes to Collections, Never Assume > download
July 08, 2009 “Green” Business: The Shade of Things to Come > download
     
     
     
     
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