Get the information you need to make smart decisions for your business.

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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Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery

Download SCORE’s templates to help you plan for a new business startup or grow your existing business. Read more

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Financial Projections Template

Download this financial projections template to calculate your small business expenses, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement, break-even analysis & more. Read more

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How to Successfully Start a Business with the SCORE Startup Roadmap

The SCORE Startup Roadmap, sponsored by FedEx, is the perfect tool to start the journey to your new business. Read more

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Preparing for your SCORE Appointment

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Preparing for your appointment is optional, but if you do a little beforehand it greatly enhances the effectiveness of your mentoring session and you maximize the mentor’s ability... Read more

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Viability Assessment Exercise

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Take this assessment after you have viewed the recorded workshop. Read more

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The Dos and Don’ts of Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

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July 27, 2022,

According to Business Jargons, an online business encyclopedia, it’s often harder to start a business in rural areas, due to several factors, including a lack of technical know-how and training. But the encyclopedia also points out that several businesses are particularly well-suited for those living in rural America.

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Best Legal Entities for Rural Entrepreneurs

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July 25, 2022,

To ensure rural small business owners have all the facts regarding business structure, here is a quick guide to what entities are available for your rural business and how each can protect you from future legal nightmares.

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Vegan Distribution Q&A

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June 30, 2022,

AAPI Entrepreneur, Vegan Founder, and Animal Lover Shares Their Advice for Business Success

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Examining the Paths to Entrepreneurship

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June 29, 2022

Once again, FranNet and SCORE have partnered together to discuss the pros and cons associated with the different paths to entrepreneurship. Generally speaking, there are three widely accepted options for establishing yourself as a small business owner.

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Mutt's Sauce Small Business Journey

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While serving in the US Air Force, Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. was known for his homemade, all-purpose sauce. Decades later, his granddaughter Charlynda founded Mutt’s Sauce to... Read more

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11 Ways to Grow a Business Through Volunteer Work

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April 14, 2022,

From building camaraderie to inspiring word-of-mouth referrals, there are several ways that volunteering can help grow your business. 

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Volunteering and Other Ways to Give Back to Your Community

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April 13, 2022,

April is National Volunteer Month making it an excellent time to review your company’s volunteer and other charitable efforts.

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12 Small Business Tax-Saving Strategies

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March 24, 2022,

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs save taxes through legitimate and easy ways, we asked experienced entrepreneurs and financial advisors this question for their best strategies. From hiring family members to implementing HSAs, there are several simple ways that may help you save taxes.

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Why Women Should Start Small Businesses

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March 22, 2022,

Female small business owners have a variety of motivators for starting their business from inspiring other women entrepreneurs to showing others that it is possible to overcome the stigmas associated with women-owned businesses. Read on to see results from a recent survey for women entrepreneurs and women of color in business.

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