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When Starting Your Business, Walk Before You Run

Article Language: English
February 26, 2022

Answer these five fundamental questions to build your Business Proposition that will become the foundation for your business plan.

Author: Joe Fernandez, SCORE Pinellas County

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12 Questions to Answer when Negotiating Your Commercial Lease

Article Language: English
January 24, 2022

Retail and commercial leases are complex legal contracts. Many details will affect how much freedom you will have and how much money you will spend over the term of that lease. However, with some planning, knowledge, and help, you can negotiate terms that will support, not hinder, the pursuit of your dream. Whether you're renting space for a retail shop, office or production facility - these 12 questions will prepare you for a successful negotiation.
Author: Joe Fernandez, SCORE Pinellas County

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SBA Loans Explained – A 101 for Small Business Owners

Article Language: English
August 19, 2016

If you have struggled to get financing in the past or are thinking of venturing into small business loan territory for the first time, you may be wondering what SBA’s loan programs are all about.

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Starting a Black Beauty Business

Article Language: English
August 11, 2022,

Now that most cities and states have lifted mask mandates and people are returning to their offices, women are buying more cosmetics. They are purchasing 70% more than they did pre-pandemic, according to the “Makeup Attitudes and Usage Report” from The NPD Group.

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10 Ways To Celebrate National Black Business Month

Article Language: English
August 4, 2022,

To help you best support Black-owned businesses, we asked Black business owners and leaders this question for their best recommendations. From promoting Black-owned businesses on social media to providing Black founders with more access to funding, several recommendations may help you offer the best support to Black-owned businesses as you celebrate National Black Business Month.

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12 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Article Language: English
August 2, 2022,

To help you develop the best habits for success as an entrepreneur, we asked successful entrepreneurs and business owners this question for their best insights. From learning to make quick decisions to demonstrating moral courage, several habits are considered important in making entrepreneurs successful.

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How to Cover for Employees When They’re Gone for an Extended Period

Article Language: English
July 29, 2022,

If the past few years have taught small business owners anything, it’s the unpredictability of life. Assuming that your SMB weathered the pandemic, you are understandably concerned about shoring things up ahead of the next crisis. If you’re starting your own company, you’ll want to adopt a few tried-and-true practices to guard against the unexpected.

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

Article Language: English
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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Businesses and Data Security Threats

Article Language: English
July 25, 2022,

Data security is a serious and ever-growing issue for businesses big and small (not to mention the affected consumers). Threats such as data breaches, identity theft and fraud, and large-scale credit card leaks are never far from the latest business news.

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Best Legal Entities for Rural Entrepreneurs

Article Language: English
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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AAPI Small Business Grants through Reimagine Main Street

Article Language: English
July 21, 2022

Reimagine Main Street is currently taking applications, through July 26, 2022, for AAPI grant applicants. The grant is designed to support AAPI entrepreneurs from challenges they may have faced or are still dealing with from the pandemic.

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12 Resources to Help Independent Retailers Succeed

Article Language: English
July 21, 2022,

From synergizing with Google Map Pack to using social media, there are several resources to help independent retailers succeed.

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