One of the first steps to business planning is determining your target market and why they would want to buy from you. For example, is the market you serve the best one for your product or service? Are the benefits of dealing with your business clear and are they aligned with customer needs? If you’re […]
SCORE mentors deliver FREE, confidential, valuable advice for your business needs. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you reach customers and achieve your goals. Start now by choosing one of the two options meeting face-to-face or meeting with your mentor online. Visit SCORE.org to learn more.
The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year. The Small Business Administration’s Office of Government Contracting & Business Development works with federal agencies to award at least 23 percent of all prime government contract dollars to small businesses and help […]
We are proud to be a leading content provider–along with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Small Business Adminstration–to the eBay Small Business Center. The Center provides a wide variety of information, statistics, features and help for entrepreneurs who want to launch a small business and for small business owners who hope to grow […]
It’s ok to quote people on your blog or website, but it is against the law to cut and paste large blocks of copy and other content. Try to quote not more than 10% of the material. Make your point, honor the original material, by listing your source and get back to your own writing. If you […]
Are you giving a talk, speech or presentation? Make sure you video your presentation. Maximize it by getting publicity via YouTube and Vimeo. Use the content over and over again and generate further interest for your efforts. Tweet it, post it on facebook and don’t forget to offer it to local TV stations who might […]
The NFL consulted with the IFA to develop the NFL Franchising Boot Camp program that will take place this month at the University of Michigan. The four-day program offers former and active NFL players the opportunity to learn about franchise industry opportunities from franchisees, franchisors, professors, former players and executives.
If you’re undecided about exhibiting at the upcoming IFA International Franchise Expo in New York City from June 20 through 22 because your brand is not registered to sell franchises in New York State, relax. The state recently renewed a limited exemption for U.S.-based franchisors and international companies from its franchise-sales regulations, allowing franchisors that are not […]
Are you eager to start a business that you can run from home, your car/van or backyard but don’t know what biz to start and how to get it up and running? Join us for our new Saturday web feature: Startup Saturdays. Each Saturday at 8 am EST we’ll post information about a hot business […]
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event—America’s Small Business Summit— empowers you to make a big impact. By uniting with small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country you will have the opportunity to learn, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns. The event will allow you to access the experience and […]
Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, generating eighty percent of jobs and half of GDP. They also create the foundation for healthy, diverse neighborhoods and strong local economies. So why are we starving these vital enterprises? What can we do? Locavesting by Amy Cortese, is a call to rethink the way we […]
Fernando Lorenzo, Minister of Economy and Finance of Uruguayand Jose W. Fernandez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, are confirmed keynote speakers at the Second Annual Trade Americas Expo: Creating an Environment for Business Opportunities in the Hemisphere, hosted by Latin Trade Group in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), June 20 – 21 […]