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                                                                                                            February 2011

Pittsburgh SCORE BizSuccessTips
Don't start 2011 off with your finances in shambles! Take control of your money and your success.
Get personalized advice on how to become fiscally fit. Make an appointment with a SCORE expert at your local Pittsburgh SCORE office. 

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Success Secrets
Get Financially Smart in 2011 
  • walletMoney Matters. You can't start or run a business without money. And you'd better make sure your personal finances are also in good shape, too. Learn more.
  • Tracking Your Business Finances. Does creating an accurate profit-and-loss statement seem like a daunting task? Take our online workshop to help you through the process.
  • Yes, You Can Get a Loan... but it won't be easy. Learn how to get the financing you need from small business expert Steve Strauss

Resources for You
Carol RothGet the Scoop
. Small business advisor Carol Roth tells it like it is. Roth uses her "tough love" style to help entrepreneurs by vetting business ideas to negotiating deals. Subscribe to SCORE's ExpertAnswers newsletter to learn more.


Keep Your Business Secure. SCORE has partnered with AVG Technologies, which makes antivirus security products for small and midsized businesses and consumers, to provide security solutions and online security workshops to SCORE members. Find out more.

Expert Insight

Eric Groves, SVP, Global Market Development, Constant ContactEric Groves

Learn the secrets of e-mail marketing from guest blogger Eric Groves. As senior vice president, Groves helped build Constant Contact into one of the nation's top online marketing tools for small business. Don't miss out 





Upcoming Events


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" Small Business Basics" Workshop    

Get the basic information you need to put your new

small business on the path to success at the SCORE

Small Business Basics Workshop.  Local finance,

accounting, legal, and marketing professionals

together with SCORE Counselors will provide you

with information about how to start a small business.

What they all have in common is the desire

to help you succeed!


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Dec 3       


Barry MoltzFebruary 10, 2011. Special Event Webinar: What NOT to Say in Your Business Plan. Join SCORE and entrepreneurship expert Barry Moltz for a live webinar on how to create a business plan that impresses partners and investors,  without promising too much. Sign up today.


February 17, 2011. Special Event Webinar: The Entrepreneur Equation. 

Find out what "tell-it-like-it-is" small business expert Carol Roth has to say about whether or not you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Maximize your success and register now.



Success Stories: Like Father, Like Son 


Tom HodgeTom Hodge learned his passion for tooling and machining from his father, a toolmaker for General Motors for 37 years. When Tom decided to leave the shop floor and start his own business, he turned to SCORE, where he learned that preparation, flexibility and adaptation are the keys to success. 


"Starting my own machining business has been a dream of mine since I began working in the trade at the age of 18. I reached out to SCORE for assistance with my business plan and was teamed up with a mentor who had owned a successful manufacturing business for 23 years. He taught me how to realign my thinking and make decisions from the business perspective. My SCORE mentor helped me start my business off strong and give it the best chance to succeed in the long term." Find out more. 


Tom Hodge, Absolute CNC Machining, LLC
Website: www.absolutecnc.us


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Success Secrets: Get Financially Smart in 2011
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BizSuccessTips Editor Rieva Lesonsky is founder and CEO of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company. A nationally recognized small-business expert, Lesonsky has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and numerous local and national television programs. Read more of her insights and buy her books at www.SmallBizDaily.com.

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