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                                                                                                            March 2011

Pittsburgh SCORE BizSuccessTips

Be a Web Wonder! Take charge of your future and put your business on the path to online success. 

Give your website a fighting chance by getting one-on-one advice from a SCORE counselor. Make an appointment at your local
SCORE office.

Start today!
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Success Secrets
Smart Steps to Web Success 
  • laptopDoes Your Website Need a Makeover? Are your search rankings down? Is your website looking a little outdated? Your site may need a makeover. Learn more.
  • If You Build It ... Hopefully the customers will come, but what if they don't? Take our online workshop and learn how to build a website that gets results.
  • 7 Deadly Website Mistakes to Avoid. Small business expert Steve Strauss reveals what your website should do for your small business and how to make sure you're not turning customers away. 

Resources for You
heather doughertyWhere the Customers Are
. Ecommerce and online marketing expert Heather Dougherty knows where your customers are: online. Subscribe to SCORE's ExpertAnswers newsletter to find out how to capture online sales.


Need a Business Form? SCORE and Docstoc, a leading document publisher and distributor, have partnered to bring SCORE members all the documents they need to start, manage and grow their businesses. Find out more.


Easy Steps to Online Success. Learn the 7 steps to starting a profitable online business and find out how to handle everything from processing payment to after-sales support. Learn more now.


Expert Insight

DJ Heckes, Author, Full Brain Marketing


Gain valuable insight on how to lead your company to success from small business expert DJ Heckes. This month's SCORE guest blogger shares crucial business and marketing information. Read it now.


 Upcoming Events         
 March 19th, Small Business Basics Workshop Presented by Pittsburgh SCORE

March 19, 2011. Pittsburgh SCORE Workshop: Small Business Basics 


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! Other dates to follow! 


Apr. 16

May 14      

Jun. 18           Register Now!  

Jul. 23


Oct. 15

Dec 3       



michael sanchezMarch 15, 2011. Security Threats of Social Media. Join security expert Michael Sanchez of Cisco to learn how to protect your business from security threats when using social media. You'll learn what to watch out for and what solutions are available to protect your business. Register today.


2011 SCORE Awards. Nominations for the 2011 SCORE Awards are now being accepted. All award winners will be recognized in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2011. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15, 2011. Forms available online.


May 23-25, 2011. Small Business Summit. Network, learn and grow your business at the 2011 Small Business Summit in Washington, DC. Find out more.



Success Stories: Valley Mirror  

Scoring a Success for the Local Community   



Marilyn Schiavoni had not intended to run a newspaper, but the readers and advertisers of the Valley Mirror are certainly happy that she does. 

Marilyn's mission is to keep one of the area's only independent voices alive with continued coverage of the Steel Valley area, West Mifflin, Lincoln Place and Woodland Hills.  It hasn't been an easy road. She credits her work with Pittsburgh's SCORE chapter and her SCORE Mentor, Bob DiRubbo as being key to her success.

Marilyn isn't shy about advocating that everyone take advantage of SCORE's free mentorship program. "Go directly to SCORE. SCORE's been the most helpful to me... I've called women's organizations, I've spoken with people at Duquesne [University] - who were very helpful - but when you get down to actually getting the information that you need, SCORE has by far been the most helpful." Learn More! 


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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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