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                                                                                                            April 2011

Pittsburgh SCORE BizSuccessTips
No business owner can be a success without a great team. Are you leading your team by example? Do you inspire them to tackle new challenges?
Learn leadership techniques from the country's top business leaders. Make an appointment at your local

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Success Secrets
Leading Your Business to Success 
  • leader1What Makes a Good Leader? Do your character traits make you a manager or a leader? Learn the difference and acquire the leadership qualities that count. Find out more.
  • Be Inspiring. If you're having a hard time motivating your employees to do their best, take our online workshop and learn how to inspire greatness.
  • What's Your Recipe for Success? Every successful business has a recipe for long-term profits and growth. Find out what ingredients you need from small business expert Steve Strauss.

Resources for You   
Barry MoltzMove Forward. 
Is your business in a slump? Small business expert Barry Moltz can help get your business growing again. Subscribe to SCORE's ExpertAnswers newsletter to find out how to unlock your business's potential.


Advice You Can Count On. Create your own advisory board and reap the benefits of having your own personal business experts on hand. Sign up for a free online workshop to learn how to form an advisory board.


Fearless Leadership. What are the 8 dangers that keep entrepreneurs from reaching their peak performance? Find out from two accomplished individuals, mountaineer Chris Warner and  bestselling author Don Schmincke. Sign up for the free webinar today.


Expert Insight

Charlyse Smith Diaz, Ph.D. CharlyseSmithDiaz.comCharlyse Smith Diaz

As a professor at the University of Michigan, Charlyse Smith Diaz helps small businesses craft business plans and marketing materials. She's also an expert in intellectual property and economic development. And as this month's guest blogger, she'll share her insights with SCORE. Read it now.


 Upcoming Events


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

April 16th, 2011. Pittsburgh SCORE Workshop: Small Business Basics


"Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 am. The session starts at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm."  


Location:  PNC YMCA,

               236 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor ( in downtown Pittsburgh) 

               Pittsburgh, PA  


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! 



May 14      

Jun. 18           Register Now! 

Jul. 23


Oct. 15

Dec 3       






Mike MoranApril 21, 2011. How the Web Changes Marketing. Are you ready to take advantage of the many inexpensive (and even free) online marketing tools available to your business? In this one-hour webinar, Internet marketing expert Mike Moran reveals how to make the most of your marketing campaign. Register today.


May 9, 2011, Washington, DC. Accelerate Your Growth. Join American Express OPEN and SCORE for a day of free mentoring and peer-to-peer educational workshops geared to get your business on the road to success. Sign up to reserve your spot.


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: Growing Strong


Todd Graves

When Todd Graves got his idea for a chicken fingers restaurant while in college, he returned to his hometown of Baton Rouge, took his friends' advice and contacted SCORE. Now celebrating the opening of its 100th restaurant, Raising Cane's received the 2010 SCORE Award for Outstanding Socially Progressive Small Business for its business success and community support.


"I met with several SCORE counselors in 1995 as we were working on our business plan. Meeting with these seasoned professionals was invaluable to me. They taught me the importance of business planning and guided me through the process of obtaining an SBA loan. The counselors were able to give me a reality check on the business world. They also made sure I was committed to my business and would see it through. And unlike all the banks that said, "no," SCORE counselors were supportive and believed in my idea as much as I did." Find out more. 



Todd Graves, Raising Cane's

Website: www.raisingcanes.com 



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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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