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December 2011
BizSuccess Tips
Create the Ultimate Business Plan!

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From Pittsburgh SCORE

Draft a business plan that gets the results you desire. SCORE can help!


 Success SecretsWhat's Missing in Your Plan?
 Resources for You: Great Plans Start Here
 Expert Insight: Business Plans and Broccoli
Success Secrets 
Effective Business Plans

What Your Business Must Have in 2012
Time to blow the dust off your old business plan and see what's missing. Find out the 3 crucial elements your business needs in the coming year. Learn more.

Get It Right  

Take SCORE's free, online business workshop to learn why a business plan is so important and get advice on how to put it all together. Start now.

Entrepreneurship Can Save the World 
Read on to see why small business expert Steve Strauss believes the ingenuity and dedication of entrepreneurs around the world can solve problems our governments cannot. Find out more.


Resources for You


Great Plans Start Here

Cynthia McCahon knows what a great business plan looks like and how to get results. The founder of online business plan tool Enloop, McCahon will share her insights on why some business plans work and some don't. Subscribe to SCORE's ExpertAnswers newsletter to learn more.


First Steps

Gather the tools you need to help get your business off on the right foot. Check out SCORE's Business Plan and Financial Statements Templates and then meet with a SCORE mentor for personalized advice.



Expert Insight
Raj Tumber, SCORE Mentor, Las Vegas 

"Writing a business plan is like eating your broccoli. You might make a face, but it's really good for you!" says SCORE Mentor Raj Tumber. Let Tumber show you how to effectively write and use business plans. Learn more in this month's Small Business Success Blog.


Upcoming Events


January 21, 2012, 8:30am

Pittsburgh SCORE Workshop: Small Business Basics




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!   


(The Veterans Fast Launch Program provides "Special Offers" for Veteran Owned Businesses. Visit  to learn more)  


   Register Now!     


January 14, 2012. 8:30am :
SCORE/Chatham Workshop

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and SCORE Pittsburgh are partnering to present another "Small Business Basics" workshop.
The workshop is for women interested in starting their own business or expanding their current business. It will be held on the Chatham campus on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 from 8:30 am until noon. Cost is $30. To register for the workshop and to see more details, please go to:


December 15, 2011. 1 p.m. EDT 
Free Live Webinar: The Business Plan

Get tips and recommendations for developing your business plan and strategy from Richard Hall, SCORE Mentor, author and creator of Register today.




Success Stories
Spice of Life


Patience and good planning (and a visit to his local SCORE office) worked for Raul Cantu when he wanted to open his own Mexican restaurant in Richmond, VA. Fifteen years later, SCORE continues to be an integral part of Nacho Mama's game plan.


"After being turned down by several banks  to get a small business loan, SCORE helped me tune up my business plan and provided me with the tools to get approved. SCORE was the road map to start my business and continues to be a great guide to my success. I don't know if it would have happened if SCORE had not been there for me. I highly recommend to everyone who is thinking of starting a new business, or if you are in business and need guidance during these hard economic times, use SCORE, it's a great source to help you succeed." Find out more.


Raul Cantu, Nacho Mama's 




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BizSuccessTips Editor Rieva Lesonsky is founder and CEO of media company GrowBiz Media. 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 her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for free TrendCast reports. 

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