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Pittsburgh SCORE BizSuccessTips
February 2012
BizSuccess Tips
Avoid the 3 Biggest Financing Mistakes

SCORE Can Show You How 

From Pittsburgh SCORE

Don't face your investors without doing your homework and learning all you can. Visit your local chapter today!


 Success SecretsBeyond the Loan Application
 Resources for You: Money Hunt
 Expert Insight: Financing 101 
Success Secrets 

Get the Financing You Need

Beyond the Loan Application

Getting financing for your business starts way before you ever put pen to paper for your business loan application. Find out what makes you loan-worthy. Learn more.

Partner for Success  

Get help determining your company's financial needs and understanding your financing options. Take the free online workshop, "Growing With Partners and Investors." Click here to view now.

Avoid the 3 Biggest Marketing Mistakes 
What are the three biggest financing mistakes small business owners make? Learn what to do and what not to do when seeking business capital from Anita Campbell, founder and CEO of Small Business Trends. Check out her posts in this month's Small Business Success Blog


Resources for You 


Turbocharge Your Marketing

Are your marketing efforts getting the results you want or are they just "OK"? Get small business expert Steve Strauss's advice on cranking up your marketing campaign for maximum results. Here's how.


Top 10 Trends for 2012

Find out what trends and events will affect your business in 2012 from Steve Strauss in this two-part article.  Read Part 1. Read Part 2.


Expert Insight
David Solis, Bank of America

Find out how to get financing-straight from the banker's mouth. David Solis, from Bank of America's Client Development Group, will share his insights. Subscribe to SCORE's ExpertAnswers newsletter to learn more. 




Upcoming Events


February 23, 2012, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Free Seminar: Introduction to Small Business Basics


Come to a short (one hour) free seminar conducted by the SCORE Pittsburgh Chapter and learn the basics of starting a business.


Location: Monroeville Public Library

              4000 Gateway Campus Blvd

              Monroeville, PA 15146


Contact:  Arthur Green  





March 24, 2012, 8:00am

Pittsburgh SCORE Workshop: Small Business Basics


Location:   PNC YMCA,  

                  236 5th Ave. 2nd Floor 

                (downtown Pittsburgh)

                Pittsburgh, PA  15222     



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!   



February 16, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT, 
Free Live Webinar: Get the Funding Your Need to Start or Grow

Sign up for this live webinar to learn everything you need to know about the funding process from entrepreneur and SCORE advocate Bryan Janeczko. Perfect your funding pitch and find sources of capital. Register today.



Success Stories

Being There  
When Tracy Foster returned from Vietnam, where she adopted her children, she couldn't forget the tearful faces of the children who remained in the orphanage was not something she could forget. Inspired to start a nonprofit to improve the lives of the orphans, Tracy turned to her local SCORE and got the help she needed.


"The SCORE website has a wonderful library of informative articles and links to help users establish a small business, or in our case, a small nonprofit. We attended an orientation and met with our counselor to discuss forming Project Being There. He guided us through the development of our business plan, reviewed our subsequent applications, and in September 2009 we became an official registered 501(c3) nonprofit." Find out more.


Tracy Foster, Project Being There



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SCORE Awards

Submit a nomination now for the 2012 SCORE Awards. The SCORE Awards is an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of America's small businesses. This year's ceremony will be held on August 16, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Click here to learn more.


SCORE in the News
This month, SCORE introduces a new partnership with Rocket Lawyer, giving SCORE's small business clients access to articles, e-guides, webinars and how-to videos that help small business owners understand legal issues related to business ownership and take steps to protect their businesses.   

Learn more about this new partnership and see other SCORE headlines on


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SCORE - For the Life of Your Business
Has SCORE helped your business? Then give back to SCORE to help entrepreneurs succeed. Donate today.


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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