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February 2012
5 Tools to Help Get Your
Business Start-up Funded
Tools and Tips for Business Start-ups

 LIVE Webinar: Get the Funding You Need
 LIVE Webinar: Manage Your Business Credit
 SCORE Blog: Daily Tips to Help You Succeed 
 Expert Advice: Beyond the Loan Application 
 SCORE Success Stories: Advantage Mold, Inc.
LIVE Webinar: Get the Funding You Need to Start or Grow

Thursday, February 16
1pm ET / 10am PT  


Join us for an informative and interactive webinar with Bryan Janeczko, SCORE advocate and founder of  



You'll learn about:


  • The stages of the business funding process. 
  • The process of building an effective funding 'pitch'. 
  • Sources of capital that you need to get your small business started. 

Get the funding you need. 
Sign up now
for this FREE online webinar!


LIVE Webinar: Smart Steps to Manage your Business Credit

Tuesday, February 21
2pm ET / 11am PT  


As a small business owner, actively managing your business credit is critical to success. 


Join us for an informative and interactive webinar with Phyllis Meyer from Dun & Bradstreet, discussing how to:


  • Ensure positive cash flow.
  • Secure more financing at better terms.
  • Procure supplies at affordable terms. 
  • Make smarter credit decisions on customers.
  • Protect yourself against business identity theft.

Manage your business credit. 
Sign up now for this FREE online webinar!


Expert Advice 
Beyond the Loan Application

Rieva LesonskyAccording to business columnist Rieva Lesonsky, getting financing for your business starts way before you fill out the loan application. 


In this month's article, Rieva takes you through the process of evaluating your business idea from the lender's perspective, helping you identify weak points and strengthen your plan. 


Make your best case for funding. 
Read more


SCORE Blog: Daily Tips to Help You Succeed 
Monthly Guest Bloggers

Visit the SCORE Small Business Success Blog for exclusive tips from small business experts Anita Campbell and Cynthia McCahon. 


Anita Campbell is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Trends, and a sought-after consultant and speaker helping organizations reach the small business market. 


Her advice has appeared in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine and USA Today, as well as internal publications by IBM, American Express and Merrill Lynch.


Cynthia K. McCahon is the founder of Enloop, and has years of experience providing business planning and development services for private clients.  She is the author of Plan, Finance and Start Your Company Right Now.

Get FREE expert business advice.
Visit the SCORE Blog today at


SCORE Success Stories
Advantage Mold, Inc. - Toledo, OH

The year was 1999. Overseas competition was taking its toll on manufacturers in Toledo and elsewhere, as tool-and-die shops large and small were closing their doors. But Larry Bolander had his own dream, and would not be discouraged. 


Larry wanted to be his own boss; plastic injection molds were his strength. He had the technical savvy and the determination to open his own shop. So he did, at probably the worst possible time in the economic cycle. With the help of a SCORE mentor, Larry was able to get Advantage Mold, Inc. started and running strong.

Success starts with a SCORE Mentor.
Read more about Advantage Mold's SCORE Success Story!


Veteran Fast Launch
SCORE's Veteran Fast Launch initiative assists veterans, active-duty miltary and their immediate families with training in starting successful businesses - plus discounted business products and services.  

Find out more and apply today at



FREE Business Resources
Need help planning for your business? SCORE provides FREE business resources and templates online, including:




Visit today for more business templates and tools! 



Improve Your Cash Flow

Technology can be a powerful tool for improving your company's financial operations and cash flow - but with all the options out there, where do you start? 
SCORE's e-Business Now workshops help small business owners get started with technology. Sign up now for a FREE online workshop!



Subscribe to ExpertAnswers

Looking to start a new business? Stay up-to-date with the latest developments from industry pros with the SCORE ExpertAnswers e-newsletter.
This month David Solis, National Sales Executive for Bank of America's Client Development Group, shares expert tips on securing funding for your small business start-up.
Subscribe now to ExpertAnswers and receive tips from the experts in your email inbox!



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