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April 2012
5 Tools to Improve Your Cash Flow
Tools and Tips to Start and Grow Your Business
 LIVE Webinar: Franchising 101 for Veterans
 LIVE Webinar: Really Start Your Own Business
 Expert Advice: Finding Federal Grant Money 
 SCORE Success Stories: Kim's Animal House
 SCORE Blog: Daily Tips to Help You Succeed 
LIVE Webinar:
Franchising 101 for Veterans 

Thursday, April 19 at 1pm ET /10am PT

 

Ever considered franchise ownership as the next step in your career? 

 

Join us at this SCORE LIVE Webinar featuring Jania Bailey, President and COO of FranNet, to learn how and why military veterans should consider redeploying as business owners.  

 

Not a veteran? This webinar offers info useful for anyone interested in being a franchise owner. You will learn:

 

  • How much you should expect to invest in a franchise
  • How to pick the franchise opportunity that's right for you
  • Why business ownership and franchising is a good fit for many military veterans 
  • How the Help Veterans Own Franchising Act and the Patriot Express Pilot Loan may work for you 

 

Find out about Franchising Opportunities.
Register Now!

 

LIVE Webinar: 
How to Really Start Your Own Business

Tuesday, May 1 at 12pm ET / 9am PT

 

Join The Company Corporation and SCORE for this informative webinar on "How to Really Start Your Own Business." 

 

Experts from SCORE will share start-up secrets to success, including the importance of focusing your business idea and where to look for small business financing.

 

Get Expert Tips on Starting Your Business.

Register Now!

 

Expert Advice 
Finding Federal Grant Money for Small Businesses

Steve Strauss

Are all those late-night infomercials promising "instant millions" in federal grants true?  

 

Steve Strauss, founder of the new website TheSelfEmployed.com, separates fact from fiction about the types of businesses that may qualify for federal grants, and provides tips for tracking down grant programs at the federal and state level.

 

Find Funding Resources for Your Business.

Read more at score.org! 

 

SCORE Success Stories
Kim's Animal House - Marion, IA

Kim Odeen had been working with animals since 1991, first as a veterinary assistant and then as a bather and groomer, but it wasn't until 2006 that she made the decision to strike out on her own and start a pet grooming business. 

 

After two years of research and developing a thorough business plan with a SCORE mentor, her dream became a reality. Kim's Animal House is now an all-breed, full-service pet grooming salon offering high-quality holistic foods, treats and pet products. 

 

Kim says, "Our SCORE mentor helped us find a great accountant that helped us get everything in order... it has enabled us to spend more time on marketing our business and has led us to double our sales."

 

SCORE Mentors Help Small Businesses Succeed.

Read Kim Odeen's SCORE Success Story!

 

SCORE Blog 
Daily Tips to Help You Succeed

Visit the SCORE Small Business Success Blog this month for exclusive tips from Cynthia McCahon, founder of Enloop.

 

A successful entrepreneur and strategic advisor, Cynthia provides expert insights on planning and managing your business to ensure healthy cash flow.  

 

Get FREE Expert Business Advice.
Visit the SCORE Small Business Success Blog at blog.score.org.

 

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FREE Business Resources
Need help managing your cash flow? SCORE provides FREE online resources, including:

 

Running a Profitable Company

 

 

Visit www.score.org today for even more FREE business resources!

 

 

Government Contracting


The Federal Government awards nearly $100 billion in contracts annually to small business owners. Learn how to grow your business through government contracting with the American Express OPEN Victory in Procurement program.
 
Let American Express OPEN help you gain insight into the world of government contracting - join the Victory in Procurement LinkedIn group today!

 

 

National Small Biz Week


Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) for National Small Business Week May 20-26, 2012 - an annual celebration that honors and empowers small businesses nationwide! 
 
The National Small Business Week conference takes place in Washington, DC from May 20-22 and features expert forums and panelists, education and networking sessions, and recognition of the State Small Business award winners from across the nation. 
 

 

 

Subscribe to ExpertAnswers

Stay up-to-date with the latest business trends from industry pros with the SCORE ExpertAnswers e-newsletter.
 
This month Jared Fliesler, General Manager for SQUARE, shares expert tips on improving your cash flow.
 

 

 

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