Social Media Has Scorching Impact On Small Biz

From Forbes: InformationWeekSMB, by Alison Diana LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter aren’t pet rocks. Use them. Now. Fifty-four percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are using social media to promote their businesses, double the number using these sites in December 2009, with 35% posting daily updates to sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, a new study found. And although only 17% of SMBs surveyed used incentives to attract online followers, friends and fans, 60% credit social media with positively impacting their businesses, according to … 
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SCORE and Huntington Bank Help Small Businesses Obtain Loans

From: Cincinnati.com Contributed By: Melinda Zemper | Oak Tree Communications, LLC SCORE’s Cincinnati Chapter 34 and Huntington Bank have formed a working relationship to help qualified small business owners obtain start-up, operating and expansion loans. The program began in the second quarter of 2010, and so far, three small business loans ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 have been approved– for a salon, a women’s boutique, and a specialty coffee shop. Three other SCORE referrals are still early in the loan application process, said Chip Bonny, … 
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SCORE has a poetic client

It was quite a surprise! Yesterday Dick Wendel, one of our Cincinnati counselors and the “poster boy” on out current flyer intoduced Jeannette Ramirez to John Vinturella (our blog meister) and myself. Jeannette is an author and poet and we here at SCORE are trying to help her make money with her talent. Following our meeting, she wrote a poem and sent it to us and I thought I’d share it with you. I appreciate the gifts galore Of businessmen who know the SCORE And … 
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Use Demographic Research to Understand Your Customers

Demographic research is defined as the study of the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics. There are two main approaches to conducting demographic research.

Google Voice

Google Voice is a new phone service that permits you to make free outgoing calls and text messages to anywhere in the US or Canada. International calls can be made at rates as low as $0.02 per minute. This service is loaded with special features, including free local and long distance calls using my regular telephones. With Google Voice, there is no software to load or hardware to purchase and no new telephone equipment is required. Voice calls are never sent through your computer so … 
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A Salon Named Desire – Business Start-up Success

SCORE adds up to business start-up success By Jeff McKinney – jmckinney@enquirer.com Before Karla Lalosh opened A Salon Named Desire, she needed guidance to become an entrepreneur. Lalosh and her partners knew how to provide professional beauty-care services like cutting, styling and coloring hair, but lacked some fundamentals to run a business. The trio found their solution by working with Bob Wiwi and Linda Ulrey, volunteer counselors for SCORE, counselors to small businesses, in Cincinnati. Wiwi and Ulrey worked with the partners for six months … 
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West Chester and Liberty Township Lead the Pack

West Chester, Liberty Township lead Cincinnati-Dayton area in SCORE Small Business Counseling Contributed By: Melinda Zemper | Oak Tree Communications, LLC The recession may have encouraged more Type As to declare themselves entrepreneurs. Small business owners from West Chester and Liberty Township led the pack last year in the number of entrepreneurs seeking free counseling from the Cincinnati chapter of SCORE, an agency of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “We get more clients from West Chester and Liberty Townships than any other district geographic … 
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Study gives small business reason for pride, Part 2

By Rhonda Abrams • Gannett • April 28, 2010 Last time we discussed a survey in which small business was shown to have the highest approval rating of several government, public and corporate institutions. Today we look at other findings of the poll: The Pew Center also asked which groups get too much or too little attention from the federal government. Here, small business even beat out the “middle class” as seen as being neglected by our government. Who gets too much or too little … 
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Study gives small business reason for pride, Part 1

By Rhonda Abrams • Gannett • April 28, 2010 Be proud, small-business owners! You’re now the most trusted group in America. Listen up, federal government! You’re neglecting small business – and most people think so. According to the just-released study by the highly respected Pew Research Center, small business is the most trusted institution in America. More than churches. More than colleges. More than technology companies. And certainly more than labor unions or large corporations. Republicans trust us. Democrats trust us. Independents trust us. Small … 
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Yes SCORE has an Annual Report

Half of all Americans are employed by small businesses. Our country’s future depends on new, growing and thriving small enterprises. This year, the SCORE Board of Directors set a new course to lead a movement to grow 1 million small businesses. To rebuild small business growth, SCORE provides start-up entrepreneurs and small business owners with counseling, coaching, training and resources—a blended learning model that helps adults learn and achieve success. These services help today’s entrepreneurs grow businesses, jobs, revenue and profits. Recession recovery is about … 
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