Score Women Mentors

Have you ever wished for the chance to network with other Score women in our chapter? Your wish has been granted! SCORE women now have a forum for meeting other members and introducing potential new members at our monthly Happy Hour networking get-together. On January 29, four current women of SCORE met with some new and prospective members to discuss the benefits and opportunities of SCORE membership. We were delighted with the breadth and diversity of experience and the enthusiasm for SCORE’s mission they displayed … 
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10 Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is harder than it sounds. Being the boss may sound like the best job in the world, and it is; However a 60+ hour work week, with the buck stopping at you for EVERYTHING can loose its charm pretty quickly. So to help you navigate these tough waters, we’ve created a list of 10 characteristics to being a successful entrepreneur. 1. Write a Business Plan- Think of it as a road map to success, complete with stops along the way like organization, … 
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Running a Non-Profit Organization Successfully

Written by Jim Maltry, SCORE Counselor, Cincinnati OH Chapter The best advice for running a non-profit successfully is to run the organization like a business. Too often those involved with a nonprofit, regardless if they are a paid employee or a volunteer, are so passionate about the mission that they neglect the business side with the result that they are not successful.  Creating a strategic plan is the best way to work towards common goals for the following reasons: Developing  a strategic plan allows the organization … 
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Simple Business Plan Infographic

Simplified Business Plan Outline

Many new business owners do not take the time to complete a business plan assuming they don’t need one. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Take the time needed to do the work, it could be the difference between success and failure. This simplified business plan outline is for a small business, and needs to be developed whether or not there is a need for outside funding such as bank loans or venture capital. Remember, the primary reason for a business plan to provided … 
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Guidelines for Writing for the Media

Does writing for the media have you chewing on the end of your pencil? The following guidelines are good to follow in any kind of writing you do. However, they become particularly pertinent when writing for the media. They should be the starting point for creating any media materials. Remember, we write press releases for distinct purposes: to inform, educate or entertain. Additional information about writing for the media can be found in SCORE Brief 06.09 Creating and Distributing a News Release. Guidelines for Good … 
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How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

OK! I stole this from www.dummies.com but I thought every point was valid. So I decided to share it with you. I guess that not all entrepreneurs are out looking for work but some are and others should be looking for these traits in applicants for jobs at their business. How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview Preparation is key when you’re ready to sell yourself during a job interview. In order to sell yourself (that is, your skills and experience) to the interviewer, thoroughly research … 
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Ten Ways to Close the Sale

1)      Ask for the order…70% of salespeople do not. 2)    Always give the customer/client a choice of two different product/services, either one of which is fine with you. Otherwise their decision is between yes and no. 3)      Always be closing with small trial closes. 4)      The Take-a-way…”Probably not right for you, even if most of your competitors are benefiting from it. No, there may be something else…” 5)     The Ben Franklin close…List the benefits on the left and the objections on the right…Obviously you will … 
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Eight Inexpensive Marketing Strategies

From: www.robertsontraininggroup.com In a recent marketing workshop I attended, I discovered that most business owners rely on just two or three marketing strategies to attract new business. However, there is a multitude of ways to drive new business to your door. Here are a few: Networking. Networking is perhaps the most commonly used approach by small business owners. However, it is often poorly executed. Many people attend a networking function and take the wrong approach by trying to meet as many people as they can. … 
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Key Elements of a Sales Agreement

It is vital that a written agreement be established spelling out specific services to be provided, when, at what price and other pertinent terms. This written document initially can be the Sales Proposal and then be modified to be the Sales Agreement /Contract. The key elements of the Sales Agreement are: Contact information including company name, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address and web site. Marketing information such as: “Bonded and Insured”,“Work Guaranteed”, “Fully Covered by Workman’s Compensation, etc. Proposal Number Proposal submitted to: … 
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