One of the most common questions SCORE mentoring clients ask is why do so many startups choose a limited liability company, or LLC, for their corporate form, and how is it done?
Why does customer service matter?
There are many opinions about Obamacare for small businesses, but what are the facts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the almost 400,000 small businesses in Arizona?
A rising tide lifts all boats.
Small businesses are all-consuming for their owners. Daily demands make it difficult to set aside time for owners to think how larger trends may affect their business. That's why it's an excellent idea to perform a SWOT analysis.
Even though the consumer-driven side of the economy is slowly recovering, most small-business owners know that revenue gains have been incremental.
This column has covered a wide range of strategic and tactical issues as independent subjects, but most business issues are interrelated.
Pricing is one of the most misunderstood elements in the business world, especially among small businesses.
Ask any business manager what is their biggest headache and the odds are they will say people - as in employees.
Many SCORE clients start their business planning with one type of potential customer in mind.
One of the hardest things for small-business owners to do is to extricate themselves from the daily grind and plan for the future. There always seems to be something that requires immediate attention. Unfortunately, it is not until the month-end or quarterly statements are generated that an …
Are you a reactor? Reactors respond to emergencies and mundane events the same way: They overreact.
Most SCORE clients have a good idea of their intended product or service, have performed an elementary competitive analysis and have thought about finances.
Nearly every large business started as a small business, frequently in the owner's basement or garage.
The stock market may be reaching new highs, but as one network analyst observed, "The stock market is not the economy."
As the economy slowly emerges from the recession, many businesses realize that cost-cutting is not enough to improve profits. In the end, the top line (revenue) has to grow.
Many prior columns have addressed the problems and challenges of starting or running a small business - strategic choices, finding customers, cash flow, managing personnel, etc.
Business startup lore is filled with stories of two college friends who share an idea and decide to start a business.
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."