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New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: How to Qualify and Apply

More PPP loans, EIDL grants, Pandemic Unemployment benefits, and other small business relief are coming soon. Here we do our best to explain the legislation that includes a new... Read more

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What the Latest Covid-19 Relief Bill Means for Your Small Business

On December 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new coronavirus relief bill. Here’s what it means for the coronavirus relief programs: Paycheck Protection Program... Read more

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What's New with PPP and Other Relief Options for Small Businesses

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting renewed support from the federal government. Read more

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Lean Manufacturing Tools by Nick Cray

December 16, 2020

One of the early-developed lean tools, developed in the 1930’s, is The 5 Whys. It is a problem-solving technique developed by the founder of Toyota Industries Corporation, Sakichi Toyoda. It's also useful for solving your business problems, regardless of your industry.

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It's As Simple As Asking a Question by Kathleen Paris

December 3, 2020

I have had an exciting, intense and wonderful career as a management consultant and have worked with organizations around the world. I have worked with groups trying to chart their future, groups that were stuck trying to get to the future, groups that were locked in conflict, and all kinds of situations in between.

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Budgeting for Next Year by Bill Ferguson

October 26, 2020

Companies using a calendar year to do their financial statements need to take this time of the year to do budgeting for next year. Budgeting? Why would a company need that? Just do their thing – sell and hope for the best? That’s NOT a good way to run a company. Not good at all. All the big corporations budget everything – sales, expenses by category, cash flow, etc, etc. And, they do it on a quarterly basis. Why? One, they want a target that they believe they need to hit and so they then plan what they must do to hit that target. And, secondly, they use it for accountability – to measure the performance of each subsidiary or department that fed their budgets into the overall budget. Planning and accountability.

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Validating a Local B2C Business Idea

June 21, 2019

If you don’t have customers, you don’t have a business.  First things first, who’s going to buy what you’re selling?  And why buy your product, or service, instead of the competitions?

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Find helpful business information and resources. SCORE Madison provides FREE business mentoring, consulting, and educational seminars and workshops to businesses and entrepreneurs... Read more

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Small Business Basics

This invaluable guide on business planning basics will help get you on your way to making your entrepreneurial dreams come true. Read more

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