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The Nav PPP Loan Calculator

The Nav CARES Act Calculator helps business owners estimate their potential PPP loan amount so they can apply with confidence. Read more

SBA Funding Updates

Bookmark this page to view the latest news on SBA loans, grants, and other funding opportunities. Read more

Grow With Google Digital Readiness Series

SCORE is proud to announce a partnership with Grow with Google and the International Downtown Association (IDA) to launch a four-part free digital readiness series designed to... Read more

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Should I Form A Corporation Or An LLC? What's The Point? By Bill Ferguson

April 14, 2021

If the legal protection of the two types of these business entities is almost the same, which is better? Most of the time, the simple answer is this – an LLC is better. It’s simpler to form and it allows for the most favorable tax elections.

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Mission Statements - Who Needs Them? by Kenneth Wundrow

April 14, 2021

Businesses need mission statements to tell the public and especially their customers what it is the business does.

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To Be (Self-Employed ) or Not To Be by Bill Ferguson

February 22, 2021

It takes more than a better mousetrap to be successful in business. The purpose here is to tell you what you need to be successful, in addition to the better mousetrap.

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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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Addressing The New Normal

Download this guidance on action document for your nonprofit so that you can take now to prepare for the “new normal." Read more

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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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Volunteering: Helping Us All Move Forward

Volunteering has a positive impact on the U.S. economy as a whole and small business recovery. See the rewards that you can receive from volunteering according to statistics... Read more

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