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  • Who doesn’t love the freshness of vine-ripened tomatoes, just-picked cucumbers or corn bursting with summer sweetness? This time of year, there’s likely a bounty at your local farmer’s market.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has designated this week as National Farmers...
    SBA News and Views - August 08, 2017
  • For small business owners, it can be difficult to find good job candidates. Small businesses often times have to compete in the job market with large employers offering an attractive menu of fringe benefits. A possible solution for small businesses is finding workers who can be trained for the jobs...
    Industry Word - August 08, 2017
  • Advertising and marketing is regulated by federal law, and if you’re not on top of the regulations that apply to you, your ads could end up costing you more in fines than they bring in business. The Federal Trade Commission regulates and enforces advertising laws. Here are some key...
    Industry Word - August 04, 2017
  • What’s an encore entrepreneur? It might look a lot like you.These are people who might be starting a business for the first time as they near retirement age. Or, you may be retired already, and seeking a new path to help you feel reinvigorated in your new lifestyle.Here at SCORE, we know age...
    Industry Word - July 28, 2017
  • When President Trump asked the members of his Administration to tell him about the American heroes we have encountered in our Cabinet roles, one family instantly came to mind.Rob Leonardis is President of Ember Industries in San Marcos, Texas. It’s a family-owned business he runs with his...
    SBA News and Views - July 25, 2017
  • Most business owners have a general idea of the executive summary that comes with the traditional business plan.  However, in the real world, summaries come up much more often than just in the business plan. How to create the summary, and how to use it, depends on the business objective. ...
    Industry Word - July 20, 2017
  • It’s been several decades now since I first ran into the mental magic of marketing positioning. The diagram here shows it as presented by Philip Kotler in his text Marketing Management, which has been used in business schools for decades. It shows positioning related to breakfast:As you can...
    Industry Word - July 20, 2017
  • Like most small businesses, you probably can’t self-insure (pay for losses out of pocket) because you can’t afford the risk for substantial financial exposure. You need insurance. But you may not have the type or amount of coverage that is necessary for your protection at this time....
    Industry Word - July 13, 2017
  • If you plan to take out a loan for your business, buy equipment, open a business credit card – just about anything that requires borrowing money – having business credit is essential. But if you have no credit established in your company’s name what steps can you take to make your...
    Industry Word - July 13, 2017
  • Put down the leftover hotdogs, sparklers, and souvenir American flags. Yes, summer has barely started—but if you’re a small business owner whose profitability depends on the holiday shopping season, it’s time to start planning your marketing strategy now.Here are three reasons you...
    Industry Word - July 06, 2017

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