Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating; but you have lots of support. Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Browse these tools, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

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One Page Business Plan Template

The one-page business model demonstrates that you have determined your product or service, understood the need and market opportunity, researched the competition, and determined... Read more


New Year’s Resolutions for Sales People

The beginning of a new year brings people the opportunity for a fresh start as they reset their personal goals with a clean slate. Participants in this ritual include many sales... Read more

Is Procrastination Hurting Your Business?

Mark Twain once said “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well.” And on the same topic, Benjamin Franklin is often quoted…. “You may delay... Read more

Telling Your Company’s Story

It’s a fact that most companies are so focused on what they do that they often forget to take the time to tell the story about what they are most proud of. If what you’re doing... Read more

Using Trials to Strengthen Your Business

There is no such thing as a problem-free life, especially for business leaders and their key managers and supervisors. These business professionals must all learn to stay calm in... Read more

Finding Out What Your Customers Think

Top-line sales results are an essential indicator of the health of a business, but this data on its own can’t be used to predict future account losses and churn. Obviously a loyal... Read more

Understanding the Importance of Relationship Building

Today’s pace of business can easily squeeze out the time getting to know the new people you meet. Don’t let that happen. Everyone wants to be known, be encouraged, and to feel... Read more

Protecting Your Downside

Entrepreneurs and small business owners need at least some insurance. Below are some common types of insurance with a description of each. Some are necessary or required by law;... Read more

Funding Your Business

Getting Prepared Prepare monthly financial statements Profit & Loss Statements Balance Sheets Cash Flow Statements Track key measurement ratios A/R DSO, Inventory turnover, A/... Read more

The Business of Aiken is Business

Aiken strives to offer quality services to residents and businesses throughout an extensive area around our city. While many cities find it difficult reaching a proper balance... Read more