Welcome to the SCORE Small Business Success Blog, where small business experts and mentors share tips, discuss trends, and provide advice on a wide range of topics affecting entrepreneurs in every industry.

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Soup to Nuts and Veggies, too!

Article Language: English
June 14, 2021

Today, The Green Anarchist is poised to become the first regional multi-channel marketer of microgreens in the mid-Atlantic area thanks in part to the depth and width SCORE’s assistance.

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Spotlight: SCORE Client Karl Schrass and Annapolis Compost

Article Language: English
March 12, 2021

Karl Schrass and his wife Anna Kramer founded Annapolis Compost in 2016 after moving to Maryland the prior year from Germany where separating organic waste collection was the norm.

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Spotlight: SCORE client Kevyn Scott and Charleys Philly Steaks Franchise

Article Language: English
February 19, 2021

It took less than 6 months for Kevyn Scott to get a business loan after reaching out to SCORE Southern Maryland. In Kevyn’s own words: “the best decision I could have made was signing up for a SCORE mentorship program – it has been truly proven to be an invaluable decision.”

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Spotlight: SCORE client Jeff Benya and Curmudgeon Books

Article Language: English
February 10, 2021

Just like the storyline in The Little Engine That Could, SCORE client Jeff Benya of Curmudgeon Books had the steepest of climbs to establish a successful independent book shop at struggling Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie, Maryland, particularly during a pandemic.

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Key Performance Indicators

Article Language: English
December 13, 2016

How to measure your company's success? John C. Kelly shares the importance of paying attention beyond financial results. This blog teaches how to use KPI (Key Performance Indicator) to track your progress.

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Flexible Funding Options for Start Ups and Existing Businesses: Crowdfunding, Micro Loans, Peer to Peer Lending

Article Language: English
December 10, 2016

The difficulties involved in getting funding are substantial, but recently there have been several positive developments that have made the job somewhat easier, and in this short article, I will list several, including crowd funding, micro loans, and peer-to-peer lending.

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Prepare and Protect Your Small Business

Article Language: English
September 27, 2022

As an entrepreneur, you put your heart and soul into making your business a success. So, ensuring your business is protected against the unexpected makes sense. That's where business insurance comes in. This article will help you understand the different kinds of insurance you can purchase and how they can help you mitigate risks. 

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What Do Employees Want? How to Attract and Retain Workers for Your Small Business

Article Language: English
September 27, 2022,

Many business owners still struggle to find and keep employees, whether small businesses operate in-office (store or restaurant), virtually, or in a hybrid environment.  
As the nation continues to operate at nearly full employment, keeping your staff happy and onboard is even more difficult. Several recent surveys of U.S. employees reveal some challenges small business owners face and how they cope with them.

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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity

Article Language: English
September 19, 2022,

If you’re a devotee of iPhones, it’s time to get excited—Apple just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones. Since the release of iPhones in June 2007, they have changed how we work and live. 

Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or a fan of Android, there is likely a lot you don’t know about how smartphones can improve your team’s efficiency and productivity. 

Here are some tips for how smartphones can boost your business.

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Should You Start or Grow a Small Business During a Recession?

Article Language: English
September 12, 2022,

Starting a business in the next 12 months is a smart move, despite fears of a recession or inflation. Read this blog by small business expert Rieva Lesonsky to learn why.

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14 Entrepreneurs Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Received from a Mentor

Article Language: English
August 17, 2022,

To help you see the benefit of mentorship, we asked entrepreneurs this question for their best insights gained as mentees. From owning your own mistakes to breaking big goals into small steps, several pieces of advice may help you shape your career and personal life into success, just like the entrepreneurs who shared them

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12 Funding Options for Black-Owned Businesses

Article Language: English
August 15, 2022,

To help Black-owned businesses identify the best funding sources available, we asked CEOs and business leaders this question for their best insights. From the iFundWomen of Color Program to Reign Ventures, there are several options available particularly for Black business owners to secure funding for their businesses. 

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