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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Covering Your Back: The Buy-Sell Agreement

Investing a little time and energy into what’s known as a buy-sell agreement can create rock-solid protections for your business in the face of life’s many changes. Read more

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5 Legal Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid

Entrepreneur and attorney Charley Moore, the founder and Executive Chairman of Rocket Lawyer shares five common legal mistakes startup entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them: Read more

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Define Your Structure: Corporate Bylaws

Along with articles of incorporation, corporate bylaws provide a major--if not the major--foundation for your small business. Read more

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Blog

How to Increase Impulse Sales for Your Store

Research has shown that consumers spend $5,400 a year on impulse purchases. So how can retailers improve merchandising to take advantage of impulse buyers?

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Article

Developing a Strategy: The Business Plan

A business plan is more than just words on paper. It’s a way to stay focused on how your business works, and it’s also a calling card when you need financing. Read more

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Article

Opening Shop: Commercial Real Estate Leases

To guarantee the kind of solid tenant/landlord relationship that allows your business to thrive, you’ll want to start things off on the right foot with an airtight commercial real Read more

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Checklist

Choosing the Perfect Commercial Location

To avoid common mistakes small business owners make when choosing their location, complete a copy of this checklist for every location you’re considering. Read more

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Managing Expectations: The Employment Agreement

An employment agreement protects everyone--the employee, the employer and the customer--by getting expectations down in writing from the starting gate. Read more

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Keeping Records: Why You Need Corporate Minutes

Corporate minutes not only help you stay compliant with state rules and protect your corporate liability status, they also give you a neat and tidy record of your organization’s ma Read more

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Blog

How to Go From Product Conception to Manufacturing: A Step-by-Step Guide

February 27, 2019,

Every product we use in our daily lives was once just an idea. Follow these eight steps to go from concept to manufacturing, and hopefully, a profit.

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Are Your Small Business Hiring Practices Discriminatory?

February 26, 2019,

Here’s an overview of some important things to know when you’re hiring—and some things you might be doing wrong without knowing it.

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