Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating.

With SCORE, you have support. Browse these tools and find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Your SCORE mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.

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How to write more clearly and build your own circle of fans, followers, and appreciative customers

There is a very simple framework that will help you sharpen your writing by presenting your idea or argument in a clear, concise, and engaging way.

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When to rebrand, when to remain consistent

As your business grows and evolves you may begin to question whether you are outgrowing your brand. There are many pros and cons to deciding whether you should refresh or remain steady with your branding.

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Age of the Entrepreneur

What is the right age to be an entrepreneur in Maine? The reality is that Maine entrepreneurs – SCORE clients among them – are of many ages, and age has little to do with their success.

Guide for using LinkedIn to grow your sales pipeline

Using LinkedIn to grow your sales pipeline

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for building a professional network that leads to referrals and sales. However, for those businesses selling to other professionals, LinkedIn can do much more.

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One-page Business Plan Template

This is a great place to start before you jump into writing an in-depth business plan. We use this template in Southern Maine SCORE's Starting Your Own Business and Writing a Business Plan workshops!

The Startup Roadmap: Your Guide to Successfully Starting a Business

The Startup Roadmap outlines each step in starting a business with detailed information and resources. And with SCORE, you don’t have to do it alone. Read more

SCORE Business Learning Center

Want more in-depth business training? The SCORE Business Learning Center (SBLC) provides online learning paths for deeper dives into critical business topics. Read more

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Buying or Selling Your Business

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August 3, 2022

Do you want to buy a business or do you have a business you would like to sell?

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On-demand Webinar: MTI Info Session

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August 3, 2022

Are you a fit for Maine Technology Institute (MTI)?

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The Legal Organization of your Business

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August 1, 2022

Choosing the best business structure for your business: sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs.

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Establishing an LLC in Maine

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August 1, 2022

Detailed instructions for setting up a Limited Liability Corporation in Maine developed by Portland SCORE.

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Prepare and Protect Your Small Business

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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

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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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The Small Business Rural/Urban Divide Part 2: Hungry for Talent and Technology

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Rural small businesses face greater challenges to economic recovery and are less optimistic about the future compared to their non-rural counterparts, according to new survey data... Read more

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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity

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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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The Small Business Rural/Urban Divide Part 1: Economic Anxiety Persists

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Rural small businesses face greater challenges to economic recovery and are less optimistic about the future compared to their non-rural counterparts, according to new survey data... Read more

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

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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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Securing Your Small Business

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While digital transformation offers many benefits, it also comes with many challenges. For instance, investing in technology also increases cybersecurity risks. AI and machine... Read more

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

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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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