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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Do you want to buy a business or do you have a business you would like to sell?
Are you a fit for Maine Technology Institute (MTI)?
Choosing the best business structure for your business: sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs.
Detailed instructions for setting up a Limited Liability Corporation in Maine developed by Portland SCORE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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