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By BOB POOR | May 8, 2010
Q: Recently on the SCORE national website, we read about SCORE business roundtables. Are there any local plans to offer roundtables in the Hagerstown area? A: You bet. The first one took place Thursday, March 25 at The Landing restaurant on Dual Highway. Mark your calendar for the next one, which will be Thursday, June 24, at noon at The Landing. The event is free and food is available for purchase. Registration is easy. Simply call SCORE at 301-766-2043 and leave your name, phone number and e-mail address.
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BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | October 9, 2011
Q: We recently started a small business and my banker told us we need a business plan. Is it really important, since we have already started the business? A: There are many important questions that your business plan will help you answer. If you have a good idea for starting a business, then the plan can help you determine if you should go ahead with your idea. If you can't convince yourself that your idea will work, how will you convince your prospective backers and customers?
NEWS
October 11, 2006
LEETOWN, W.Va. - Ever wondered how a portable sawmill works and if there's opportunity to start a small business around this equipment? These and other questions will be answered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday during a Portable Sawmill Workshop sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service. The workshop is at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event is free and no registration is required. Sawyer Kyle Friend's topics include the advantages and disadvantages of owning/operating/hiring a portable sawmill; proper maintenance and accessories needed; and how wood is cut into useable lumber.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday presented the 2011 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Awards to two schools, two nonprofit businesses and one small business for their “outstanding local community efforts in the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle arena.” The winners were Clear Spring Elementary School, Williamsport Elementary School, Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance Inc., The Arc of Washington County Inc. and Recycled Crochet. The award was introduced last year. It is coordinated by the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which reviews nominees and recommends winners to the commissioners.
NEWS
by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | January 30, 2005
wandaw@herald-mail.com Early in his career, small business owner Chris Grant spent hours poring over mountains of paperwork to get a handle on his taxes, making sure he paid Uncle Sam every cent he owed. But the long hours weren't paying off. "As my first business started to grow, I couldn't see my money 'cause I was paying it all out in taxes at the end of the year," said Grant, 28, who moved to the United States from Jamaica when he was 9 with dreams of starting his own business.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2011
Q. My small business has grown rather nicely in the last three years, is profitable, and I am staffed with competent help. Now that I have a little free time, I would like to volunteer with a local organization working in support of other small businesses. What does SCORE have to offer? A. Your timing is excellent. SCORE has recently announced implementation of their national business plan aimed at a million small business startups in the next several years. That will require an increase in local SCORE chapter activities across the country.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | r.poor@myactv.net | January 8, 2012
Q: Recently your column mentioned a new SCORE workshop designed for existing small businesses. Can you give us more details about what, when and where? A: SCORE is introducing the Simple Steps for Growing Your Business Series. Our goal is to make the business growth process easier and less challenging by offering various ways to get assistance, customized for your needs. There are four components to the Simple Steps Series. You can participate in any or all aspects of the series, and you can set your own pace, taking part whenever your schedule permits.
NEWS
By BOB POOR | July 13, 2008
Q: One of my friends attended the SCORE How to Really Start Your Own Business Millennium Seminar Series at Hagerstown Community College and speaks about a "marketing calendar" that was included. Can you please explain what it is and how I can use it in my small business? A: Happy to! One of the major reasons so many small businesses fail is that they do not allow time and resources for marketing. If you wait until you need more customers, it will probably be too late. If you are a seasonal business, market ahead of the season.
NEWS
October 6, 2009
The Washington County Arts Council and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) invite artists to attend three, free training sessions designed to help artists organize the business and marketing side of their studios. The sessions will all be on Tuesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sessions will cover the basics of business: Oct. 6 - Getting your small business together; tips on how to best organize and manage your business for success Oct. 13 - Finding and minding the money; the secrets of managing cash flow for profit and growth Oct. 20 - Sales and marketing for success; where to find business prospects and how to turn them into sales Sessions take place at Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | January 13, 2013
Q: We think that we would like to start a home business. Do you have any guidelines that would be useful in putting our plans together? A: You can't go wrong going to www.sba.gov and searching for “starting and managing.” Starting a home-based business has many rewards, as well as challenges. The SBA guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law. Also, you don't want to miss the January SCORE Hagerstown roundtable.
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