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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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BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | December 9, 2012
Q: Because of the time demands of my small business and family, I really need to find some low-cost online training related to growing my young business. Do you have any tips? A: First of all, here are a few tips for how to get the most out of online training, regardless of the source: • Online training can be an affordable alternative to classroom training. Companies and individuals can save up to two-thirds of what classroom-based courses cost. • Many technical training vendors are offering courses.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2012
The deadline for nominations for the 2013 West Virginia small business person of the year and small business champion awards has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Nominations for all awards now must be received in the West Virginia district office by the close of business Thursday, Jan. 3. The award recipients will be recognized at the annual West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Celebration scheduled for May 2013. The small business person of the year recipient will travel to Washington, D.C., for the national award competition.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | November 24, 2012
A few snowflakes and decidedly cooler temperatures Saturday didn't seem to slow holiday gift buying at least at a few businesses in downtown Hagerstown. Bikle's Ski Shop on North Potomac Street was abuzz with activity as customers tried on ski boots, while others browsed the store and still others picked up merchandise. Inner BeYouTy owner Veeda Bassette said many regular customers had visited her South Potomac Street store Saturday, apparently in response to special activities planned, but added she still was “surprised” by the uptick in business.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 23, 2012
Big crowds, long lines and Black Friday sales at many big-box stores throughout the area have welcomed the holiday shopping season, but many locally owned businesses are hoping shoppers will think small this weekend. Small Business Saturday, an initiative created in 2010 and promoted by American Express, bridges the gap between Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to help drive traffic toward local businesses, which are the “backbone of the economy,” according to Jill Estavillo, economic development manager for the City of Hagerstown.
NEWS
November 19, 2012
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Board of Education and Hagerstown's Mayor and Council (the Washington County Commissioners are not scheduled to meet): WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Board Auditorium 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Channel 99 Agenda • Public comment • Board member response to public comment • Old business     (1) Consideration - Consent agenda: Second reading of revised Policy GCDA (Professional Staff Hiring)
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | November 11, 2012
Q: No one in our small business has had any sales experience, and our slumping sales are proving to be a dilemma. Any helpful thoughts from SCORE to encourage us and grow our sales? A: Among the many titles you take on when owning a small business is chief salesperson. Your business literally cannot live without sales growth, and it is up to you to start - and keep - customers coming. Some people understandably have doubts about their ability to generate sales. They might worry that they simple are not “sales-savvy” or associate selling with negative stereotypes often seen on television.
OPINION
October 12, 2012
The best person for the United States is Mitt Romney To the editor: Mitt Romney has the right ideas about how to run our country. While both the incumbent and the Republican nominee want to help their country, it is my opinion that Romney has the best way to accomplish that. Our current President, Barack Obama, believes that the federal government is important to the welfare of the people, and in a way, he is correct. However, the government is too involved in the affairs of small business owners, the unemployed, and the economy.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2012
Q: Our small business really benefited from SCORE's “How to Really Start Your Own Business” seminar series several years ago at Hagerstown Community College. Now, we need help growing the business. Any suggestions? A: In November, a new seminar series titled “Simple Steps to Grow Your Business” will be presented at HCC. The sessions are Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in room 323 of the Technical Innovation Center. The series focuses on hands-on strategies for planning and organizing a business, marketing and sales management, and general growth management.
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