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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Programs and Initiatives for Small Businesses

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March 14, 2022

Through mentoring and training, SCORE's nationwide initiatives help entrepreneurs and small business owners at various stages in their professional lives.

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

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March 9, 2022,

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. It’s what advertising pioneer David Ogilvy called the “big idea.” When applied to all writing, I call it the “one idea rule.”

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When to rebrand, when to remain consistent

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February 7, 2022

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

Article Language: English
January 24, 2022

The reality is that Maine entrepreneurs – SCORE clients among them – are of many ages, and age has little to do with their success. According to SCORE mentors from throughout the state - people who collectively work with hundreds of entrepreneurs in all stages of business – the factors that matter are character traits – perseverance, optimism, and resourcefulness.

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Step-by-step guide for using LinkedIn to grow your sales pipeline

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December 23, 2021

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for building a professional network that leads to referrals and sales. Every business owner can probably benefit from a free LinkedIn profile to keep connected with peers, your local business leaders, and your network of suppliers and consultants. However, for those businesses selling to other professionals, LinkedIn can do much more.

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A Guide to Resources for Maine Entrepreneurs

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A Step by Step Guide to Hiring Your First Employee

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You're ready to hire your first employee--congratulations! This free SCORE guide will walk you through the steps to finding and onboarding your first employee.   Read more
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SCORE Crowdfunding Guide

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This guide is a resource for anyone considering, or planning a crowdfunding campaign. Learn about the tools and services available to you, the differences between crowsfunding... Read more
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Guide to Doing Business in Portland

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Portland's Economic Development Department's in-depth guide to city licensing, permits, resources, taxes and more. Read more
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One-page Business Plan Template

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