Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating.

With SCORE, you have lots of 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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Blog

Improve Customer Relationships in the Retail and Restaurant Industries—for Pennies

May 1, 2018,

The interaction between customer and salesperson would be dramatically improved if the salesperson wore a NAMETAG. The nametag enables the customer to quickly establish a more meaningful, positive and personal relationship with the service person that can only lead to better things for both parties.

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Use a Loyalty Program to Grow Sales at Your Retail Store or Restaurant

May 17, 2017

The long-term success of your retail store or restaurant depends on repeat customers. One of the best ways to encourage customer loyalty is with a loyalty program.

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Blog

10 Restaurant Trends You Need to Know About

May 10, 2017

Now is a great time to be a restaurateur. U.S. restaurants posted some $782 billion in sales in 2016, accounting for 4 percent of the GDP, according to Gallup.

Monica's Cookies
Blog

This Small Business Owner Found Her Sweet Spot

Monica Mitidieri sought a SCORE mentor to help her tackle self-doubt and get to the next level in growing her cookie business.

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Blog

A Few Favorite Things Inspired This Couple’s Encore Business

Gidgette and Ken Moshier decided to draw on their love for traveling and tea, as well as their small business backgrounds, to open the English Garden Tea Room.

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How One Man’s Hobby Brewed Up a Business Idea

February 24, 2017,

Yeast - Everything Homebrew is a specialty retail store selling equipment and ingredients for homebrewing beer, wine, cider, mead and soda. The shop provides introductory homebrewing and winemaking classes.

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Blog

What to Know Before You Buy a Restaurant

January 26, 2017,

Past success may be a broad indication of future prosperity, but a more detailed evaluation of an existing restaurant is essential before purchasing it.

12 Steps to Starting a Restaurant
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12 Steps to Starting a Restaurant

If you want to start a restaurant, there’s no better time.The more than 1 million restaurants in the United States account for 10 percent of the nation’s overall workforce, and 90 Read more

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When is a Good Time to Open a Second Location of Your Bar or Restaurant?

Has your bar or restaurant concept taken off to the point where you can barely handle the crowds? How do you know if you’re ready for a second location? Read more

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Expanding Your Restaurant: Building a Chain vs. Franchising

Your restaurant is successful. Congratulations! Now it’s time to think about expansion. Perhaps customers have asked when you’ll be opening in a location closer to them. Read more

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Article

Market Your Bar or Restaurant Using Ratings & Review Sites

Any bar or restaurant owner can’t help but be aware of the power online ratings and reviews have to generate traffic for your establishment. Read more

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