Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating; but you have lots of support. Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Browse these tools, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

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Financial Record Keeping

Your vision for your business success should include a smooth, efficient process for handling all of the necessary financial record keeping and tax reporting responsibilities of... Read more
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Creating a Website

Since search engines such as Google are the norm for people to find products, services and businesses, an effective website presence is vital to your company’s success, no matter... Read more
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Tennessee Requirements

Starting your own business can be a daunting experience. In addition to planning your business activities, you need to be in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations... Read more
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Links

There are many, many web sites available to small business owners. The Greater Knoxville SCORE Chapter selected a few web sites which offer guidance in starting and running your... Read more
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Before you Start Your Business

One of the fundamental requirements for starting a business is a business plan. Most if not all funding sources, banks, venture capital firms and/or angel investors require a... Read more
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Grants

In spite of what people see on television or hear from friends, the fact is there is no government agency or private foundation handing out free money to start small businesses,... Read more
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Ten Second Elevator Speech

If you can’t tell me what you do in 15 seconds, I’m not buying, I’m not investing and I’m not interested. An elevator speech according to Wikipedia, is a short summary used to... Read more
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Local Internet Marketing

Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the best marketing tools available. The investment is minimal or free and the time required is insignificant. Read more

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Email Marketing Guidelines

Best Practices for Email Marketing Results 1. “FROM” LINE The “From” should be consistent in your email messages. Many email recipients decide if a message is SPAM by it’s “From”... Read more
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Starting a Non Profit Organization

Starting a non-profit can be a lengthy process; particularly if you wish to solicit donations, apply for grants, and be tax exempt by applying for 501(c)3 status with the Internal... Read more

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