Financing Sources

Many clients believe that banks are a source of funds for a new business, but this is rarely true. Banks require a good business and credit history, along with collateral for the... Read more


Partnership Formation Checklist

Every partnership, no mater how large or small, needs a written Partnership Agreement. Agreements reduce the likelihood of future disagreements, and in the rare case one should... Read more


Make No Mistake

Everyone makes mistakes, but you wouldn't believe some of the blunders I've seen in business plans over the years. Here are some real examples from recent plans I have read: "... Read more

How to Choose a Lawyer with Business and Legal Savvy

Here are a few simple suggestions of what to consider when selecting a corporate attorney. Demand responsiveness. Good attorneys are responsive to their client’s needs. If you are... Read more

Choose the Best Business Structure

In starting my own business, I had a big decision to make. Should I begin as a sole proprietor, a sub chapter S corporation or a limited liability company? Each offers its... Read more

Protect your business assets — know the rules

Today’s litigious and highly complex business arena often requires more specialization than most small businesses are able to provide on their own. For example, employing part-... Read more

Why Start-ups Fail

Question:  I believe I have a sound business idea, have done focus groups and am working on the business plans. But I find the percentage of start-ups that fail very disheartening... Read more

How to Successfully Start or Buy a Business in 2008

Note:  While written in 2007, the principles in this article are timeless. New business trends make 2008 a year of great opportunity. If you want to start or buy a company, there... Read more

Turn Annual Reports into Best-sellers

The Annual Report is too often underutilized in the literature racks of public companies. While thoroughly and sometimes even artfully detailing yearly achievement, it frequently... Read more

Know Your Market Before Developing a Marketing Plan

In creating a marketing plan for your new product or service (i.e. a new thingamajig), assessment of the probable size and dimensions of the customer base you will target for your... Read more

Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and Non-Disclosures

The following document is a collection of opinions from knowledgeable SCORE counselors.  By viewing this document, you indicate that you understand that this document is not legal... Read more