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Your Bright Idea for Career Success Starts Here

Recession worries are starting to fade. The Labor Day holiday is approaching. And, you have a bright idea.

Recareering is becoming popular as more people look at their skills and great ideas with a view to being their own boss.

If you have a unique idea, solid business skills and are looking to reinvent your career, then small business may be fore you.

Now is the time to think about your skills, future and how to get there. Here are some tools to help you evaluate a small business career:

Do You Have an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

Start-up Advice: Ask a SCORE Mentor Online

Christine Banning, SCORE
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  1. MicheleVisitor

    I am a SCORE mentor online. I get so many people asking me questions and spend so much time helping people with large and small issues. I am here to help.

  2. Pat:

    I suggest you do the following:

    1) Visit the SBA site to gather info on the 7(a) loan programs. Visit http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/7alenderprograms/index.html

    2) Find a SCORE office in your community to meet with a mentor to look at how you can prepare the documents for an application. Visit http://www.score.org/findscore/index.html

    3) SCORE does not give recommendations of specific lenders. However, the chapter can talk share the lender information for those that they know participate in 7 (A) .

    Best of luck in your venture.


  3. Pat SnokeVisitor

    HI
    I am in partnership with 2 other women forming a start up company with a product that is in the process of research and development with patent applications to follow.

    We are looking to apply for a small business loan (7a) once we have order commitments from the us military- which we are very sure of obtaining.

    Can you recommend lenders that may be open to this type of investment

  4. Hi Courtney:

    Thanks for writing at the start of your journey. Since you have two ideas, here is a place to start:

    1) Think about what you love and your best expertise and strengths. Narrow your choice to one path.

    2) Look at your skills and capabilities and your strengths for entrepreneurship. Try this assessment to get started.

    http://www.e-myth.com/score/skills/

    3) Then, contact SCORE at 1-800/634-0245 to find a local SCORE office. Meet with a mentor in person to brainstorm and talk through your ideas. This can really help you refine focus and look at the business and its profit potential.

    Best of luck on your journey.

    Christine

  5. Carl:

    Glad you like the blogs. Thanks for being a loyal reader. The blogs just touch the surface of the amazing knowledge and skills of our mentors–in helping increase small biz success. Sorry, your outreach to connect with an office didn’t work out.

    SCORE would be honored to help you find a great counselor match. I will email you personally to help connect you with a good mentor match.

    Our online workshops can also be a great resource at http://www.score.org/online_workshops.html

    All the best,
    Christine


  6. courtney whitesideVisitor

    HI MY NAME IS COURTNEY I AM INTERESTED IN STARTING A BUSINESS AND I AM UNDECIDED. I WANT TO START A NURSING HOME FACILITY BUT PEOPLE SAY THAT IS JUST TO MUCH TO HANDLE AND LIABILITY. OR A DAY CARE CENTER PLEASE CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME ADVICE


  7. carlVisitor

    Hi Christine
    I love your blogs and other women score blogs to
    i have been geting alot out of it except where you say to contact
    your score mentor because i refuse to do that because i have tryed and tryed and tryed and never got any help . i even had the person that runs the score office call me and told me what to do and i did that to and nothing so please keep on writing your blogs and i will keep on reading them and put them to work without score witch i have been doing and it does work and i have been telling others about women score blogs to
    thank you for all your advice
    Carl

 

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