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2018 Winners of the American Small Business Championship
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SCORE and Sam's Club Announce the 2018 Winners of the American Small Business Championship

Over 1,000 small businesses entered the American Small Business Championship to get personalized business training and a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes. After judging and voting ended, 102 small businesses representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. won. Meet some of the winners.

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How to Maximize Profit When Selling Your Business

April 25, 2018,

Business owners decide it’s time to sell for many reasons. Some of the standard tips for how to get the most for your investment when selling a business are less obvious than others. Here are some of the less obvious tips available.

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What’s Your Excuse for Not Having a Business Website?

April 24, 2018,

In 2018, only about 50 percent of small businesses have invested in a website. But small business businesses must have their own websites these days to succeed. Social media is not the answer to promoting anymore. Read why and how to create an inexpensive website.

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Readying Your Products for E-Commerce Success

April 19, 2018,

Online marketplaces have leveled the playing field for small businesses, effectively helping them leap geographic boundaries and sell their products in markets that would never have been possible. Read these three steps you should take to help ready your products for e-commerce sale.

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Mentoring for SCORE Fills an Important Role

April 18, 2018,

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we want to highlight one of our more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers. Curtis Springstead, Chairman and mentor for the SCORE Northeast NJ Chapter, explains why he became a SCORE volunteer and how the experience has helped him.

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6 Grave Mistakes You’re Making with Your Business Credit Card

April 17, 2018,

Securing a credit card for your business can be a great way to build up your credit score. Being a responsible card user can open up other financing opportunities for you down the road. Let’s look at the six biggest mistakes business owners make with their credit cards, and how you can avoid them.

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The Advantages of Being a SCORE Subject Matter Expert

You don’t need to be retired to put your business expertise to good use! Serving as a SCORE “subject matter expert” can give you the flexibility you need while still allowing you to provide vital industry tips to burgeoning businesses and startups in your field.

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What are the Qualified Business Deductions Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

April 11, 2018,

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a new 20% deduction for pass-through entities. Though the IRS has not fully interpreted the new rules—which won’t go into effect until the 2019 tax season—many of the implications are clear. Many are not.

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Is There an Embezzler in Your Company?

April 10, 2018,

For many small business owners, their staff is more like family. That’s why it can be so painful to think that one of your employees is an embezzler. The majority (55 percent) of embezzlement takes place at companies with fewer than 100 employees.

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What Kind of Content Is Best for Nurture Efforts?

April 5, 2018,

Content marketing and advertising — both are methods for creating positive brand associations and attracting new audiences. But only one of them guides leads throughout the sales process and creates long-term brand advocates: content marketing.

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Pass-Through Entities Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

April 4, 2018,

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brought renewed focus upon pass-through entities (PTEs). In spite of their widespread popularity, PTEs are commonly misunderstood. While thought of primarily as small businesses with few employees that generate a fraction of overall business profits, the truth about PTEs tells a very different story.

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