SCORE is the place to go for answers

Tips For Small Business

November 23, 2008|By Stephen L. Rosenstein

If you plan to start a small business, chances are you have many questions. If you haven't already, sooner or later you may be wondering:

* How do I get a business loan?

* Where are the good places to advertise?

* What workplace safety laws govern my business?

* Should I be sole proprietor or form a corporation?

* What should my pricing formula be?

* Can my community support another business like mine?

* How do I interpret an advertising rate card?

* Should I run the business from home or rent a space?

* Should I trademark my business name?

One resource for getting the answers to questions like these is SCORE, "Counselors to America's Small Business." The nonprofit association has 10,500 business experts nationwide who donate their skills, experience and insights through free, confidential counseling.

SCORE business counselors have owned or worked for successful small businesses, plus corporations known worldwide. You can be mentored by bankers, accountants, marketing experts, computer programmers, line managers, human resource professionals or CEOs.

The Greater Baltimore SCORE Chapter No. 3 is looking for business professionals willing to give their time to help entrepreneurs. We invite working and retired executives, small-business owners, educators and other professionals to become volunteer counselors.

The group also needs volunteers with strong organizational skills to work with counselors and clients in outreach programs, marketing, setting up and running workshops and general office support.

Stephen L. Rosenstein is co-chairman of the Greater Baltimore SCORE Chapter No. 3. Call 410-962-2233 to speak to a SCORE counselor or visit To send a question to SCORE, e-mail

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