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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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Should Your Small Business Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?

April 3, 2018,

Over 40% of cyber-attacks are specifically intended for small businesses. Its worth consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs allow you to connect to the Internet via a private server, which encrypts your connection and shores up your privacy.

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Small Towns as Business Incubators

March 29, 2018,

Small towns have undergone dramatic change, from being the central meeting place for farms and villages, to becoming isolated bedroom neighborhoods of larger cities. One of the most successful support structures for small business growth have been business incubators.

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What You Need to Know to Start a Service-Based Business

March 28, 2018,

If you have a skill you’re ready to sell, now’s the time to jump in and get started. Nearly 550,000 people start businesses each month. Read these tips to start your entrepreneurial journey on the right track.

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How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

March 27, 2018,

In recent years, more and more people have become interested in working for, supporting, or even starting nonprofits. If you have a strong passion for a cause and want to turn it into your life’s work, here are some things to consider before you try to start a nonprofit organization.

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