Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

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Preparing for your SCORE Appointment

How to prepare for your initial meeting with your mentor. Read more

Strategic Thinking

Slide presentation outlining key considerations in strategic thinking for your business. Read more

SBA Program Reference Guide

A handy, one-page reference guide to SBA programs Read more

Personal Financial Statement

This Excel spreadsheet is a template for creating a personal financial statement. Read more

NITEC Forum Guideline

Developed by the Northern Illinois Technology Enterprise Center,  Entrepreneurs  should use this outline when seeking investor funding. Read more

Selling your Business

Steps to take and considerations when selling your small business. Read more

Buying a Small Business

The advantages to purchasing an existing business- plus steps to take during the process. Read more

Understanding Credit Scoring

Credit worthiness is evaluated by lending institutions with the assistance of credit scoring. Read more

The ABCs of Borrowing (through traditional lenders)

This article describes types of lending available through traditional sources, and what lenders will be evaluating. Read more

Choosing the Right Bank

What to know in choosing a financial institution.  What to look for and what services are offered. Read more

Financial Management

The importance and role of financial management in a business. Read more