Small Business Resources: Greater Richmond Partnership

Partnership Launches New Website – Redesign The Greater Richmond Partnership launched a new website, which includes a variety of business resources such as regional news, business publications, newsletters and business data for Central Virginia. Here’s an excerpt of their recent press release announcing the site redesign: Richmond, VA (July 14, 2009) – The Greater Richmond […]

Small Business: How to Get Your DUNS Number for ARC Loans

ARC Loan Application Processing Info Is your business applying for an ARC Loan? If so, you’ll need a DUNS number. To process applications for SBA’s ARC Loan Program, small businesses need to provide their existing DUNS number or obtain one for their business entity. DUNS numbers are needed to obtain the credit score required for […]

AIM Custom Media: How to Add Your Event to LinkedIn

More than likely, you noticed we frequently use LinkedIn Events to share our activities with business colleagues and clients as well as our social networking friends. Seminars, webinars and related events are important activities we engage in to enhance our education, share our knowledge and forge new relationships. How do you add your business seminar […]

June Another Weak Month for Retail Sales

The nation’s stores reported dismal monthly sales for June and a recovery in retailing is unlikely in the near future. Yesterday (Thursday, July 9), the industry posted a 4.9 percent sales decline for June, in contrast to a 1.9 percent increase a year ago when tax rebate checks were burning holes in everyone’s pockets. The […]

Funding: Good News For Entrepreneurs in Virginia

Lack of capital can stymie an otherwise viable growing small business with excellent growth potential. Hence, the creation of SBA loans to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs with solid business acumen. And, certain banks welcome you at the door. New York-based M&T Bank has purchased eight Richmond, VA, branches of Provident bank, which reportedly […]

Marketing: Brand Awareness and Brand Engagement

Do you know the difference between brand awareness and brand engagement? Are you a small business owner that thinks branding is a marketing activity for only the large companies such as Mercedes-Benz or Sony? Branding is important for all companies, regardless of size and budget. Consider these questions and answers provided to SCORE by Gemini […]

Marketing: Online Marketing Tips For Your Events

For service providers, event marketing is a staple in today’s business environment. The face-to-face time with prospects in a setting that highlights your industry expertise carries excellent marketing value. But first, you need people to show up. How do you market events successfully using the Internet? Social Networks Sites such as LinkedIn.com and Facebook.com allow […]

2009 Recovery Act Small Business Loans

Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) & the U.S. Small Business Administration are presenting a workshop to help small businesses. How to gain access to less expensive loans is on the workshop agenda: Helping Virginia Small Businesses Survive the Economic Downturn This workshop will provide information to Virginia small businesses about: Less expensive and more accessible small […]

Marketing: Trigger Words and Phases for Content

As it turns out, there are some words that energize the reader, boost his or her confidence and instill hope. Great copy writers know that the right words invoke emotion and certain words definitely work better than others. That’s why experienced copy writers often keep a list of great words by their side when writing. […]

Marketing Presentation Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

On Saturday, February 28, 2009, I will be giving a short presentation on marketing at a small business development seminar title, “Starting & Growing a Business in Today’s Economy. The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce and SCORE are hosting the event. Details below: Starting & Growing a Business in Today Economy Saturday February 28, 2009 […]

SBA Warns of Fraudulent Letters

SBA Warns of Fraudulent Attempts to Obtain Bank Account Information from Small Businesses AIM Custom Media News: Small Business Association – SBA/Feb. 18, 2009/Press Release/WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a scam alert today to small businesses, warning them not to respond to letters falsely claiming to have been sent by the SBA […]