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Being a good manager is part of the job of running a small business. Even if you have only a handful of employees, it’s still up to you to help them give their best for the sake your company, your customers, and themselves.

Kevin McDonald, of the McDonald Agency in The Villages, has been recognized by Allstate Insurance Company for his superior standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitability.

Two heads are better than one, especially when trying to build a successful small business. That’s why many entrepreneurs team up to launch partnerships.

Internet search advertising has been hailed as a great equalizer for small businesses. No longer limited by the size of print- and broadcast-oriented advertising budgets, a one-person company has as much chance of reaching customers as its multi-national counterparts, yet at a fraction of the cost

SCORE is offering a comprehensive series of 4 three hour workshops designed to help you get ready to launch your new business. Experts will take you through the key aspects of starting a business.

In many ways, navigating the world of information technology (IT) has never been easier. Websites that once required extensive programming and development can now be created within hours using WordPress and other technologies. You can pick up a Wi-Fi router and be online from anywhere in your facility the same day. The proliferation of hardware—PCs, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices—allows you to make purchases based on price as well as capability.

Health care was once almost a routine employee perk. But as costs have spiraled over the years, businesses of all sizes have cut back on their coverage or increased the employee’s contribution; some have eliminate the benefit altogether.

Lawmakers took steps to improve brownfield designations through clear and efficient government processes by passing HB 325 by Representative Charlie Stone (R-Ocala). The passage of HB 325 comes after the Florida Chamber's successful advocacy efforts to replace the trial lawyer friendly Senate bill, which would have encouraged trial lawyers to file more lawsuits and potentially eliminated brownfield properties from being revitalized and reused, with the House bill.

Though days still have 24 hours, and years are guaranteed to have no fewer than 12 months, it does sometimes seem as if the world is turning faster and faster. Patterns, trends, and technologies that seemed rock-solid last year can spike in a different direction at a moment’s notice.

As part of SCORE’s collaboration with The Villages Commercial Property Management and The Villages Lifelong Learning College, local medical managers enjoyed a knowledge-packed seminar on Medical Practice Management held at the Lake Miona Recreation Center on April 22nd. The seminar was organized by Rick Reeves, a SCORE member from the Village of Piedmont, and the presentation was done by Dr. Aaron Liberman, the esteemed past Chair of the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is always looking to spend taxpayers’ money wisely. One way this can be achieved is through the competitive bidding process when it comes to purchasing goods and services from vendors.

Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+, or "encore entrepreneurs", are turning to small business ownership.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50. As a resource partner of the SBA, SCORE is presenting a series of workshops which help entrepreneurs test their new business idea and get started on the right path.

How did Ray and Karen Levy obtain a business loan commitment in just two days and amass $750 million in total sales since the inception of their business? For the answer, look no further than the Lake County Business Opportunity Center (BOC) that helped the married couple last December during the process to buy their dream business, Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty in Mount Dora.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County will offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn some basics of marketing at a free seminar entitled, “Basic Marketing.”

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering two sessions of a class to help business owners increase revenue by marketing to the government.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, will offer another opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Start-Up Basics.”

As Florida’s economy continues to recover, small businesses are becoming less concerned with adverse economic conditions and more concerned about obtaining financing. According to the most recent Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Survey, 25 percent of respondents stated access to capital as the single most important issue facing their businesses today. Economic uncertainty followed a close second, with 22 percent citing it as the most important issue.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering classes to help business owners understand the process of selling to the government.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office sued Florida Center of Corporations and its owner, Thomas H. Fred Jr., for allegedly deceiving companies by sending them letters giving the impression that they had to pay additional fees to become corporations when, in fact, they were already corporations under the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations. According to the lawsuit, since February 2013, more than 12,000 Florida businesses have paid fees to the Center in response to these deceptive mailings.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering a hands-on seminar intended to help entrepreneurs and business owners compose successful business plans.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds Governor Rick Scott for helping to make Florida more competitive by signing four Florida Chamber-backed bills into law today.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, again will offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business at a free seminar entitled, “Start-Up Basics.”

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UCF-Lake County, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering two programs to help businesses become certified vendors, and also understand the process of selling to all levels of government.

The Small Business Development Center, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering a “Contractor vs. Employee” seminar to help small-business owners correctly classify its workers and avoid potential liabilities. The class also will cover current IRS regulations, basic employment law, worker’s compensation, insurance impacts and best business strategies.

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