Category Archives: Startups

Are you a military Veteran and thinking about owning your own business?

Here are some tools that will make things a little easier.

The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) is designed to save you time! BusinessUSA makes it easier for small businesses to access Federal services, regardless of its source. VA OSDBU quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant ‘best-practices’ and information. Collectively, VEP offers direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.

Start a Business

Start a Business
This interactive tool connects you to the right resources specific to your small business objective. Navigate through relevant topics to access information on starting a business.
Learn how to start a business »

Access Financing

Access Financing
Use this customized wizard to identify financing resources to support the start-up, development, or growth of your small business.
Learn about financial resources »

Grow Your Business

Grow Your Business
Find out how to successfully expand your small business. Explore dedicated subjects with valuable information and resources to help you grow your company.
Learn how to grow your business »

Find Opportunities

Find Opportunities
Become familiar with Federal government contracting programs. Answer a few quick questions in this wizard to find Federal opportunities that align with your small business.
Find Federal government contracting programs » Continue reading

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Free Workbook and Online Workshop Series

Simple Steps for Starting Your BusinessMake a smart start on your business idea with the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business series by SCORE mentors, sponsored by Canon, U.S.A.

Watch the online workshop modules and download the free guide to get practical information and exercises that will help you determine whether starting a small business is right for you.

Take the Online Course

Download the Guide (here)


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New sessions for Kitsap BE$T… Business Education Support & Training Program

Thinking of Starting or Expanding your Business? 

Kitsap’s BE$T (Business Education Support & Training) Program will help you learn the skills necessary to succeed!

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  • Develop your Business Concept
  • Define and understand who your customer base is
  • Learn about money management and break even point
  • Study cash flow, pricing, taxes and financial statements
  • Design a marketing and sales plan
  • Develop your own business feasibility study
  • Obtain training and on-going support      

Free Winter Get Ready for Business Workshops & Orientations – Pick One! Continue reading

Ask SCORE: How do I get a business license?

Kitsap County does not require business licenses but the cities of Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton each have business license requirements.

NOTE: Businesses NOT physically located in the city, but still doing work there, are required to obtain a license for the city. Business should check to make sure their use is compliant with land use and zoning.

All business must apply for a Master Business License from the Washington State Department of Licensing, which registers the business with the state departments of Revenue, Licensing, Labor and Industries, Employment Security, Secretary of State, and the Washington State Department of Commerce.

A new corporation locating in the State of Washington must file for Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State‘s office, which will issue a UBI (Unified Business Identifier) number.

5 overlooked options for financing your small business.

Need financing to start or grow your business? If you’re starting a business that requires significant financial investment up front, finding a source of funding can be a challenge. Many start-ups and new small businesses often find they may not qualify for a traditional small business bank loan. Without a proven track record of 3-5 years under your belt and/or established business credit, many banks simply won’t take the risk. But before you risk your life savings or re-mortgage your home, you should know about some possible alternatives.  Continue reading

16 steps to starting a business while working full time.

16 Steps to Starting a Business While Working Full time Do you dream of being your own boss?

If you want to start a business, but aren’t quite ready to give up your job and its accompanying security, salary and benefits, don’t worry; you don’t have to.

Working full time doesn’t have to mean giving up on your entrepreneurial dreams.

In fact, starting a business while working full time is a great way to test the waters of entrepreneurship and gradually grow your startup into a full-time business.

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Part 1: Get Ready

  • STEP 1: Select a Business
  • STEP 2: Write Your Business Plan
  • STEP 3: Goal Setting and Planning
  • STEP 4: Choose Your Marketing Methods
  • STEP 5: Figure Out Your Finances

Part 2: Get Set

  • STEP 6: Know the Rules 10
  • STEP 7: Set Up Your First Office
  • STEP 8: Business Licenses, Taxes and Insurance
  • STEP 9: Invest in Your Image
  • STEP 10: Find Your First Customers
  • STEP 11: Manage Your Money
  • STEP 12: Manage Your Time
  • STEP 13: Manage Your Energy Level
  • STEP 14: Create Work/Life Balance
  • STEP 15: Work Your Business Network

Part 3: Start

  • STEP 16: Go for It!

Authored for SCORE by The UPS Store

With more than 4,300 locations, The UPS Store comprises the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. Because each location is run by a small business owner, they understand the challenges and rewards of running your own business. In addition to packing and shipping services, your locally owned The UPS Store offers professional printing services, mailboxes with a real street address, notary, direct mail services, and more.