Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating.

With SCORE, you have lots of support. Browse these tools and find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Your SCORE mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.

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SEO - Search Engine Optimization

An optimized website is crucial for running a competitive business in today’s electronic world. Youngstown SCORE happily offers its small business clients free SEO advise so they... Read more


Small Business Manufacturing

Manufacturing operations can be conducted by a small business, especially in our area. New companies face the daunting task of developing a business plan, acquiring capital,... Read more


Toyota Production System (TPS)

The Toyota Production System, or TPS, is an integrated lean manufacturing system, developed by Toyota, that institutes its management  philosophy and practices. A practice that... Read more

Who should create a business plan?

The real question isn’t “Who should create a business plan?” but “Who shouldn’t?”  Every company truly needs a detailed strategy on how they expect to succeed, or they are rolling... Read more


What is the purpose of a business plan?

A business plan has two primary purposes. First, and foremost, it should be used to help run your company with a more cohesive vision.  It is your roadmap. By truly analyzing your... Read more


How to Create a Business Plan

Understand the business plan elements The first step of creating an effective business plan is to become familiar with the typical elements by looking at the question “What is a... Read more

What is a Business Plan?

The simple definition of a business plan is that it is a roadmap for how you are running or how you intend to run your small business.  It is comprehensive and covers virtually... Read more


A Business Plan: Everything you need to know

Youngstown SCORE executives have decades of experience in both creating and reviewing business plans. We share this expert advice for free.  You can review some of the content... Read more


Five Questions to Prepare You to Borrow Capital with Confidence

April 21, 2021,

Deciding whether or not to take out a business loan is a big decision. Ask yourself these five questions to determine if this is the right step for you.


Small Business And Big Risks

April 20, 2021,

We analyze some of the biggest risks faced by small businesses and show you how you can keep them under control.