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Gray Poehler's Ask SCORE - Article Archive

Gray Poehler is a volunteer member with Richmond SCORE. His articles are published bi-weekly in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond's primary newspaper. 

Ask SCORE: Do your due diligence when buying a business
- Nov 9, 2021

Ask SCORE: Beware of Scams when applying for a grant
- Oct 24, 2021

Ask SCORE: Rethinking your business model
- Oct 3, 2021

Ask SCORE: How to secure a SBA loan
- Sep 12, 2021

Ask SCORE: Employees are the face of your business and their actions can affect the bottom line
- Aug 29, 2021

Ask SCORE: Cybersecurity tips to protect your small business
- Aug 9, 2021

Ask SCORE: Learn to delegate so you can do critical thinking and planning to take your business to the next level
- Jul 11, 2021

Ask SCORE: A strong marketing strategy helps to identify, attract and retain profitable customers
- June 27, 2021

Ask SCORE: A well-constructed business plan is needed to address the necessary steps to form a small business
- June 13, 2021

Ask SCORE: How can employers compensate key workers without giving up equity?
- May 23, 2021

Ask SCORE: What makes a great sales person?
- May 9, 2021

Ask SCORE: Businesses need to plan for an economic recovery
- April 25, 2021

Ask SCORE: Small businesses need to prioritize by focusing on two main objectives
- April 11, 2021

Ask SCORE: Small business owners need to develop a viable exit strategy of their businesses
- April 1, 2021

Ask SCORE: Having a target marketing program allows businesses to focus the message
- March 14, 2021

Ask SCORE: Choosing the right name for your business
- February 23, 2021

Ask SCORE: Buying a business is a big decision, but follow these tips when conducting due diligence
- February 6, 2021

Ask SCORE: How to develop an effective marketing strategy?
- January 27, 2021

Ask SCORE:  How to make the most from video conferencing?
- January 17, 2021

Ask SCORE:  How should small businesses prepare for 2021?
- December 29, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Optimizing a website is both an art and a science
- December 12, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Being proactive is a better business strategy than being reactive
- November 30, 2020

Ask SCORE: Mistakes to avoid as a small business owner
- November 15, 2020

Ask SCORE: Dreams of owning a business begin with small, important steps
- November 5, 2020

Ask SCORE: Advantages to using Linkedin for a job search
- October 17, 2020

Ask SCORE: How to minimize attrition of customers in your business
- September 20, 2020

Ask SCORE: Can you turn around a failing business?
- September 12, 2020

Ask SCORE: Survival guide for the retailer
- August 22, 2020

Ask SCORE: Steps to take to transition from corporate exec to business owner
- August 8, 2020

Ask SCORE: Re-inventing your business model
- July 25, 2020

Ask SCORE: The pros and cons of working at home
- July 11, 2020

Ask SCORE: How to collect money owed without alienating the customer
- June 27, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Regularly reviewing cash-flow statements can help avoid business failure
- June13, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Small business tips for managing cash flow
- May 23, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Now is a good time to revisit your business plan
- May 9, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Small business owners may want to consider financing alternative
- May 2, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Does my business insurance cover the coronavirus
- Mar 28th, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Before starting a new company, determine a business model
- Mar 14th, 2020

Ask SCORE:  How to select the right insurance for your small business
- Feb 22nd, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Mistakes small businesses must avoid
- Feb 1st, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Now is the time to revisit your business plan
- Jan 17th, 2020

Ask SCORE:  There is no one size fits all formula in valuing a service business
- Dec 21st, 2019

Ask SCORE:  Marketing your business is a combination of steps
- Dec 7th, 2019

Ask SCORE:  To keep customers happy, train your workers well
- Nov 23rd, 2020

Ask SCORE:  Is my worker an employee or independent contractor
- Nov 16th, 2019

Ask SCORE: Do have what it takes to start your own business?
- Oct 26, 2019

Ask SCORE: Delegating tasks to others is smart business practice
- Oct 12, 2019

Ask SCORE: Should you consider seller-financing when buying a business?
- Sep 28, 2019

Ask SCORE: How to close the sale
- Sep 7, 2019

Ask SCORE: Know the difference when developing a sales and marketing strategy
- Aug 10, 2019

Ask SCORE: How to protect your small business from hackers
- Jul 28, 2019

Ask SCORE: 5 mistakes small business owners should avoid
- Jul 6, 2019

Ask SCORE: How to price your product or service - and still make a profit
- Jun 22, 2019

Ask SCORE: Alternative sources of funding for small businesses
- Jun 8, 2019

Ask SCORE: A one-page business plan can help answer critical questions facing a start-up business
- May 25, 2019

Ask SCORE: Steps to consider when forming a not-for-profit entity
- May 11, 2019

Ask SCORE: How to locate potential customers
- Apr 28, 2019

Ask SCORE: Mistakes to avoid as a small business owner
- Apr 6, 2019

Ask SCORE: Prepare your business now for the next economic downturn
- Mar 23, 2019

Ask SCORE: Scenarios to consider when thinking of starting a second career
- Mar 9, 2019

Ask SCORE: Nothing happens until someone sells something
- Feb 16, 2019

Ask SCORE: Is it better to buy a business or start a business from scratch?
- Jan 26, 2019

Ask SCORE: Change is inevitable so business must anticipate change and tweak as needed
- Jan 12, 2019

Ask SCORE: Learn how to read your customer's body language
- Dec 22, 2018

Ask SCORE: Should your small business hire an accountant or bookkeeper?
- Dec 2, 2018

Ask SCORE: Is your business deriving any benefit from your company website?
- Nov 11, 2018

Ask SCORE: How liquid are your assets?
- Oct 21, 2018

Ask SCORE: Why you need a business plan?
- Oct 7, 2018

Ask SCORE: Small businesses need to develop a disaster management strategy
- Sep 22, 2018

Ask SCORE: Find your customers' 'pain' to differentiate yourself from competition
- September 8, 2018

Ask SCORE: Think small with niche marketing but be careful
- August 26, 2018

Ask SCORE: Pros and cons of niche marketing
- August 12, 2018

Ask SCORE: What does SCORE stand for?
- July 29, 2018

Ask SCORE: Be aware of trends that will change the environment in which you do business
- July 8, 2018

Ask SCORE: Smart employers recognize the benefits of a multigenerational workforce
- June 24, 2018

Ask SCORE: Five tips to ensure a positive sales outcome
- June 10, 2018

Ask SCORE: If you want to grow your business, do what you do best and bring on someone else to help
- May 27, 2018

Ask SCORE: How to make the best of a bad decision
- May 13, 2018

Ask SCORE: Six mistakes to avoid in running a small business
- April 22, 2018

Ask SCORE: Are you deriving any benefit from your company website?
- April 1, 2018

Ask SCORE: What information should you seek if buying a small business?
- March 11, 2018

Ask SCORE: Need advice? Ask your employees
- February 11, 2018

Ask SCORE: Steps to starting your small business
- January 28, 2018

Ask SCORE: The high cost of employee turnover
- January 7, 2018