Small Business Newsletter
Chapter Chair
  Ann Riegle Crichton
Chapter Chair

The Dayton Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1970 as a nonprofit volunteer organization to assist the Small Business Administration (SBA) in helping grass roots profit and nonprofit businesses to start and grow in the Miami Valley area.

Poor financial management is one of the primary reasons businesses close within the first year of operations.

In an effort to save money, many small business owners try to tackle keeping their own books. But this can really be a disaster if the person behind the computer keyboard of the ledger doesn't know what they are doing. 
A good bookkeeper or accountant is one professional you should definitely have in your small business tool box. They can keep you legal, in the black and up-to-date. They can also help you grow your business by analyzing your cash flow, profit and loss, etc.

Attend our next Meet The Expert session on Feb 20 where Lance Bradstreet of Bradstreet and Co CPAs will share discuss in more detail the benefits of using a professional to do your finances.
(see article below).
Meet the Experts Workshops
Expert Workshop Classes:
Feb 20 - Benefits and Importance of a business accountant
Mar 19 - Insurance needed to protect a small business owner
Apr 16 - Liabilities and considerations when hiring employees
Meet the Experts is a new series that offers small business owners, whether starting out or in business for years, the chance to meet with a business expert or service provider in an informal, casual setting.
Bring your questions as there will be plenty of time for discussion.
These sessions are presented in partnership with Dayton SCORE and the Launch Pad program.

Google Small Business Workshops
Google Workshop Classes:
Feb 18 - Get your business online
Mar 17 - Using data to drive business growth
Apr 21 - Use YouTube to grow your business
In today's e-commerce environment it is essential that you implement Google to grow your online experience and profit.
All workshops hosted in partnership with Dayton SCORE and taught by Rob Bunting , Google Czar at Cincinnati I- Marketing Group 

Partner Workshops
Workshop Class:
Feb 4 - Setting the Stage for Sales and Fundraising Success at the Montgomery County Business Solutions Center 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presented in partnership with Dayton SCORE and Wibn, this workshop will teach you what you need to do before the sales process even starts. 
If your business includes sales or fundraising, you have an excellent opportunity to learn from Brenda Aveyard . She will help you develop a plan to bring in more money!
While it isn't one of the free workshops we try to offer regularly, I promise you it will be worth your time and money to hear Brenda's message.
NonProfit Spring 2020 Workshops
The Spring 2020 Nonprofit series focuses on topics that our research has shown to be of critical importance to nonprofits. These workshops include:
Apr 2 - Strategic Planning
Apr 15 - Board Development
Apr 29 - Fundraising
May 14 - Volunteer Mgt
May 28 - Marketing
Jun 11 - Financial Mgt

Dayton SCORE provides free mentoring to nonprofit organizations and charities by volunteers experienced in working as board members and executives in nonprofit organizations.  
All Dayton SCORE nonprofit workshops are presented by local professionals including attorneys, accountants, marketers, bankers, etc.
Miami Valley Calendar of Workshops and Events
Better Business Bureau Partnership
Monday, February 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wright State University, Rike Hall Lobby
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn

Cost: $10 for BBB Accredited Businesses/Charities & WiBN Members. Parking passes will be provided to business attendees.
Free For WSU Students

Better Business Bureau is pleased to partner with Wright State University students involved in its Management Club and Human Resources Club to bring you a unique networking opportunity...
This is a great event to connect Miami Valley business leaders with future business leaders. Businesses in attendance can check out the talent that will soon be entering the workplace.

They can also promote internships and recruit potential team members. Students can expand their business networks and learn what business leaders are looking for in new hires. It will be a relaxing evening. Light refreshments will be provided. It will be worth the investment of your time.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Visit or call (937) 610-2270 to reserve your spot today.
Do you have a great idea for a new business? Introducing the new SCORE Startup Roadmap, sponsored by FedEx. The Startup Roadmap gives you a simple, step-by-step approach to planning and launching your new business. To reach your destination faster, work on the Startup Roadmap with a SCORE mentor as your guide.  
Did you know we record all SCORE LIVE webinars? Explore our vast archive of recorded webinars with expert insights on business topics and challenges that you can watch on demand. 

February 6 | 1 PM ET
Learn about the sales funnel stages and how they affect consumer behavior, so you know what to do at each stage to maximize its impact.
February 11 | 1 PM ET
Join us for this LIVE Q&A session with certified CPA and small business tax expert Micah Fraim. The hour will be dedicated to answering your tax-related questions and concerns

February 13 | 1 PM ET
This webinar will show you the 7 steps needed to start a business, even if you have a small budget. Find out everything you need to know to launch the dream.

February 20 | 1 PM ET
Get the tools you need to quickly, easily and effectively create your ideal marketing strategy in this webinar sponsored by Deluxe. 
February 27 | 2 PM ET
Tax specialists Jamese Blakely-Martin and Jeff Graham, will discuss the basics of Florida state sales and use tax.

Start or grow your business with a SCORE mentor. Entrepreneurs who work with a mentor are five times more likely to start a business than those who do not have a mentor. 
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for more than 50 years.  

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and thanks to our network of 10,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at a very low cost.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.