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Build your business with help from SCORE, Deschutes Public Library


Whether you’re thinking about starting a small business or have owned one for years, a good business plan is an important strategic tool.

Businesses in the planning stages can use a good plan to help secure funding or investment, and established businesses can use a new or revised plan to focus on areas of potential growth and risk.

Begin or refine your business plan with the help of SCORE mentors and your library. Can’t make it to the business plan workshop? The library also hosts free weekly sessions with SCORE mentors who are committed to fostering vibrant small business communities and helping small business owners thrive in their field.

How to Write a Good Business Plan

Wednesday, January 16 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Downtown Bend Library 601 NW Wall Street, Bend

Are you starting a new business? Facing challenges with your existing business? Looking to expand an existing business? Successful businesses start with a well-researched plan. Join fellow entrepreneurs and SCORE small business mentors for How to Write a Good Business Plan . Find out how to clearly communicate your business purpose and secure funding while learning about market sizing, intellectual property, financial projections, business strategy and more. The session is free, but registration required . Register online here .

SCORE Small Business Counseling

Tuesdays | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Downtown Bend Library 601 NW Wall Street, Bend

Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has “been there, done that.” SCORE business counselors are available Tuesdays at the Downtown Bend Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free and confidential one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary. Sign up at the desk on the second floor for a 30-minute session; spots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Deschutes Public Library, located in the high desert of Central Oregon, serves more than 185,000 Deschutes County residents through libraries in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver. Outreach services to senior centers, day care providers, and homebound residents are an integral part of the Library. The Library’s website provides access to hundreds of resources, magazine articles, downloadable eBooks, and more from the comfort of home and work. And, the Library offers free and dynamic cultural programming for all ages to enrich our daily experience and encourage all residents to Know More.

SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. The Central Oregon SCORE chapter has 20 volunteers on staff to provide small business entrepreneurs free and confidential business counseling services throughout the region.

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