Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating; but you have lots of support. Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Browse these tools, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

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A Step by Step Guide to Hiring Your First Employee

You're ready to hire your first employee--congratulations! This free SCORE guide will walk you through the steps to finding and onboarding your first employee.   Read more

SCORE Maine 2019 Impact Data

SCORE Maine 2019 Impact Data Read more


SCORE Crowdfunding Guide

This guide is a resource for anyone considering, or planning a crowdfunding campaign. Learn about the tools and services available to you, the differences between crowsfunding... Read more

Guide to Doing Business in Portland

Portland's Economic Development Department's in-depth guide to city licensing, permits, resources, taxes and more. Read more

Portland Public Library's Business Data Resources

"Business Data" might sound dense, but there's a wealth of information about your industry available (for free!). Whether you're a marketing wonk or an aspiring restaurant owner... Read more

One-page Business Plan Template

Sketch out your idea on this easy to use document. This is a great place to start before you jump into writing an in-depth business plan. We use this template in Portland SCORE's... Read more

How Much Should I Bill Per Hour?

A handy template designed to help you with pricing your services. Read more

Single Owner LLC Operating Agreement

Use this template to get started on your LLC Operating Agreement. Read more