The free workbook -- which offers small business owners an actionable, easy-to-follow curriculum and information on key areas of concern for small businesses -- is available through the Visa Business Network on
-- How to efficiently manage cash flow
-- How to maximize income and the speed with which you get paid
-- How to minimize expenses
-- Knowing your funding options
-- Being prepared for your business's growth and "what if" scenarios
In addition, small business case studies and related advice from SCORE counselors illustrate each business principle, while checklists and financial strategies offer a structured foundation for decision-making.
"As a longtime provider of small business payment cards and related small business services, we understand that it is vital for business owners to have easy access to resources and insight to help them manage the health of their business, especially during challenging economic times," said Raghav Lal, Head of Global Small Business,
Ask SCORE, a function already available on SCORE's website, can now be accessed directly through the Visa Business Network. This tool enables business owners to locate and connect with SCORE mentors in their area who have relevant experience in their business or industry. Small business owners can easily download the Ask SCORE widget to their desktop by visiting www.AskScore.org or the Visa Business Network. Entrepreneurs can ask SCORE mentors about topics ranging from personnel issues to how to write a business plan and typically receive a response within 48 hours.
"Organizations such as SCORE and Visa can help entrepreneurs make it through this recession and can help them ultimately succeed and grow their businesses. The SCORE and Visa Financial Management Workbook is the right tool at the right time to help entrepreneurs manage their money so they can manage for success," said
By offering the workbook and tools online, Visa and SCORE are providing small business owners everywhere with an easy and interactive way to get advice and engage with a community of other small business owners.
To access The Visa/SCORE Small Business Financial Management Workbook and the Ask SCORE application, visit www.VisaBusinessNetwork.com. Compact disc versions of the workbook are available by visiting your local SCORE chapter. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call (800) 634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you or visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.
For more information about Visa Small Business, visit www.visa.com/smallbusiness.
Notes to Editors:
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