Here’s the preimer edition of our BrowardSCORE chapter newsletter. Each month, we’ll be sending out useful links, business tidbits and more to help you become more successful. Email us! We’d love to learn your thoughts and insights for future content.
As most of you know, we’ve launched our first satellite office in Margate. Many thanks go out to Margate City Manager, Frank Porcella, Margate Redevlopment Assistant Director, Dennis Holste, Chamber President, Jack Tobin and Chamber Executive Director, Jamie Milner. Without their expert knowledge and support, it never would have become a reality.

BrowardSCORE presents small business workshops on the first and third Tuesdays at the Margate Community Center, located at 6199 NW 10th Street. You can check upcoming workshops by following the links in the right sidebar.

In addition to the workshops, counselors are available, by appointment, for meetings at the Margate Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber offices are located at 1025 State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063. The Chamber phone is 954.582.0399. Appointments can be made by phone to 954.356.7263, or by email to mail@browardscore.org.
BrowardSCORE LinkedIn Group
On the heels of Paul Hartmann’s excellent workshop, Grow Your Business With Social Media, we thought it would be a good idea to practice what we’re preach. So, in addition our Facebook Page and Twitter, we’ve set up a LinkedIn Group for the chapter. You’ll find news and resources, but one of the best parts will be the Discussions. Our hope is that you participate in the conversations and network with SCORE counselors and other small business owners in the area. Post your burning questions and maybe answer a few too. If you're not already a LinkedIn member, join up, post your profile and get in on the conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.

From BusinessWeek | Small Business
How to Defeat Big-Box Competitors – Strategies for independent retailers

Independent retailers compete with Goliaths by inspiring "customer love," says Dave Ratner, founder of Dave's Soda & Pet City, a small Massachusetts chain.
Listen to the podcast.

From the Wall Street Journal Online | Small Business
Three Best Ways to Create a Brand Name
Creating a great brand name is almost half the battle in establishing your company or your product. But getting there involves the kind of creative thinking that might be outside a small-business owner's purview.
Read the article.

From StartupNation.com
Odds of Success Calculator
Answer eight important questions which were chosen from over 30 questions used in analyzing a business’s odds of success. Whether you’re just starting up or you’ve been in business for a while, this calculator can help you better understand your odds of success and how to improve them.
Try it out.
Small Business Impact on the Economy
The estimated 29.6 million small businesses in the United States:
• Employ just over half of the country’s private sector workforce
• Hire 40 percent of high tech workers, such as scientists, engineers and computer workers
• Include 52 percent home-based businesses and two percent franchises
• Represent 97.3 percent of all the exporters of goods
• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms 
• Generate a majority of the innovations that come from United States companies
Source: U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, September 2009

Small Business Survival Rates
Small Business Openings & Closings in 2008:
• There were 627,200 new businesses, 595,600 business closures and 43,546 bankruptcies.
• Seven out of 10 new employer firms survive at least two years, and about half survive five years.
• Findings do not differ greatly across industry sectors.
Sources: U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, September 2009
Survival and Longevity in the Business Employment Dynamics Database, Monthly Labor Review, May 2005.
Redefining Business Success: Distinguishing Between Closure and Failure, Small Business Economics, August 2003.
Brand Yourself for Success: How to Effectively Position & Market Yourself
This workshop will help you develop and refine your positioning and marketing strategies.
Date: 10.15.09
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
IKEA Sunrise
151 NW 136th Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33325

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Use Email Marketing to Grow Your Business!
Learn how to use email marketing to drive traffic to your website and increase sales.
Dates: 10.20.09 & 12.15.09
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Margate Community Center
6199 NW 10th St, Margate, FL 33063

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Low and No Cost Marketing and Public Relations Tools and Techniques
This workshop is geared to service businesses, although many of the key concepts will be of value to other business models. Attendees will learn how to get on their prospect’s radar screen both on and offline.
Date: 11.03.09
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Margate Community Center
6199 NW 10th St, Margate, FL 33063

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Repeat at IKEA Sunrise on 12.17.09
Register for 12.17.09

Demystifying Website Design & SEO
Learn the core concepts of Web design and search engine optimization to enhance communication with your Web designer/developer and maximize your Web presence.
Date: 11.19.09
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
IKEA Sunrise
151 NW 136th Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33325

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Franchises
This workshop is designed for people who are interested in learning about the franchise process.
Date: 12.10.09
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Margate Community Center
6199 NW 10th St, Margate, FL 33063

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