This alliance means free assistance for entrepreneurs.
Visa U.S.A. and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) have formed an alliance to provide entrepreneurs with a wider array of financial assistance. The first products to come out of the partnership are two free workbooks.
According Susan Forman of Visa, How to Choose the Best Bank for Your Business and How to Secure Financing were created as a result of requests from entrepreneurs. "They are geared to small businesses," says Forman. "In How to Secure Financing, you'll learn how to calculate your financial needs, forecasts and projections as well as how to put together a polished package to present to a lender." How to Choose the Best Bank for Your Business discusses how to select an institution interested in building a relationship.
In addition to the workbooks, Visa has added a small-business element to its Web site (http://www.visa.com/smallbiz). Here, you can learn about legislative and tax concerns, plus other issues pertinent to entrepreneurs.
The workbooks are available from any SCORE chapter or by calling Visa at (650) 432-3200.