Get Started: Women vets, lessons from SCORE


Women business owners who are veterans can find mentoring through a new program sponsored by Count Me in for Women's Economic Independence, a resource group for female business owners, and Capital One Financial Corp. The program, the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps., also works with women business owners who are spouses or domestic partners of veterans.

As part of the program, Count Me In and Capital One are sponsoring a conference on Dec. 3 and 4 at Capital One's headquarters in McLean, Va. The conference will include workshops and counseling. Attendees will be able to meet with other women entrepreneurs.

Count Me In and Capital One commissioned a survey that showed there's a strong link between military service and running a business for many women vets. Fifty-five percent of the women who took part in the survey said their leadership experience in the military inspired them to start their own businesses. And 46 percent said having a business helped them make the transition from military to civilian life. The survey questioned 800 women vets who own their own companies.

Learn more about the program and the conference at .


SCORE, the organization that provides free advice for small business owners, is holding a series of online seminars in November. The first, on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. ET, is on avoiding mistakes in your payroll that can cost your company money. The seminar will focus on problems companies have complying with government payroll regulations.

On Nov. 13 at noon ET, the seminar will be on "How to Really Start Your Own Business." The topics will include where to look for small business financing.

And on Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. ET, the seminar will be on finding better customers. Among the topics: Why having a lot of customers may not be better than just a few good ones. Also, how to make your current customers better ones, and how to "fire" your deadbeat customers.

Learn more about the seminars and register for them at


The Small Business Administration is holding an online seminar to help small business owners get their companies ready for winter weather. The seminar will include tips for mitigating the physical and financial damage to your company that freezing temperatures, heavy snows and ice storms can cause. The seminar will be held Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. ET. Register at .

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