SCORE Mid-Florida, which serves Sumter, Marion and Lake counties, has several upcoming online pro-grams to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. Here’s a sampling of programs scheduled for January:

Jan. 7: How to Exit a Business. This presenter is a local lawyer who will outline what you need to know about exiting a business. 

Jan. 14: Everyone Needs an Elevator Pitch. A mandatory skill for anyone in business.

Jan. 19: Understanding Your Business Using Excel™. Learn how to optimize this popular Microsoft tool.

Jan. 21: Creating Facebook Ads. Learn how to create effective ads on Facebook.

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Free, confidential business mentoring is also available. Request mentoring and additional information on SCORE Mid-Florida at Business mentors are needed, too. Do you have strong business experience? Are you ready to give back to your community?

Learn more at SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that’s been around since 1964 and is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).