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

April 5: Hiring Made Easy. Tips for hiring effectively when your business needs staff.

April 7: Downturn Resistant Franchising. Learn which types of franchise can be most effective when starting your own business.

April 15: Power of Video Marketing. Online video can improve sales conversion rates by as much as 30%.

April 20: Exiting Your Business: Succession Planning. Plan for a successful transition out of your business when the time is right for you.

Register for these online events at There is a fee for some programs.

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).