Small-business owners can get free advice online from the Service Core of Retired Executives, which has established a Web site at http://www.scn.org/civic/score-online/.
The site has 80 counselors who dole out online advice on a range of topics from finance to marketing to growth. Orange County's Service Core chapter also has a Web site, at http://www.mymall.com/score.
Greg Miller covers high technology for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7830 and at email@example.com.