History of Our Chapter
In the mid-1980s, the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director, Andy Hayes, was looking for ways to offer more support to the small businesses in the region. He believed the local communities and regional economy could further grow and prosper with the addition of a SCORE chapter. At the same time, the Harbor Springs Kiwanis Club had an impressive number of 150 members, about half of whom had successful careers as small business owners and corporate leaders. The Chamber director and Kiwanis leadership approached the Traverse City SCORE chapter to learn the requirements for a successful SCORE presence. About ten Kiwanians readily offered to become volunteer small business mentors, and the Petoskey Chamber provided meeting space and some administrative support.
In 1987, the Petoskey Chapter of SCORE was established as a branch of Traverse City SCORE, and volunteers were trained over the next year. The first chapter chair, Bill Douglass, volunteered to lead the group when it launched as Petoskey SCORE, stand-alone chapter #0622, in 1988. Bill remained as chair for another decade.
Over the years, the chapter has expanded geographically across the Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Peninsulas with clients as far west as Marquette and Gladstone and as far south as Au Gres and Roscommon. The chapter name naturally became Tip of the Mitt SCORE.
About 25 chapter volunteers are located in Emmet, Charlevoix, Otsego and Mackinac counties and are available at your convenience in person, by phone or email, or on Zoom. Of course our clients also have access via https://www.score.org/ to our network of 10,000 volunteers nationwide just by doing a search for a particular area of expertise.
Tip of the Mitt SCORE has been grateful to many partners and especially the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce that provides us with client triage and meeting space; the Otsego County Economic Alliance that offers meeting space and client contact; and the Mackinac Economic Alliance that supports our presence in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.