Welcome to the SCORE Small Business Success Blog, where small business experts and mentors share tips, discuss trends, and provide advice on a wide range of topics affecting entrepreneurs in every industry.

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How long should your business plan be?

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November 22, 2021,

Paul Krecke, a volunteer business mentor with SCORE’s Tip of the Mitt chapter, has a business background in clothing retailing and commercial real estate. To request SCORE's free and confidential mentoring services for small businesses, call (231) 347-4150 in the Petoskey area or (989) 731-0287 in the Gaylord area.

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Quality Content in your Marketing

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November 14, 2021,

Content marketing-- entertain, educate and inspire your customers. Guest expert Sarah George shares ways to use the 3 C's of Effective Marketing to develop material that fits your business and ideal client

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Doing Good is Good Business

Article Language: English
October 17, 2021,

Guest expert Margo Johnson shares tip for expanding ways small business owners can give back to our community.

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What is Your Business Missing by Not Having a Website?

Article Language: English
October 10, 2021,

Why you need a website. Guest expert Marcie Wolf discusses how your business will benefit from maintaining your website.

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The Key to Smart Business Decisions

Article Language: English
October 6, 2021,

As a small business owner, fall is the time to review your financial and tax situation says CPA David George. Read his advice to creating a team and what to review now.

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The Importance of Online Reviews in Today's Small Business World

Article Language: English
September 23, 2021,

Good reviews will lead to more customers. Read these tips from SCORE mentor Tracey Dryovage for getting Google reviews that as part of your strategy to improve your SEO, increase clicks to your website and win more customers.

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Your Insurance Agent Should be on Your Team

Article Language: English
September 7, 2021,

For small businesses, finding the right insurance agent is important business decision. Expert Ashley Whitney offers tips for making your agent part of the team.

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So You Want to Start Your Own Business

Article Language: English
August 18, 2021,

Guest expert and SCORE mentor Kevin Christman sums up the 10 steps what you need to complete before starting your own business.

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Are Your Employees an Asset or a Liability?

Article Language: English
August 10, 2021,

SCORE mentor Bill Collins offers tips for changing the mindset of employees as liabilities and focusing on employees as assets.

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Three Ways to Connect with Clients

Article Language: English
August 1, 2021,

Guest expert Sarah George, owner of Connective Consulting, describes ways to grow your client base by following three steps for developing customer relationships: Ask, Tell, Listen.

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Social Tip: Can You Actually “Own” a Hashtag?

Article Language: English
July 15, 2021,

Marcie Wolf of Abuzz Marketing tells us the ins and outs of hashtags and whether or not you can own one. Check out Abuzz Creative for more tips, too.

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Size-Up Your Business With Consumers Energy

Article Language: English
July 6, 2021,

Guest expert Carlin Smith shares how small businesses can access free business intelligence provided by Consumers Energy's SizeUp program.

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