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What if?’ revisited

May 19, 2020,

Editor’s note: The following column was submitted by Jim Abbey, a volunteer business mentor with SCORE’s Tip of the Mitt chapter. Abbey, a Charlevoix resident, worked in event management in the automotive industry prior to his retirement. He also has experience teaching business classes at the college level.


Points a SCORE mentor often makes

May 5, 2020,

SCORE mentor Bill Collins notes common threads that form the foundation of small businesses--marketing and cash management. Read how Bill honed his perspectives as a SCORE mentor.


Local Woman Purchases 70 Year Dairy Queen Franchise

May 1, 2020

As a Dairy Queen lover at heart, and growing up on blizzards and strawberry milkshakes, Dairy Queen was always a pit stop for Erika Kleeman, her two children and her parents. When the opportunity to work for herself and bought the thriving business presented itself years later, Erika Kleeman grabbed it .


Is it Black or White?

April 21, 2020,

Many people in management lack imagination to see outside the box, beyond the black and white solutions. SCORE mentor Herb Carlson provides ways for managers to avoid this trap.


Expect the Unexpected

March 17, 2020,

Rex Winter offers five key things that small business owners can do today to prepare for the possible spread of the virus in our community.