Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating, but you have lots of support. Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Browse these tools, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

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You 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?

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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

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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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Who’s To Blame?

Article Language: English
June 16, 2021,

What makes a business succeed? Is it luck? Money? Management? Herb Carlson discusses the key to success is the people it employs.

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Is Green Good?

Article Language: English
June 9, 2021,

Following up on his 2019 article titled A Vice for Some Can be a Virtue for )thers, SCORE mentor Jim Abbey discusses reasons for investing in socially responsible companies and what this means for small business.

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Let Data Take Away the Guesswork

Article Language: English
June 3, 2021,

Clicks, likes, shares, open rates or page visits: guest blogger and data trainer, Erin Bemis, shares her expertise on making data work for your small business.

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Financing and Your Business Credit Score

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When did you last check your personal and business credit score? Tip of the Mitt SCORE chairperson and mentor, Sharon Schappacher, discusses the importance of understanding how this information impacts your small business.

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DIY Marketing – Do’s and Don’ts

Article Language: English
May 20, 2021,

Are you planning to market your small business but finding the day-to-day grind of running a small business gets in the way? Score mentor Kathryn Brandis sets the record straight about successful small business marketing and offers some Dos and Don'ts for making sure your efforts pay off.

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Key Employment Practices for Small Business

Article Language: English
May 17, 2021,

Learn about the importance of ensuring proper employment practices for your small business in this post from SCORE mentor Rex Winter and guest Jody McLeo of McLeod Legal Solutions in Charlevoix.

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