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.


Who’s To Blame?

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.


Is Green Good?

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.


Let Data Take Away the Guesswork

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.


Financing and Your Business Credit Score

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.


DIY Marketing – Do’s and Don’ts

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.


Key Employment Practices for Small Business

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.


Customer Service in the COVID-19 Era

Your customers may not see your smile, but they can hear your smile says guest blogger Becky Philipp-Kranig, owner of Bearcub Outfitters in Petoskey, She explains why customer service remains the same during the pandemic, but the way we carry it out has changed.


Your Business Elevator Pitch

April 19, 2021,

Are you prepared to discuss your business at any given moment? Do you have a short pitch to share? Sheila Simpson shares tips for having your elevator pitch ready.


Be Your Own Boss: 4 College Degrees That Lead to Small Business Success

April 5, 2021,

Understanding basic business concepts will benefit every entrepreneur. Doug Tippett, career development specialist at North Central Michigan College, explains which degrees can provide essential skills for any business.


Is Crowdfunding For You?

March 18, 2021,

Is crowdfunding for you? Learn the pros and cons and find out how to make the most of your crowdfunding effort from SCORE Tip of the Mitt volunteer mento Sharon Schappacher.


Pandemic Poker -- Raise, Hold or Fold

March 10, 2021,

Do you know raise, hold or fold? Mike Nunneley from the Small Business Development Center tells us that you need to understand your current situation and Know Your Numbers first! Then, find a way to succeed.


Why is joining your local chamber of commerce so important?

March 2, 2021,

This is not your grandparents chamber of commerce. A bold statement, but one that rings very true.
Nikki Devitt, President of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, shares how local chambers of commerce are vital to business.