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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What’s Happening in Retail Sales

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SCORE mentor Sharon Schappacher shares stats relating to retail sales and changing consumer behaviors and how to stay true to your customers.

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What is the future of retail?

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May 31, 2022,

How is technology changing the way brands sell to consumers? SCORE mentor Herb Carlson has the info you need to stay on top of the changing brand technology

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Tips to Grow Your Business

Article Language: English
May 31, 2022,

Here's some expert advice to help you grow your small business from Sarah George, owner of Connective Consulting. How to make sure you don't neglect your marketing plan with limited staff.

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Delegate to Improve Retention, Morale, and Productivity

Article Language: English
May 23, 2022,

SCORE mentor Margo Johnson offers up some expert advice on the importance of delegating to increasing productivity and enhancing retention of top employees.

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Calculate Your Start Up Costs

Article Language: English
May 16, 2022,

SCORE mentor Paul Krecke helps you identify your start-up costs and use the information to make funding requests.

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10 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes

Article Language: English
May 10, 2022,

Featured expert Sommer Poquette shares tips for using QR codes.

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What is a CDFI and Why is this Important to Me?

Article Language: English
April 10, 2022,

What do you know about Community Development Financial Institution? If your answer is not much, you are not alone! Guest expert Annie Olds tells all about this important resource, including her company, Venture North Funding and Development.

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The Importance of Networking and how it can benefit your small business

Article Language: English
April 10, 2022,

As the old saying goes--it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Guest expert Tracy Dryovage, Vice President of Commercial Lending at First Community Bank in Petoskey, shares the importance of maintaining a solid network and how to increase your connections.

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Phishing – Don’t Take the Bait

Article Language: English
April 7, 2022,

Guest expert Cheri Hoffman, SCORE Mentor, discusses how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of phishing--a scam that entices you to click on malicious code or urges you to verify personal information on a phone call.

success story

Jeff Gardner - Circle M Meats

“Based on my personal experience, I think my SCORE mentors knocked it out of the park and they reignited in me the enthusiasm I had in the beginning, because they helped me shift... Read more

Jeff Gardner
Owner, Circle M Meats
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Sarah Snider - Poetess and Stranger

Around the same time a friend of mine was starting his own business and his business plan was so complicated!  He was looking for a loan to help build something from the ground up... Read more

Sarah Snider
owner, Poetess and Stranger

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