SCORE Tip of the Mitt offers insightful articles from local experts each month in our newsletter.  In addition, our SCORE mentors share their expertise in a wide variety of subject matter on a regular basis.  Take advantage of these great resources.

Local Experts and Resources

Ashley WhitneyAshley Whitney owns Harbor/Brenn Insurance Agency in Petoskey. She is skilled in employment practices liability, risk management, life insurance, business, and property & casualty insurance. She earned her MBA focused in general business from Capella University. Ashley is super passionate about Northern Michigan, Thriving Petoskey and all things "Up North."

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Northern Lakes Economic AllianceLooking to start a business? Need help with specific topics? Since 1984, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance has transformed visions into reality for thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners--people just like you! In addition to the toolkit linked below, check out the invaluable resources from the Northern Lakes Business Assistance website.


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Helping small businesses in northern michigan by empowering brands, making connections and generating revenue.
Their goal "Maximizing profits by leveraging the power of social media."

Social Guru Checklist of Marketing Points to Share with Clients

Marcie WolfMarcie Wolf, owner of Abuzz Creative, has almost 25 years of experience in website design, search engine optimization, e-commerce, and local SEO. She regularly contributes advice for for SCORE and is an invaluable local resource for small business owners.

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Sarah GeorgeSarah George's company, Connective Consulting, provides small businesses with creative marketing strategies to help you connect you with your clients and prospects.

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Carlin SmithUnlock the potential of your business with free, unlimited access to SizeUp. A powerful business intelligence tool designed to help you uncover insights and opportunities behind your unique business, market and industry. All to give you and your business a competitive edge. Carlin Smith, Community Affairs Manager, Northern Michigan, Consumers Energy, explains the tools in a guest blog post.

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Doug TippettOver the years, North Central Michigan College's central philosophy, to improve the quality of life for its students and the communities it serves, has remained unchanged. Doug Tippett is a career development specialist atNCMC. He can be reached at or (231) 439-6265.

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Nikki Devitt is president of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. You can call the chamber at (231) 347-4150 or send email to

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Megan Sullivan is a writer with experience in the advertising and digital media space. Follow her blog for more tips:

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