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Your First Step Toward Business Growth: SWOT Analysis

Should you perform a SWOT analysis regularly? This planning technique can help you identify what your business is doing well and what it needs to improve. Read more

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Strategically and Successfully Grow Your Small Business

This session will provide you with key aspects you should consider that will assure you have everything covered as you develop a plan for growth. Read more

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Delegate to Improve Retention, Morale, and Productivity

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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

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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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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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When is the Best Time to Borrow Money for Your Small Business?

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January 25, 2022,

Rex Winter, SCORE Mentor, offers insights into timing small business borrowing, including proactively conducting business planning and examining your current financial situation.

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Get Business, Not Busy

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January 19, 2022,

Getting clients (and sales!) takes time and energy. Sarah George of Connective Consulting offers tips for growing business without increasing busy-ness. Learn to make your growth efforts more effective so it takes less time and makes a bigger impact?

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Surviving and Thriving in the New Year

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January 7, 2022,

It's 2022. Read on for some expert advice from SCORE mentor Tim Timmer, who shares some encouragement for remaining focused in the changing marketplace.

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Never Buy Instagram Followers and Likes!

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December 8, 2021,

Skip the popularity contest and focus in on developing a loyal, genuine following. Guest expert this month, Marcie Wolf, owner of Abuzz Creative, offers suggestions and warnings about developing your following on Instagram.

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Quality Content in your Marketing

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November 14, 2021,

Content marketing-- entertain, educate and inspire your customers. Guest expert Sarah George shares ways to use the 3 C's of Effective Marketing to develop material that fits your business and ideal client

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What is Your Business Missing by Not Having a Website?

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October 10, 2021,

Why you need a website. Guest expert Marcie Wolf discusses how your business will benefit from maintaining your website.

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The Importance of Online Reviews in Today's Small Business World

Article Language: English
September 23, 2021,

Good reviews will lead to more customers. Read these tips from SCORE mentor Tracey Dryovage for getting Google reviews that as part of your strategy to improve your SEO, increase clicks to your website and win more customers.

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Three Ways to Connect with Clients

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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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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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