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WJR's Startup Nation Features SCORE of SE Michigan on Podcast

September 8, 2020

Jeff Sloan, founder of Startup Nation and host of WJR's Business Beat segment, recently interview Armando Ojeda, Volunteer with the Southeast Michigan Chapter of SCORE, on how startup business owners can rely on mentors to help guide them through challenges and toward opportunities.

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Settling In and Looking Out

September 8, 2020

As we approach Q4 2020, there is no better time to reassess where this past year has taken us, and to be more purposeful about how we finish the year—and perhaps look ahead to 2021 with a clearer picture of what we want the future to look like.

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Is a Business Partnership Right for Your Company?

August 10, 2020

Lending Tree Taps Local SCORE Mentor for Perspective on Establishing Legal Partnerships: Have you ever wondered if you should take on a partner for your business? Or are you and a friend or colleague considering going into business together and need to understand the proper legal and tax structure for your business as co-owners?

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Are You Ready and Able to Evolve from Your Key Market?

July 23, 2020

You should always be looking forward to predict if your products could be made obsolete by developments you make, by those of your competitors, or by new entrants to the marketplace – or a combination of all. It can be difficult. What do you do if you are a dominant typewriter company and demand drops to near-zero?

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The Human Resources Secrets Your Small Business Needs

July 20, 2020

Right now, the particular challenge most are facing is reopening and/or adjusting to a new service model, and it’s important to recognize how internal culture, growth and development can influence your outcome and success. I’d like to share with you, two small business etiquette themes that can make a difference for your business:

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"Fool Me Once" - A COVID-19 Cautionary Tale for Business Owners

July 10, 2020

Don’t let any easing of COVID-19 pandemic lull us into a false sense that things are, in any way, back to normal. The pandemic is representative of a class of risk items that are very rare in their occurrence (low probability) but have catastrophic consequences (high impact). Here are some ideas of other such events that could catastrophically impact a business.

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Recommended Reading List for Startups (Updated)

July 1, 2020

If you own a business or are considering starting a business of your own, the learning never ends. Here are my recommendations for must-reads. Whether you own a business, lead a business or plan to start a business, these are, in my view, the essentials:

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