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To increase your odds of a successful business startup, download this step-by-step business plan template you can use to plan for your new business. Read more

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Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs, and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. The key to avoiding this... Read more

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If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this module will teach you the basics. You will learn whether business ownership is right for you. Read more

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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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WATCH: How to Find a Mentor

June 25, 2020

Gino Wickman, founder of E-Leap and author of The Entrepreneurial Leam, provides guidance to "entrepreneurs in the making" looking to find a mentor to help them grow their businesses. Watch the video to learn your next steps and how to maximize your relationship with your mentor.

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Emerging from "Lockdown" Successfully

June 15, 2020

Cortney Moody, founder of Comfort Paws Mobile Canine Spa LLC, a self-contained mobile grooming unit that allows her to groom dogs in the comfort of their owners' driveways, is back open for business.

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Calling All Potential Volunteer Mentors!

June 2, 2020

Are you a current or retired business executive or small business owner? Do you have experience, wisdom, insights and expertise to share? Are you ready, willing and able to share elements of what made you successful with the next generation of small business owner and operator in southeastern Michigan? Then volunteering with SCORE just may be for you!

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The Power of Solid Competitive Analysis

May 27, 2020

Armando Ojeda, Co-Chair of the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE, was recently interviewed by Lending Tree to provide expert analysis from a a mentor's point of view regarding the importance of small businesses—whether just starting up or reopening post-lockdown—doing thorough competitor analysis.

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Communicating More Effectively in the Age of COVID

May 27, 2020

COVID-19 has driven us to use electronic media. Zoom usage has exploded. Unfortunately, many companies cannot even operate during this time. The smart ones are keeping their employees and customers informed using email, texts, social media, videos and phone calls.

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SCORE Mentor Nilda Thomas Named to NSBA Leadership Council

May 18, 2020

Nilda Thomas, a Certified Volunteer Mentor with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE and founder of Workforce eTraining Solutions, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.

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Tips for Restaurant Owners and Operators During Coronavirus

May 11, 2020

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has had devastating effects on the entire restaurant and hospitality industry, with small businesses taking an even harder hit. As I’ve navigated the uncharted territory recently for my own business and advised SCORE Detroit clients, I’ve compiled the best tactics for managing a restaurant amid COVID-19.

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Chapter Co-Chair Discusses Small Business Financing on Facebook Live

May 4, 2020

Armando Ojeda, Chapter Co-Chair of SCORE of Southeast Michigan, was interviewed on Facebook Live for Rebound Detroit, an ongoing segment hosted by reporter Ameera David on Channel 7 Action News for WXYZ in Detroit. In the segment, Armando shared SCORE's perspective on PPP strategies as well as broader financing and business planning strategies.

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It's Time to Make YOUR New Normal

April 23, 2020

Everybody is talking about “surviving the pandemic” and, "What will business be like in 'the new normal'?"  What I’m not hearing enough of is, "How do I recreate my business to be stronger and more resilient, both now and well into the future?" A recommended checklist for those who have the fortitude to charge ahead despite the challenges before them.

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