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Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

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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5 Reasons Your Startup Needs a Business Plan

Doing some pre-startup homework and crafting a business plan now will make your life post-startup so much easier. Read more

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Paul Riser of TechTown Detroit Joins the SCORE Podcast

November 16, 2020

Paul Riser, Director of Detroit Urban Solutions for TechTown Detroit, joins the SCORE podcast to discuss business incubators and accelerators, not only from the standpoint of the tech-based company, but also for traditional product and service companies that need to embrace this brave new world of digital platforms.

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Podcast Episode 8: The Entrepreneurial Leap, with Gino Wickman

November 2, 2020

Gino Wickman, best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and founder of Entrepreneurial Leap, joins the SCORE podcast to discuss and examine the six essential traits of successful entrepreneurs, and how to determine if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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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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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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"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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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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