The SCORE Advisor

In partnership with the Traverse City Record-Eagle, volunteer SCORE Counselors offer advice and observations on a variety of subjects of interest to emerging entrepreneurs and small business operators. Look for the SCORE Advisor in the Business Section of the Record-Eagle on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Previous editions of the SCORE Advisor are found in the Advisor Archive.

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February, 2015 Finding the Right Business Concept
Donato Daddario - SCORE Mentor
If you ever thought about starting a business, you likely faced the first big entrepreneurial decision: what kind of business should I start?
January, 2015 How to Keep the Best Employees
Bill Kurtz - SCORE Mentor
The employees of a business have the potential to be its greatest asset. Developing loyal, knowledgeable employees with a passion for the business doesn’t happen by accident; it takes planning and commitment.
December, 2014 Building a Successful Family Business
Hal VanSumeren - SCORE Mentor
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, family businesses comprise 90 percent of all business enterprises in North America. So why are there so many warnings about going into business with relatives?
November, 2014 Twenty Five Years Serving Small Business
Bruce Finlayson - SCORE Mentor
For twenty five years, SCORE Traverse City has been supporting small businesses in our five-county region, including start ups and existing businesses.
October, 2014 Preventing Collections Problems
Jill Hutchinson - SCORE Mentor
No one likes the idea of resorting to a collections process to deal with delinquent accounts. In fact, some entrepreneurs choose to do nothing rather than confront customers about past due bills.
September, 2014 Hiring Help: Independent Contractors or Employees?
Chuck Harris - SCORE Mentor
If you’re in business for yourself and find you need additional help, a prudent first step may be to consider hiring independent contractors rather than employees.
August, 2014 Cultivating Customer Loyalty
Charlie Bumb - SCORE Mentor
Every successful sports team has a “go-to” player, someone who can be counted on to perform and deliver whatever is needed in specific situations.
July, 2014 Is a Fulfillment Firm Right for Your Business?
Andy Powell - SCORE Mentor
With the increasing popularity of online shopping, one issue that many small business owners face is order processing and fulfillment.
June, 2014 Make Strategic Planning a Team Effort
Linda Ketterer - SCORE Mentor
What does the future hold for your small business and what can you do about it? These are questions that every entrepreneur would love to have answered.
May, 2014 Small Businesses Have Big Impact
Bruce Finlayson - SCORE Mentor
The impact of small business is anything but small. Small businesses help drive not only our local economy, but also help create many of the ideas and experiences that make our Grand Traverse region so special.
April, 2014 Improve Your Business with Key Metrics
Dave Olson - SCORE Mentor
Running a successful business requires keeping your eye on many things. However, you know instinctively that some are more important than others.
March, 2014 Retirement Planning Options for Business Owners
Robert Fenton - SCORE Mentor
“Plan your work and work your plan”. How often have we all heard that phrase in our lives?
February, 2014 Pitching Your Product to Home Shopping Networks
Tanya Berg - SCORE Mentor
Many entrepreneurs wonder if having their product featured on one of the two major home shopping networks, QVC or HSN, is their ticket to success.

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