Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating.

If you’re looking for local resources, free business templates, e-guides, checklists, and other helpful resources for starting or growing your enterprise, SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan is your destination. Your mentor can assist in putting your ideas into action.

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Checklist for Starting a For Profit Business in Southwest Michigan

This document walks you through the steps for starting a for profit business in Southwest Michigan. It includes URLs for the various websites you will want to visit. While a few... Read more
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Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery

Download SCORE’s templates to help you plan for a new business startup or grow your existing business. Read more

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An Easier Way to Prepare Your Business Plan -The Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a one-page business plan that allows you to test and validate the key parts of your business in a manageable format. Read more

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Checklist for Starting a For Profit Business in Southwest Michigan

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This document walks you through the steps for starting a for profit business in Southwest Michigan. It includes URLs for the various websites you will want to visit. While a few... Read more
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Starting a Tax Exempt Non-Profit in Michigan

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This 14 page booklet provides specific information about starting a Non-Profit in Michigan.  It is produced by the Non-Profit Association of Michigan. Read more

eGuide

Business Startup Checklist

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Some of the contacts must be made in order to be sure the new business is on the right track. Read more

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Prepare and Protect Your Small Business

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September 27, 2022

As an entrepreneur, you put your heart and soul into making your business a success. So, ensuring your business is protected against the unexpected makes sense. That's where business insurance comes in. This article will help you understand the different kinds of insurance you can purchase and how they can help you mitigate risks. 

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What Do Employees Want? How to Attract and Retain Workers for Your Small Business

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September 27, 2022,

Many business owners still struggle to find and keep employees, whether small businesses operate in-office (store or restaurant), virtually, or in a hybrid environment.  
As the nation continues to operate at nearly full employment, keeping your staff happy and onboard is even more difficult. Several recent surveys of U.S. employees reveal some challenges small business owners face and how they cope with them.

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The Small Business Rural/Urban Divide Part 2: Hungry for Talent and Technology

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Rural small businesses face greater challenges to economic recovery and are less optimistic about the future compared to their non-rural counterparts, according to new survey data... Read more

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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity

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September 19, 2022,

If you’re a devotee of iPhones, it’s time to get excited—Apple just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones. Since the release of iPhones in June 2007, they have changed how we work and live. 

Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or a fan of Android, there is likely a lot you don’t know about how smartphones can improve your team’s efficiency and productivity. 

Here are some tips for how smartphones can boost your business.

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The Small Business Rural/Urban Divide Part 1: Economic Anxiety Persists

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Rural small businesses face greater challenges to economic recovery and are less optimistic about the future compared to their non-rural counterparts, according to new survey data... Read more

Data Report

The Megaphone of Main Street: The Small Business Rural/Urban Divide

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Because of the outsized impact that small businesses can have in rural communities, rural entrepreneurs are the subject of SCORE’s latest “Megaphone of Main Street” series. Read more

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Should You Start or Grow a Small Business During a Recession?

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September 12, 2022,

Starting a business in the next 12 months is a smart move, despite fears of a recession or inflation. Read this blog by small business expert Rieva Lesonsky to learn why.

eGuide

Securing Your Small Business

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While digital transformation offers many benefits, it also comes with many challenges. For instance, investing in technology also increases cybersecurity risks. AI and machine... Read more

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