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 easy-to-use business planning, finance, sales, marketing and management 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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Sample Documents For A Non-Profit

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Use the link above to download a word document containing the following: 1. Sample Articles of Incorporation 2. Sample Conflict of Interest Resolution 3. Sample Bylaws   Read more
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Why A Strong Small Business Brand Matters And How To Build One

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  As you start your business, establishing your identity in your market and building your brand need to be among your top priorities. Branding, branding, branding. You’ll hear... Read more
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How To Make Writing a Business Plan Less Intimidating

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Are you intimidated by the thought of writing a business plan? Too many entrepreneurs let their fear stop them from writing one. Know that the benefits are well worth the effort.... Read more

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Ask Your Customers for Feedback…And Be Sure to Listen

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Have you ever seen those signs on the back of tractor-trailers, giving motorists a number to call to comment on the quality of the operator’s driving? A small business should... Read more
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Tell Them About It With a Good News Release

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Want to share some news about your small business? Consider issuing a news release. Formatted like a news story, a news release is designed to publicize an accomplishment,... Read more
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For Profit VS Not for Profit Checklist

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If you are debating about whether your new organization should be a for profit or a not for profit organization.  This check list will help you decide. 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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Grant and Funding Sources for Nonprofits

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This is a list of various websites, with explanations, providing assistance for finding sources of funding and/or how to go about preparing a funding request.  Read more

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NONPROFIT - Checklist for Forming a Nonprofit in Michigan

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This is a check list of the steps involved in starting a nonprofit in Michigan. Other documents that will be helpful are "Starting a Tax Exempt Non-Profit in Michigan" and "... 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

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