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10 Steps to Start your Business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Read on to learn about each step.

1. Conduct market research

Market research will tell you if there’s an opportunity to turn your idea into a successful business. It’s a way to gather information about potential customers and businesses already operating in your area. Use that information to find a competitive advantage for your business.

How to make the most of your mentoring experience

A mentoring session is a confidential, personalized conversation with a business expert to answer a question or to solve a problem that you’re facing.

What To Expect During Your Score Mentor Meeting

This video will help you learn more about meeting  with  a SCORE Ann Arbor Area Mentor to help you be prepared for your Mentoring Session. 



Entrepreneurial & Leadership Series: Business Concepts
Students receive pre-formatted spreadsheets and worksheets in this interactive class. This is to help them build their plan.
How to Establish Nonprofit Partnerships That Work!


Demystifying Nonprofits: Is Starting a 501(c)(3) Public Charity Right for You?


SBA - Financing Your Business Overview
Are you ready to Finance your business? This SBA Video - "Financing Your Business Overview", will provide guidance on what is needed for SBA financing
SBA Microlenders in Michigan

Microloans are small loans that can help you get started or expand. A microloan is normally on average about $13,000.
Below is a list of SBA Microlenders that may be able to help you get funded.
Please note a microloan must be paid back in full and requires lending and credit requirements that may be different for each lender

SBA Lender Match - helps you find potential lenders
The SBA Lender Match helps small business owners (that have a completed Business plan) match to potential lenders!
SBA - Funding 101
Have you complete a Business Plan and now are you looking for SBA Funding? This Quick Guide will help you understand what funding you need and how to get it!

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