The Tip of the Mitt SCORE chapter, located in scenic Northern Michigan, was established in 1988. We have 25 dedicated volunteers who provide free business advice, no-cost business training through webinars and workshops, and contribute to our library of numerous templates and tools.
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“We are negotiating all the time. In fact, any time you are toe to toe, kneecap to kneecap, belly button to belly button with another individual, you’re negotiating.” --Roger Dawson
It’s true that we are negotiating all the time. It’s also true that for many of us, it is a very stressful process. Let’s set up a new goal: to still get what we want, but have our negotiations be more fun, less stressful. How about using this formula:
SAY YES + PROPOSE A TRADE OFF = GET WHAT WE WANT WITH MORE FUN, LESS STRESS
Step 1: SAY YES. Well that was easy.
Stip 2: OFFER A TRADE OFF.
Welcome to 2024. With it, it brings possibilities, challenges, opportunities, choices and yes, inevitably, STRESS you didn’t see coming. It happens to all of us despite how prepared we think we are. So here you are … what next? If there a new direction I should consider taking my business? What new services or new products should I implement? All of this narrative can make you freeze in your tracks. You get overwhelmed and the thought of making any changes puts you right into doing the same ole, same ole and procrastination. “I’ll think about it next week”, but you don’t. How can you
The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), enacted in 2021 to curb illicit finance, requires many companies doing business in the United States to report information about the individuals who ultimately own or control them. The purpose of the Act is to prevent “bad actors” from hiding behind “shell companies” for illegal business activities such as money laundering. Beginning January 1, 2024 US companies will be required to report Beneficial Owner Information (BOI) for persons who own and/or control companies to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). FinCEN is a bureau of the U.S
I got an email reminder the other day about my article deadline and wondered how I was going to fit it in with an incredibly busy time at work and so many other commitments with Chamber awards ceremonies, holiday gatherings with clients and the like. I had the idea of what I wanted to write about, but zero time to research. That is when I remembered my colleague and friend Kathy Bardins wrote an article titled “To AI or Not to AI” back in September. I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it more difficult or if it would be easy. My idea was to write an article about alternative lending
Starting and operating a business will require developing skills in delivering a crucial conversation. So what is a crucial conversation? First, your opinion and the other person’s opinions vary. Second, the stakes are high and emotions are strong.
For example, you have an employee that you like but now feel taken advantage of in some way. You depend on their work, yet are increasingly feeling that something is wrong and you need to talk. You have been avoiding this, and are fearful of handling this poorly. Other examples can be
- Talking to a coworker who behaves offensively
Many of us strive to keep learning new things in life and in our careers.
I recently joined my county Economic Development Corporation as well as the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and this has proven to be an opportunity for personal growth and given me the opportunity to meet some great people.
Personally, I think the title “Brownfield Redevelopment” is certainly an accurate reflection of the vision for the program but could use a title makeover by the marketing department – but I digress.
Throughout my various meetings and conversations, the topic of “affordable”, “attainable”
We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches.
SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All.
Since 1964, SCORE has educated and mentored more than 11 million small business owners and entrepreneurs. We're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates.