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SCORE Podcast: Where Small Business Matters

SCORE Podcast: Where Small Business Matters

By SCORE of Southeast Michigan
SCORE recognizes that entrepreneurs are, by nature, courageous and resilient. This podcast delivers actionable content to aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are striving to transform their side hustles into small business success. You’ll learn about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, find the tools and resources readily available to small business owners, and discover how mentors can be a valuable guide to help realize your dreams. This 30-minute program is produced and hosted by SCORE, a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant small business communities through mentoring.
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Episode 20.7 - Fueling the Startup Passion, with Jeff Sloan of StartupNation
Co-hosts Armando Ojeda and Tom Nixon are joined by Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation, a multi-media company that provides educational and inspirational resources to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. Listen in as Jeff describes the free and premium services his platform provides to startup entrepreneurs, and to learn why SCORE’s partnership with StartupNation is a match made in heaven! Discussion points: What is StartupNation, and why did Jeff’s storied career in entrepreneurship land him here? How does the platform work, and what do business owners get out of it? What is StartupNation Ventures (formerly Aria Ventures), and how do companies qualify for backing and incubation? Why is there such synergy between SCORE’s one-to-one model, StartupNation’s one-to-many model, and the one-to-few model we both espouse? How has Jeff’s impression of SCORE changed, now that he’s gotten to know more about us? Plus, an important announcement about an exciting partnership! References and Resources: Learn more about StartupNation and start learning today! Listen to Jeff’s interview with Armando on WJR, the chat that started it all! SCORE of Southeast Michigan frequently does workshops for startups. Check back here from time to time to review the upcoming schedule. Looking for a mentor to help you along your entrepreneurial path? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Theme music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
28:48
October 20, 2020
Episode 20.6 - Perfecting Your Pitch, with Marc Trail
What do you do when someone asks you, “So, what do you do?” Do you freeze up? Do you over-sell? Do you stumble? Do you tell a different story every time? What if there’s a high-stakes shark, banker or prospective client in the room? With so much at stake, it’s critical for business owners and entrepreneurs to get it right. And practice makes perfect. Marc Trail, volunteer with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE, joins the show to talk through strategies for perfecting the art of the pitch. Discussion points: What is SCORE’s Perfect Pitch Practice workshop, and how did it start? How does the program work, and what do you get out of it? Who qualifies for this program, and what do they need to do to prepare? What are the tangible and intangible elements of a successful pitch? What is Marc’s background, and how can he help you perfect your pitch? Plus, an important announcement about the podcast... References and Resources: SCORE of Southeast Michigan frequently does workshops on this and other topics. Check back here from time to time to review the upcoming schedule. Looking for a mentor to help you perfect your pitch? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Marc on LinkedIn Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Theme music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
35:28
October 7, 2020
Episode 20.5 - The Goldman Sachs 10 Thousand Small Businesses Program, with Paul Jones
Paul Jones is Executive Director of Wayne State University’s Goldman Sachs 10 Thousand Small Businesses Program. He joins Armando and Tom to talk about this unique program that helps guide small businesses toward greater success, as well as more generally discussing funding and capital strategies and opportunities for startups and local small businesses in southeast Michigan. Tune in to see if your small business qualifies for this important program. The deadline to apply is September 28th! Discussion points: Paul’s background as an entrepreneur himself. The story behind Goldman Sach’s 10 Thousand Small Businesses program, and how to apply. What value do graduates report receiving after going through the program? What are some specific success stories of small businesses participating in the past? How SCORE and the Goldman Sachs program work together and share successes. Who qualifies for the program, and how/where do they apply? References and Resources: Learn more about the program, and apply today: https://10ksbapply.com/ SCORE of Southeast Michigan frequently does workshops on capital and funding strategies. Check back here from time to time to review the upcoming schedule. Looking for a mentor to help you along your path toward entrepreneurial success? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Paul on LinkedIn Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Theme music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
30:32
September 24, 2020
Episode 20.4 - The Art of the Pivot, with Angela Mitchell and Nicole Nesbitt of Detroit Cycling Studio
The pandemic and its economic fallout has, overnight, created tremendous challenges for entrepreneurs and small business owners, forcing (or inspiring!) many to pivot to new markets, new service models or new product offerings. Co-Owner of Detroit Cycling Studio, Nicole Nesbitt, joins hosts Armando Ojeda and Tom Nixon, along with her SCORE Certified Volunteer Mentor Angela Mitchell, to discuss how she and her husband were able to successfully pivot their dream business during a time of crisis. Discussion points: How SCORE helped Detroit Cycling Studio prepare financials to secure a grant to fund their pivot and expansion. How Nicole and her co-entrepreneur husband quickly innovated to service an emerging demand in the market. Nicole’s advice for other business owners beset by sudden challenges and obstacles. Angela’s perspective as a volunteer mentor: What do we get out of it, and what is our reward? References and Resources: Find Detroit Cycling Studio on Facebook, or visit their website. SCORE Detroit frequently does workshops on pivoting and business planning. Check back here from time to time to review the upcoming schedule. Looking for a mentor to help you along your path toward entrepreneurial success? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Theme music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
28:27
September 22, 2020
Episode 20.3 - Nancy Grose from the U.S. Small Business Administration
Co-hosts and SCORE volunteers Armando Ojeda and Tom Nixon are joined by Nancy Grose, Economic Development Specialist with the Michigan District Office of the SBA and our SCORE chapter liaison. Nancy provides her first-hand perspective and expertise on how small businesses in Southeast Michigan have survived—and even thrived—during the economic downturn, as well as the available resources small business owners should be tapping into in order to forge ahead. Discussion points: How have business owners relied on the SBA to help guide them through the financial challenges caused by COVID-19? How has that shifted in recent months? Are we coming out of the proverbial woods? What are the new debt relief programs coming online available to small businesses in Michigan? What are the best places to start for entrepreneurs who are just now beginning their endeavors as a startup business owner? What about business owners looking to scale or pivot? For business owners 3-10 years into their businesses? A run-through of the myriad resources available to local small business owners, from funding and capital to marketing and networking—many at no cost! References and Resources: Visit the Michigan District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration A comprehensive list of resources and reference tools for small business owners in Southeast Michigan SCORE Detroit frequently does workshops on pivoting and business planning. Check back here from time to time to review the upcoming schedule. Looking for a mentor to help you along your path toward entrepreneurial success? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Connect with Nancy on LinkedIn Theme music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
32:19
September 15, 2020
Episode 20.2 - The Importance of Business Plans, with David Broner
Co-hosts and SCORE volunteers Armando Ojeda and Tom Nixon welcome Master Mentor David Broner from the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE to the show. A mentor with more than 10 years experience guiding entrepreneurs along successful paths to small business ownership, David is a wealth of experience and knowledge, of which he shares some nuggets of wisdom in Episode 2. Discussion points: What are the key challenges entrepreneurs need to be aware of before starting a business? What should “side-hustle” entrepreneurs consider before taking the risk into running their business full-time? What does a business plan consist of and why is it important to have a business plan? Why do so many entrepreneurs avoid writing a business plan, and how can they overcome their apprehensions? What are the various templates available to writers of business plans, from the Lean Business Canvas Model to the Startup Roadmap? How will a business plan help business owners in the wake of a global pandemic, from startups to established businesses pivoting? References and Resources: SCORE’s Startup Roadmap for people at the beginning of the entrepreneurial journey. The Business Model Canvas template and the Business Model Canvas webinar The One-Page Business Plan The EOS Vision-Traction Organizer (VTO) SCORE Detroit frequently does workshops on business planning. Check back here from time to time to review the upcoming schedule. Looking for free guidance and specific subject matter expertise? Check out our schedule of local, live and virtual workshops happening weekly! Looking for a mentor to help you along your path toward entrepreneurial success? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Connect with David on LinkedIN Theme music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
30:51
September 1, 2020
Episode 20.1 - Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap, with Amy Powell from E-Leap
Co-hosts and SCORE volunteers Armando Ojeda and Tom Nixon kick off the debut episode of the SCORE podcast serving southeast Michigan small business owners and entrepreneurs by exploring the very beginning of the entrepreneurial journey — actually, before the journey even begins! They welcome guest Amy Powell, Digital Marketing Manager at Entrepreneurial Leap, who works with E-Leap founder and author of The Entrepreneurial Leap, Gino Wickman, to develop and distribute content from Entrepreneurial Leap to help entrepreneurs-in-the-making eliminate common roadblocks and increase their odds of success when starting a business. Discussion points: What is “The Entrepreneurial Leap,” and why is it important for aspiring entrepreneurs? Why is it important that entrepreneurs-in-the-making find out if they have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur before they get too far down a road? What are the six essential traits Gino Wickman has identified for successful entrepreneurs, and how did he arrive at those? How can someone who is thinking of taking the entrepreneurial leap find out if they possess the six essential traits? What happens if you fall below the baseline score in the assessment? Does that mean you should give up on your dream? How to get started: the website, the book, the assessment and YouTube Live event on August 26th References and Resources: Visit E-Leap.com to buy the book, download a free chapter, take the assessment, and check out tons of free tools and resources. Join the free YouTube Live event hosted by Gino Wickman on Wednesday, August 26th at 1:00 p.m. to get a firsthand overview of The Entrepreneurial Leap and to see if you qualify for Gino’s forthcoming three-part Virtual E-Leap Workshop. SCORE’s Startup Roadmap for people at the beginning of the entrepreneurial journey. Looking for free guidance and specific subject matter expertise? Check out our schedule of local, live and virtual workshops happening weekly! Looking for a mentor to help you along your path toward entrepreneurial success? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Armando and Tom on LinkedIn Music: Let Us Run For It by The Denotes | https://thedenotes.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
32:03
August 6, 2020