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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 20.8 - Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap, with Gino Wickman of E-Leap

SCORE Podcast: Where Small Business Matters

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Episode 21.2 – The Ideal Mentor/Mentee Relationship, with Tricia Beck, Author of "Mentoring Lifts and Inspires"
In recognition of National Mentoring Month, Tricia Beck joins co-hosts Armando Ojeda and Tom Nixon to explore the importance of mentorship within the many critical moments of the entrepreneurial journey. Tricia hails from our Southern Arizona SCORE Chapter as both a mentor and accomplished author. Discussion points: Defining the mentor profile and what it takes for success What motivated Tricia to become a mentor and author What to look for in finding a good mentor fit Responsibilities of the “mentee” in a successful relationship Can your mentor be younger than you? “Question of the Day” — listen to find out! References and Resources: Connect with Tricia on LinkedIn , or visit her website here. Buy the book, Mentoring Lifts and Inspires: Women Empowering Women, on Amazon today! Interested in learning more about Tricia or her upcoming event? Email her at Tricia@Beckleadership.com. Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Interested in becoming a mentor? Start here! Visit our Facebook page, and follow us 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
29:13
January 15, 2021
Episode 21.1 – The Importance of Insuring Your Business, with Ray Moulden
Ray Moulden, owner of Moulden Agency LLC, joins co-hosts Armando Ojeda and Marc Trail to discuss the varied aspects of insurance and how it impacts your business. From traditional business insurance requirements to the newest considerations for cyber security and COVID, Ray provides valuable insight to help the entrepreneur navigate in troubled waters. Discussion points: The traditional business risks that require proper insurance coverage Insurance is more than a cost to be controlled when you need its benefits Taking the time to develop the personal relationship with your agent Sel-inventory and planning for the new year Know what your assets are for proper coverage Using security systems effectively for potential savings Cybersecurity and insuring for your protection References and Resources: Connect with Ray on LinkedIn , or visit his website here. SCORE of Southeast Michigan frequently conducts free workshops on managing risk and maximizing insurance. Click here to view the upcoming calendar of events. Looking for a mentor to help answer insurance-related questions? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Armando and Marc 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
35:26
December 31, 2020
Episode 20.11: The Mentor/Mentee Relationship, with Richard Gibbs and Rebecca Aughton of Bra-Vo Intimates
In this episode of The SCORE Podcast, co-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail meet up with SCORE Certified Volunteer Mentor Richard Gibbs and his client Rebecca Aughton of Bra-Vo Intimates, as we discuss the importance of their professional relationship from the perspective of a well-established business and the current pandemic. Discussion points: The reasons for a well-established business to reach out for mentoring services How Bra-Vo Intimates, a local apparel retailer, executed the "pandemic pivot" The inter-relationship between networking and mentoring organizations The mentoring relationship from the mentor/client perspectives Never let a crisis got to waste—the opportunity pivot and re-position Advice on mentoring from the seasoned entrepreneur to the start-up "Question of the Day" from listener Rubin Martinez References and Resources: Visit Bra-Vo at www.bravointimates.com Follow Bra-Vo on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn Connect with our guest, Rebecca Aughton, on LinkedIn SCORE of Southeast Michigan offers workshops and mentors for entrepreneurs in retail. Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events. Looking for a mentor to help you along your entrepreneurial path? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Tom and Marc 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
32:56
December 11, 2020
Episode 20.10: Attributes of Strong Leadership, with Donna Hover
Donna Hover, past chair of SCORE of Southeast Michigan and current principal of Leaders Laboratory joins co-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail to discuss the attributes of effective leadership. Whether you are the CEO of a well established business, or are in the ideation stage, Donna discusses the important leadership elements necessary for your success. Discussion points: How can you tell if an organization has strong leadership? Motivating teams and maintaining alignment with company values Donna’s impact on SCORE of Southeast Michigan and how leadership applies Is leadership inherent or can it be developed? Types of leadership scenarios and attributes required References and Resources: Connect with Donna on LinkedIn, or email her at donnahover@leaderslaboratory.com SCORE of Southeast Michigan frequently conducts free workshops on leadership skills. Click here to view the upcoming calendar of events. Looking for a mentor to help you along your entrepreneurial path? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Tom and Marc 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
33:37
November 29, 2020
Episode 20.9 – Accelerators and Incubators, with Paul Riser of TechTown Detroit
Paul Riser, Director of Detroit Urban Solutions for TechTown Detroit, joins co-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail to discuss business incubators and accelerators, not only from the standpoint of the tech-based company, but also for traditional product and service companies that need to embrace this brave new world of digital platforms. Discussion points: The growth of business incubators and accelerators as entrepreneurialism expands throughout our economy Similarities between the tech-based business and traditional businesses How traditional business needs to incorporate tech into the business model to be successful Obstacles that tech-based entrepreneurs face as they grow, and how TechTown helps them succeed References and Resources: Visit techtowndetroit.org to get started! SCORE of Southeast Michigan offers workshops and mentors for entrepreneurs looking to “techify” their businesses. Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events. Looking for a mentor to help you along your digital path? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Paul on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter. Connect with Tom and Marc 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
40:32
November 12, 2020
Episode 20.8 - Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap, with Gino Wickman of E-Leap
Gino Wickman, best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and founder of Entrepreneurial Leap, joins co-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail to discuss and examine the six essential traits of successful entrepreneurs, and how to determine if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur! If you are thinking of starting a business, are in business and want to validate that you have these traits, or are struggling to determine why your business hasn’t reached its full potential, the tools discussed in Gino’s latest book “Entrepreneurial Leap” will give you the clarity you seek. Discussion Points: Why did Gino decide to write this book for entrepreneurs in the making, and what can readers get out of it? What are the six essential traits of successful entrepreneurs? What are the free tools and resources provided at e-leap.com that align with the three phases discussed in the book: Confirm Glimpse Path Why should entrepreneurs seek out a mentor, and what is the process? Announcing our collaboration with Gino Wickman: SCORE’s presentation of the “Introduction to E-Leap Workshop,” followed by our three-part workshop to guide entrepreneurs through the path to successful business ownership. References and Resources: Visit e-leap.com to read the book, access the free tools, and learn more. SCORE of Southeast Michigan is launching a recurring “Intro to E-Leap” workshop at no cost to attendees. Click here to find the next installment in our upcoming calendar of events. Looking for a mentor to help you along your entrepreneurial path? Find a local southeast Michigan mentor today! Connect with Tom and Marc 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
37:28
October 27, 2020
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