SCORE free business advice at your library

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Are you looking to start your own business, market it, finance it or create a business plan? The Brighton, Salem-South Lyon, and Howell libraries are the go-to destinations to help make this happen with four free SCORE facilitated workshops are 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8.

• Are You Ready to Start Your Business? Aug. 9 from 7-8 p.m. at the Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail. This workshop takes the individual through the fundamental up-front steps needed to take to avoid wasting your time and energy and to get your business up and running. Register


• Business Plans Made Easy. Sept. 13 from 7-8 p.m. at the Brighton District Library, 100 Library Drive. Every business needs a plan. Using the Business Model Canvas, anyone can define the logic of their business visually on a single page using 9 key building blocks. Register at


• Marketing 101: The Basics. Oct. 11 from 7-8 p.m. at the Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W. Grand River Ave. From conducting marketing research to identifying target customers and marketing channels, this workshop walks the individual through the marketing basics needed to start a business. Register at googl./Dh6y4t.


• Financing Your Business. Nov. 8 from 7-8 p.m. at the Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail. From SAB Loans to crown funding, this workshop will take individuals through the basics of where to look for capital, how to prepare to ask for funding and more! Register at


These workshops are sponsored by SCORE (Senior Core of Retired Executives), a volunteer non-profit that provides free business counseling, and mentoring resources. SCORE has more than 13,500 volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. For more than 50 years, SCORE has been dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and grow.

Mentors are experts in business plan preparation, finance, management, marketing, patents, and web-based business. They provide free, confidential business advice tailored to meet the needs of any small business.

According to SCORE experts, the first couple of months for any new business are critical to aspiring entrepreneurs because important decisions need to be made. Making every decision on your own doesn’t have to happen.  To meet one-on-one with a SCORE representative, call your local Brighton, Howell Carnegie or Salem-South Lyon Library.

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