ABOUT HOLLAND SCORE
The SCORE chapter 686, located in Holland, Michigan has been a chapter since 2005. Previously, it was a branch of the SCORE chapter in Kalamazoo, MI, approximately 40 miles to the southeast of Holland. Holland, Michigan is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, where the Black river empties into Lake Michigan, at the southern edge of Ottawa county. The name Holland is derived for the old name of The Netherlands, from which the early Dutch settlers arrived in 1847. The settlement grew substantially since then, with Dutch names given to other area and communities and townships, including Graafschap, Borculo, Drenthe, Vriesland and Zeeland. Initially farming was the main activity, but manufacturing gradually grew, particularly when heavy industrial machinery became more readily available, after the middle 1800's. The furniture industry became prominent in Holland as it did in nearby Grand Rapids, the largest metropolitan area, about 20 miles inland from Holland. Agriculture is still an important industry in the Holland area, with many fruit orchards and flower farms.
SCORE's national philosophy for the past 50 years has been to help anyone who either wants to establish a new business or improve an existing business, by advising clients on the need for and requirements of a business plan. The main elements of a business plan are the following: Marketing, Operations and Financial Requirements. The well thought out, orderly and detailed implementation of steps taken to address these areas have been found to determine the success or failure rate of many new and established businesses. This premise seems to be valid regardless of whether or not the client needs a business loan from a financial institution. The more effectively a client can spend thinking through, documenting and implementing plans for a new business idea has been proven to result in a successful outcome.