December 2019
Photo of orange slices, holly berries, pine cones and winter greenery laid out decoratively in the snow.
"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress.
Working hard for something we love is called passion."

Simon Sinek
The Business 'New Year Resolutions List'
Photo of a goal review that shows a writer's plan for accomplishing their project.
In a few more weeks, it will be 2020 and a new year of opportunity lies ahead for your business plans. So, what's on your list of resolutions?

Large or small, it's important to map out a structure for taking your ideas for the coming year from goal to achievement. Check out our feature article for some advice on just how to do that.
And before you scroll any further...

From all of us here at Merrimack Valley SCORE, we wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season!
Diversity & Inclusion
TEDxBroadway talk given by Oshoke Pamela Abalu

"Diversity and inclusion systems designs serves the reunion of humanity ... it demands our attention, our empathy and a dignified handshake with one another as equal -- equal and unique expressions of humanity. Incorporation for the connectivity of our whole," said Oshoke Pamela Abalu in her November talk at the annual TEDxBroadway event. She advocates for a more human-centered approach to establishing and developing diversity within our work spaces, reminding us that behind the demographics are people.

Clients in the Spotlight
McMillan Elite Travel Logo -- Palm trees on a beach are surrounded by a crescent moon which connects into a plane taking off into the air.
Shajuana McMillan Austin

World travel is a dream for many and heading off to an exciting destination should be about the experience, not the hassle of tangled travel arrangements. Shajuana McMillan Austin agrees, which is why she decided to launch McMillan Elite Travel. Not your typical travel agency, agents focus on what YOU want out of your trip, building the package that best suits your needs, not just a pre-built, "one-size-fits-all" deal. From flights to hotels, they've got you covered so you can just enjoy the excursion.

Thinking of heading off to your dream destination? Be sure to check them out at!
Itinerant Muse Logo -- a blue and teal paint splotch bordered by an aqua square. The letters "IM" are outlined in white over the paint.
Sarah A. Easley, M.A.
Owner & Writer, Itinerant Muse L.L.C.

Written content is one of the most pressing needs in modern business, but entrepreneurs often find themselves stuck without the time or perhaps the know-how to create that all-important content. That's where Sarah comes in! In 2018, she launched Itinerant Muse as a freelance writing & proofreading business to team up with and support clients who need someone to pull together their various writing projects, allowing them to focus on running their businesses. From writing newsletters and articles to press releases, website copy, proofreading of manuscripts and even academic publications and dissertations, you can trust Sarah to be your muse.

Feel free to visit her at or reach out directly at!
Upcoming Workshop Schedule
As 2019 draws to a close, we look back on another productive year of workshops ... but wait, we still have some more to share with the SCORE community!

Join us for a look at the basics of actually starting a business and making it grow, tackle the intricacies of social media marketing, advertising on Facebook, and working toward the evergreen goal of making your business profitable. Sign up through the links below and feel free to take a sneak peek ahead to see we already have on the calendar for January.

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Franklin Saving Bank Community Learning Center
61 Laconia Road
Tilton, NH, 03276
Monday, December 9, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Pillsbury Free Library
18 East Main Street
Warner, NH, 03278

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Franklin Saving Bank Community Learning Center
61 Laconia Road
Tilton, NH, 03276

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Messiah Lutheran Church
Route 101
Next to Amherst Garden Center
Amherst, NH, 03031

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Franklin Saving Bank Community Learning Center
61 Laconia Road
Tilton, NH, 03276