SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” announces a new section of its website specifically for rural entrepreneurs. The new content area offers valuable articles, mentoring and resources to help these small business owners achieve success.
Visitors to http://www.score.org/rural.html will find the following resources:
# Insights for Rural Entrepreneurs features key articles on: cutting costs at a home-based business; how to profit from a new invention; how to finance a business; and using the Internet to solve business problems.
# Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs lists nearly 25 organizations, groups and Web sites that offer information, training and assistance.
# Stats on Rural Entrepreneurs provides the latest research and facts on rural small businesses.
# Federal Grant and Loan Programs for Rural Entrepreneurs links to important business lending and grant programs from the U.S. government.
# How SCORE Can Help You highlights SCORE’s free online and face-to-face mentoring, low-cost workshops and free eNewsletters.
Notable SCORE client success stories include:
Neil Martin and Carol Dillard shared a dream of raising a family on a farm of their own. During winter months, Neil turned to his woodworking hobby, and everything he built was promptly sold at craft shows. He and Carol decided to build a full range of rustic cedar furniture, so they contacted Northwest Arkansas SCORE for advice on starting a business. SCORE Counselors Woody Knight and Mike FitzPatrick helped them with sales, marketing and finding a furniture showroom.
Robert Shatto decided to add a processing facility to his dairy business that would enable him to sell farm-fresh milk in glass bottles to local grocery stores. He called on Kansas City SCORE for help with his marketing plan. SCORE Counselor Ken Bayer, a former marketing executive, visited Robert’s farm and discussed how to turn his idea into a viable business strategy. SCORE Counselor George Lancaster, who had lifelong experience in dairy operations, helped with herd management, pricing and advertising.
Susan Ingram has lived on a farm all her life. Her horse-boarding stable sits on land owned by her family since the early 1800s. Susan had difficulty managing receivables and collections, so she contacted Greater Cincinnati SCORE for advice. SCORE Counselor Jack Espelage helped her maximize revenue and deal with tenants who owed rent. He also analyzed sales and service agreements and operating expenses.
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 7.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business in the Chicago area, set up an appointment with a volunteer expert at SCORE Chicago. Sign up for a workshop. Or call us at (312) 353-7724.