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Success: Peer Groups for Small Business
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Connecting to Peer Networks

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

people_connectNational Black Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

eWomen Network, Women’s Leadership Exchange and
National Association of Women Business Owners

What groups would you like to add? Share a comment.

Christine Banning, SCORE
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Starting: Are My Cookies Bakery Quality?

Follow Your Dreams, Get Business Advice

j0400032At SCORE I meet with many women who are thinking of going into business. I recently met with a woman who wanted to open a bakery because everyone loved her cookies. She was newly divorced, had a chunk of cash and dreamed of opening a bakery. “My friends and family all love my cookies and my recipes are special.” She had no business background and knew nothing about running a business. I asked if she had ever worked in a bakery. No,but she often went to a little French bakery near her home. Asking if she had researched the cost of opening a bakery (a sneaky way to start talking about the business plan) she said “no”, but she had a substantial chunk of cash. When I asked if she knew the hours involved in running a business her face lit up as she said she needs little sleep. This was a trick question on my part as I knew she had not experienced the hard labor involved in running a bakery.

Bottom line, I suggested she go to our SCORE all day workshop on how to start your own business and to spend 6 months working in a bakery learning the trade of running a bakery. With that she explained that she had come to be supported in her dream and that I didn’t understand her plan. Needless to say, she was not one of my repeat SCORE clients. Two parts to any business: the art or craft of the business (how to bake) and and the art of running a business (business experience or know how). Unfortunately, she had neither and was not willing to learn. Before you open a business take inventory of your skills and use SCORE to help with the art of running a business. What is your story about starting your business? You can learn the hard way, but why? Come see SCORE. That is why we are here.

Betty Otte, SCORE Orange County
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