The United States has nearly 23 million small businesses owners, and about 500,000 new enterprises launch each year. These run the gamut from engineering firms to bakeries, from high-tech R&D laboratories to home based accountants, and from fashion design studios to popular restaurants. What does it take to start and manage a successful small business? At its most basic level, it requires research, planning, commitment and hard work-all of which are modeled by the truly dedicated, innovative and motivated entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are both dreamers who see all the possibilities and realists who recognize the truths and risks of building a viable enterprise. They know that not everything aspect of running a small business is glamorous, yet they also understand how each necessary task factors into profits, financial independence and personal satisfaction. If you are considering becoming your own boss, you can appreciate the need to gather information and obtain advice on entrepreneurship, even if you are already familiar with the nuances of running somebody else’s business. A good place to start is SCORE. “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” SCORE Grand Rapids provides workshops and has 35 knowledgeable business experts who have “seen it and done it” to assist in business planning as well as answering questions that will influence how your business will operate. SCORE counselors provide free, confidential counseling to help you develop, prepare and improve your business. The SCORE counselors are eager to share their insights and experience with those just starting out. You can access SCORE’s small business resources in a variety of ways. By visiting the SCORE Grand Rapids chapter office, you can have a face-to-face meeting with a SCORE counselor and take advantage of a wealth of reference materials on file. You can also find an online counselor to tap the knowledge our small business experts. Whether online or on site, your SCORE counselor will work with you to discuss the elements of a sound business plan and begin putting those ideas in writing. Remember that you are the decision-maker in your new enterprise. SCORE counselors are there to act as guides, advisors and information resources. To learn more about SCORE, call 1-616/771-0305 and talk to a SCORE counselor..
Fri.-Sat., May 1-2 Garage Sale-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford. Proceeds to go to Nicaragua Mission Trip. Monday, May 4 14th Annual Community Golf Outing-Registration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Blythefield Country Club, presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds support several community and chamber events. Register on or before April 27 with Rockford Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, May 5 Mended Hearts Meeting-7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center. Rockford. Music Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin. Dave Bowman (PCC Sudan) will be this week’s speaker. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian. Wednesday, May 6 Business Counseling-Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment. Bingo-1 p.m. at Rockford Ambulance Community Room, sponsored by Rockford Community Services. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. 3-D Archery-every Wednesday through Sept. 23, 2009. Start off at 5 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy 30 3-D stations set in spacious woods. Thursday, May 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting-7 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Hosts Kirsten Carlson Farmer and David Carlson will speak about the Hunter Carlson family history. Meeting is free […]