I ran across an interesting article on SCORE.org about Bo McSwine's quest to start a barbecue business in Lafayette, CA. Bo's Barbecue and Catering has been in operation since 1999.
For those that are not familar with SCORE it's a group of retired or semi-retired veteran entrepreneur's that counsel small business owners or prospective small business owners about creating a business plan, obtaining financing, how to price your product(s), insurance considerations, and much, much more. The SCORE counselors come from a variety of professional backgrounds including banking, small business, corporate business, and the legal profession and have a wide ranging background in all the in's and out's of business ownership and management.
The SCORE website has a lot of free templates that you can use to create your first drafts of a business plan, request for financing, balance sheet, breakeven analysis, and loan amortization spreadsheet among others to use when holding discussions with your local SCORE counselor.
They've even got an online reading room with articles relating to the business community.
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