Starting a Business

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PS Scrubs - Paulus Sutrisna

Something of a multitasker, Paulus Sutrisna started his business, PS Scrubs, in October 2006, but keeps his day job as a certified nursing assistant

The native of Jakarta, Indonesia, still works a limited schedule at Ephrata Manor, putting in seven days every two weeks, and runs his business mostly from home while entrusting his five employees with most of the day-to-day business.

The store which sells "scrubwear" and uniforms for medical personnel, is in VF Outlets' Blue Building, where it already has expanded into larger quarters.

The moment of inspiration for the store came to him when he was buying a uniform. It was "very expensive," he said, and so he explored the opportunity to provide uniforms at lower cost.

Owner/Founder
Paulus Sutrisna
Year Company Formed
2006
My Successes

"VF Outlet center gave me the opportunity to open a store," he said. "The first year I got excellent response from people and did very well. The second year, I expanded the store."

Being affiliated with the health care industry, one of the best-performing sectors in the recession, and providing savings for customers have enabled PS Scrubs to thrive even in the downturn.

"This August our sales were 10 percent to 15 percent higher than last August," he said. "we're still dong really well. We've been busy every day the last three months. We're not affected too much by the recession because a lot of people need uniforms."

These are the most asked questions and responses from SCORE Evansville Mentors.

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FAQ 1: Getting Started, Licenses and Permits How do I get started, what initial contacts do I need to make, who should I get to advise me and what preliminary steps do I need to take financially, legally and governmentally including permits, licenses and tax forms in order to start a business?

Scrolls and Strings Violin House - Jeff and Shelly Reider

Scrolls and Strings Violin House is a full service stringed instrument sales and repair establishment.  Owners Jeff Reider, a Master Luthier, and his wife, Shelly, a Restoration craftsperson, started their business in April 2006.  The business is located at 608 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA.

Scrolls and Strings provides sales, repairs, rentals, and appraisals on all stringed instruments, including violin, viola, cello, bass, and mandolin.  Their services and expertise include any repair of the bows for these instruments as well.

Owner/Founder
Jeff and Shelly Reider
My Location
608 Penn Avenue
West Reading PA
United States
Year Company Formed
2006
My Successes

Jeff and Shelly have created a way to start a successful business combining each of their passions for music, musical instruments, and skilled craftsmanship.

How SCORE Helped

Jeff and Shelly give a lot of credit for their initial success to Reading and Berks Chapter of SCORE and the SCORE counselors that they were using during this start-up phase.  Jeff said, “The SCORE counselors gave us a focus and direction and taught us the value of a business plan.”  Shelly added, “I was very impressed with our SCORE experience, especially how they guided us through our early organizational efforts and the actual business opening.”

Fire Sprinkler, LLC Seeks SCORE Mentor

“Scary” is how Pat Stella characterizes being a CEO.  He should know.  As president of a Nashville, Tenn., mechanical contracting firm, Stella faced all the difficult decisions and challenges that come with being “the boss.”

Despite being in familiar territory at the helm of a company, Stella felt the need for some sound business advice.  Not just anyone would fit the bill. “I needed another CEO’s perspective,
 he says, “someone familiar with the kinds of issues I was facing, and who could give an information evaluation of my ideas and concerns.”

Owner/Founder
Pat Stella
My Location
Nashville TN
United States
Employees
50
Year Company Formed
1996
My Successes

Starting with four employees, plus help from Stella’s wife and father-in-law, Fire Sprinkler, LLC received an $80,000 job on its first day in business. At the end of the first year, the company had added staff and surpassed $1.5 million in revenues — twice what Stella had projected.

Stella’s accomplishments have also garnered attention outside the engineering and construction profession.  In January, he was invited to Florida to receive SBA’s 50th Anniversary District Director’s Choice Award for Region IV.  The award recognizes one company within each SBA district that has excelled in every aspect of small business, including strategic planning, company growth, sales and profits, human resources and community service, and leadership.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Stella was familiar with SCORE and contacted Nashville SCORE for help.  That led to his first meeting with Bill Fowler, the retired president of a local engineering company, in July 1997.  Since then, Stella and Fowler have met at least once a month to discuss specific problems as well as “big picture” areas. 

“Over the years, we’ve covered just about every topic you can imagine,” Stella says.  “Bill helped put together an accounting audit together, advised me on issues involving the purchase of our building, lease/buy decisions for equipment, and other issues as they have come up.  He also regularly looks over our numbers to make sure we’re staying on track.”

Stella considers Fowler’s advice to have been in valuable to sustaining the growth of his Fire Sprinkler LLC.  The company’s 2003 revenue topped $6 million thanks both to a growing client base and a remarkably low employee turnover rate.

How SCORE Helped

“SCORE is an excellent advantage for any small business.  They give you an instant ‘board of directors’ – people with experience who can help shape and guide your business.” says Pat Stella.

Tech Basement - Troy Stanley & Dave Bennett

Tech Basement is a new business venture started jointly by Troy Stanley and Dave Bennett. The business is a full service residential and small business computer retail store, providing computer sales, repair, training, technical support, home or office networking, and on-site services.  They are located at 800 North Sixth Street, Reading, PA.

Owner/Founder
Troy Stanley and Dave Bennett
My Location
800 North Sixth Street
Reading PA
United States
My Successes

One of the many offerings of Tech Basement is a complete computer system that they can provide for $99.00, proudly advertised on one of their two store front windows.

Troy and Dave acquire used systems from businesses where leases have expired on equipment or through asset recovery services.  They refurbish these computer systems and make them available for the price tag of $99.00.  These systems are popular for small business applications or for families who want to provide this technology to their children for homework and educational enrichment.

Tech Basement has successfully discovered a market niche – and today they have satisfied customers who not only own a complete computer system, but who would otherwise not have been able to afford such level of technology.  What a wonderful service to the community.

How SCORE Helped

Troy Stanley is very appreciative for all the help that he and his partner received from the Reading and Berks Chapter of SCORE.  “You can’t find what I got from SCORE anywhere else,” extols Troy.

Use this template to create a break-even analysis for your business.

The form of business you operate determines what taxes you must pay and how you pay them. The following are the four general types of business taxes.

  • Income Tax
  • Self-Employment Tax
  • Employment Taxes
  • Excise Tax

The resources on page the Starting a Business in Illinois explain the basic steps most business owners will need to take when starting or expanding a business in Illinois. If you are already a business owner, and want to find out about your legal requirements, visit our Operating a Business page.

The form of business you operate determines what taxes you must pay and how you pay them. The following are the four general types of business taxes.

  • Income Tax
  • Self-Employment Tax
  • Employment Taxes
  • Excise Tax

The resources on page the Starting a Business in Illinois explain the basic steps most business owners will need to take when starting or expanding a business in Illinois. If you are already a business owner, and want to find out about your legal requirements, visit our Operating a Business page.

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