Rural Entrepreneurs

Workshop Poster Fall of 2014

Ask SCORE
          My beauty supply business has grown significantly in the short time we’ve been in 
business and I’m considering hiring an accountant. How do I find the right one?

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one 
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit 
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer 
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. 
Small Business Administration.

Ask SCORE
          My beauty supply business has grown significantly in the short time we’ve been in 
business and I’m considering hiring an accountant. How do I find the right one?

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one 
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit 
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer 
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. 
Small Business Administration.

Turfinators Lawn Service

Owner/Founder
Andrew Nycz
My Location
Toledo OH 43623
United States
Year Company Formed
2008
How SCORE Helped

Turfinators Lawn Service says:

 

“My SCORE Mentor is genuinely interested in me”

That’s the way Andrew Nycz puts it.  He says that if he goes home happy every day, he knows that his customers are happy, his employees are happy, and he is succeeding in the tough competitive jungle of small business.

Four years ago, Andrew started Turfinators Lawn Service, a full-service landscaping and maintenance company.  He has carved his own niche among a thicket of other companies.  And he has done it the old-fashioned way: with self-financing, with the help of his wife as “inside manager”, with smart ideas and long hours of work.  If you want to see the result, go to www.turfinatorstoledo.com; you will see some beautiful pictures, and some glowing testimonials. 

No, it’s not a franchise.  Why the name?  Think Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Terminator.  Ask Andrew for the rest of the story.

How has Andrew pulled this off?  He is 40 years old, and admittedly spent his early adulthood enjoying work as a bartender, waiter and – most importantly for his future – working for various landscape companies.  He says he always wanted to be his own boss, but didn’t get serious about it until one day he realized that he had learned a lot about the landscape business, and “I could do better than most of these guys!” 

He contacted SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, and drew Dave Hanson as his mentor.  According to Andrew, Dave was “always probing, always questioning, always insisting on planning ahead, and genuinely interested in me.”  That relationship is ongoing, and the two of them have no lack of things to talk about.

Why is Andrew successful?  Sure, he has experienced lots of bumps along the way; but he has also discovered a few things that have helped.  He learned that he cannot say “yes” to every prospective customer, and instead concentrates on select geographical areas.  He learned that it pays to have extra equipment, so that when a snow plow breaks down he doesn’t leave a customer stranded.  He learned that treating employees right – “they are our family” – they stay with him and are the true “face” of his business. 

Andrew Nycz has learned that honesty, high quality, fair value and customer service are not abstract theories, but are at the root of successful businesses. And he has learned how to go home happy every day, knowing that The American Dream is working for him, and his customers, and his employees.

 SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business - is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and may be reached at 419.259.7598 and www.nwoscore.org

This is a check list of the steps involved in starting a nonprofit in Michigan. Other documents that will be helpful are "Starting a Tax Exempt Non-Profit in Michigan" and "Planning Tools for Non-Profit Organizations".  Both of these documents are available on this site.

This 14 page booklet provides specific information about starting a Non-Profit in Michigan.  It is produced by the Non-Profit Association of Michigan.

This is a very helpful booklet for entrepreneurs who are trying to start a non-profit or who are involved in the operation of a non-profit.

This booklet is produced by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Center to provide information and guidance to entrepreneurs starting a business in Michigan. 

While it is a bit old (published in 2009), it still is a helpful document. We also recommend that you go to http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/#section1  where you will find the most up to date information. 

This booklet will help you develop a plan for your business. 

          After working for a large accounting firm for many years, I’ve decided to go out on my
own and specialize in helping small businesses with their accounting and financial needs.
Initially, it will be just me, and to keep expenses down and be able to better manage my young
son, I’m thinking about operating out of my home. What are the pros and cons?


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About the Author

         This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

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