Pick of the Planet Garden Center Opens with Help from SCORE

The Pick of the Planet recently opened its new wholesale and retail garden center in Greenland, New Hampshire.

Owner Ellen Mitchell said she turned to SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"I wanted some professional input and had a great experience with SBA when I first started my business in 1999," she said.

Mitchell worked with Seacoast SCORE Chapter 185 counselors Martin Klenke and Mike Hurt, who met with her in 10 confidential sessions. She also took advantage of SCORE workshops in financial accounting and Internet marketing to learn more about growth options for her company.

"As I worked with this team, it became clear that we would have to move if we wanted to grow," Mitchell said. "I began to explore different towns in the Seacoast, and one of the ideas we developed was to seek out former greenhouse sites as a way of streamlining our relocation and conserving capital on construction costs."