A&T Emporium, Atlanta and Tommie Howlett Jr.
The Company's mission is to provide transportation services for companies seeking to ship products locally, regionally and OTR in 48 states. At A & T Emporium, listening to our customers is an important factor in the success of our business. Our goal is to provide the most efficient, successful, and compelling shipping experience. The services we provide will include direct contact with the freight from pick-up to delivery. Freights will be treated with equal importance regardless of the size of the freight or the distance.
Tommie was a truck driver and encouraged me to help start our trucking business.
I had heard about SCORE years ago but didn't check them out. My sister told me about the program and we were in a new lane and needed help.
Ken Senour has been very helpful. Without Ken's help, we would not have been able to complete our business plan. Ken encouraged us to think about things we had not thought about like an actual budget, salaries, and overhead. Ken introduced A&T Emporium to Cecelia Barringon. Cecelia helped the company create an employee handbook, company policies and our safety handbook. Ken also introduced Dan Leslie who helped A&T Emporium with the financial part of their business plan. Without these three SCORE mentors, our company would not be doing the things we are doing.
Our mentors helped us think about issues we had never thought about.
The first thing you should do is contact SCORE because you need a mentor no matter what business you are starting. You need someone who has a background in business. I would tell them to research, research, research.
Running a business is not about yourself. It is about helping others. Just like when we needed help and SCORE helped us, we need to reach out and help others.
The most difficult part of the business is the stuff you don't know. Every day you learn something new. Even though you know your trade, the business itself and how other people operate a business are always different, and there is always something to learn.
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