Law Offices of Kyra M. Raimey Relies on SCORE Advice for Running a Business
After working in downtown Cincinnati for an environmental corporate law firm, attorney Kyra Raimey decided to go into business for herself. She realized she had a passion for family and labor law, and wanted to strike out on her own.
While working to start her law office, she consulted the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Web site for information on business funding, and called the local SBA office. The SBA’s office in Cincinnati put her in touch with the Greater Cincinnati SCORE chapter for helping with obtaining a loan.
Kyra’s husband also pitched in to help. He worked with her to develop an eye-catching, informative Web site. She has received many compliments about it from clients and other attorneys.
Kyra already is looking to the future expansion of her business. She plans to move from her current one-room office to a larger office in a more accessible location.
Her long-term plans include growing the business and adding staff. She hopes to someday become a judge. In 2005, Kyra was named a “Rising Star” family law attorney by Ohio Super Lawyer and Cincinnati Magazine.
Kyra began meeting with SCORE Mentor Brien Hope at a local book store, as well as the chapter office, to discuss her new business. Brien reviewed her business plan and helped her through the loan process. This led to Kyra obtaining a BLX Express Loan to help pay for start-up costs.
Brien also worked with Kyra on her marketing strategies. “Some of the ideas we discussed included creating an information card about my business to give to other attorneys, contacting the local bar association for referrals, scheduling speaking engagements, and identifying business columnists who could write a story about my business,” Kyra says.
“Brien stressed meeting with other professionals to network as a way to get clients,” she adds. “It was great having the advice of someone who knows the business world.”
For Kyra, the future is bright. And, she knows that SCORE is there to help. “The fact that a wealth of knowledge and expertise is just a phone call away is very comforting,” she says.