LEIGH & MICHAEL MURPHY
"My husband and I developed a “passion” for Kettle (pop) Corn; and, when we decided to try it as a business a friend felt it would be advantageous for us to attend the SCORE® seminars on how to start a new business. This resulted in an on-going series of meetings with SCORE® counselors, each time benefiting from the advisors’ invaluable experience and knowledge. Today Kernel’s Kettle Corn is a reality!
We have a business location on the Santa Fe Plaza, and we could not be more grateful for the excellent direction and advice that we received from the SCORE® counselors along the way. From help in setting up our basic “business structure,” to doing the necessary research to “vet” our idea, thru the implementation of our business plan, the thing we found unique about SCORE® was their ability to stick with time-proven, good business sense, while continuing to incorporate practical suggestions for navigating through the ever changing economic times in which we live today.
Having mentors who have been there “first hand,” and understand the needs of a small business is a real plus for anyone needing direction. As we learned from our time with SCORE®’s counselors, many small businesses have failed simply for not doing the basic planning and investigative work needed to be successful. Even with something as simple as popcorn we can honestly say that, had we not followed through on the approaches suggested by SCORE®’s advisors, we might not be in operation today. We are now completing our first year in business and are making preparations to expand.
Even now that we have started our business, SCORE® counselors continue to give support. My husband and I have also attended additional seminars this past year, to learn about websites and the internet, as this will be a next step for our continued success. SCORE® has been a great experience for me and I recommend it for anyone who wants to start or cultivate their small business. Best of all, Its FREE!!!