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Toys for Early Education: SCORE Helps Entrepreneurs Make a Community Impact

Nature’s Nook Children’s Toys & Books, Deborah Burger-Peery

Title / Role: Owner
Location: Minot, North Dakota
Formed in: 2016
What do you do?

We sell unique toys and provide a fun place for kids to play and learn.

What inspired you to start your business?

One day I needed to buy a toy for the lesson I was teaching, and it occurred to me there was no specialty toy store in North Dakota.

What's special about your business?

We established a toy community, and we provide arts and craft classes to local kids and their families.

What have been the high and low points of being a business owner?

The high point is that we had a loyal community who continued to shop our business online or during live sales.

The low point is that it was difficult to have a store that is different than what a community is accustomed to shopping. These last few years, it was a challenge to manage revenue and make sure the store stays open.

What influenced you to seek help from SCORE?

I had no idea how to start a business, so we attended a SCORE community event at our local library, and they talked about the services SCORE offered to potential business owners. I used all the tools they provided to write a business plan, meet with the people at SCORE and SBA.

How SCORE helped.

SCORE helped me to write a good business plan and all the steps to request operating capital. It also helped me to open our business without any delays.

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