Embarking on an entrepreneurial venture after 27 years in corporate America can be quite scary and challenging. When my son, a recent Penn State graduate, and I (a retired Information Technology executive) decided to start a new concept restaurant business together, we started laying out our plan for bringing our vision to life. The first step was to write a comprehensive business plan and learn everything we could about the business space we were entering. After much research, two months and 42 fact-filled pages later, the business plan was ready.
Not sure exactly where to go next with our masterpiece business plan, we reached out to our local SCORE organization in search of guidance and advice on next steps. Within a few short days we were introduced to our SCORE mentor, and through a face-to-face meeting, learned about the services, people and opportunities available to us by partnering with SCORE. Our mentor, Allen Abbott, was thrilled to share the benefit of all his years of experience in retail and marketing. He was able to provide us with an objective and analytical critique of our business plan, introductions to key members in the local business and finance communities, and shared solid, useful direction that started us down the right road.
Over the 18 months since contacting SCORE and working with Allen, we have successfully obtained funding, designed and built out flagship restaurant, hired over 25 people, and have seen our vision come to life. Not only are we well on our way to expanding our restaurant to new locations, but Allen remains not just a trusted advisor, but has become a good friend.