As the small business librarian at Cecil County Public Library, I have the opportunity to work with all types of entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners. Im amazed at their ideas as well as what motivates them start a business in the first place.
I recently worked with Pawtastic Organics, who have a very personal reason for starting their business: owner Lori Channells yellow Lab Abbeys health. Abbey had many ailments and out of necessity, Channell changed her dogs diet to more nutritious, home-cooked meals. Channell saw dramatic improvements in her dogs heath, and began to see a small business opportunity emerge in making healthy treats for animals.
Standing at the check-out counter at the North East Library with numerous How to Start a Business books, the librarian asked if she knew about CCPLs Small Business Information Center.
She made an appointment with me and I shared information and resources on how to start a business. We discussed market research, sample business plans from similar businesses and a checklist on how to get licensed in Maryland. Channell said, I was in awe of the librarians skills. I left her office thrilled with the fact that I knew I was moving in a direction to make Pawtastic Organics available to market.
I then referred her to Ryan Del Gallo at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC offers another free service: mentorship for aspiring entrepreneurs. They discussed the importance of a well-written business plan, successful use of technology and creating an online store. With the help of the library and the SBDC, Channell said, I learned it is ok to think big, but the key is to stay grounded with a well written business plan.
Pawtastic Organics bakes homemade healthy treats using only natural and/or organic ingredients for furry loved ones, including both dogs and horses. To place your Pawtastic Organics treat order, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pawtasticorganics/, email Lori_channell@yahoo.com or call (443) 553-3697. Deliveries are every Friday to all of Cecil County and surrounding areas.
If you are considering starting a business, check out the free Small Business Information Center and turn your ideas into a reality. If youd like to make an appointment, call 410-996-5600 ext. 128 or at https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/small-business/about-the-sbic. To work with a business mentor, contact the Small Business Development Center at 443-373-3377.