The Lucky Penny
Stressed and frazzled by the undertaking of how to legitimize my dream of owning a quirky storefront selling antiques, local art and home furnishings, I asked my local library for help. I had a meeting set up with Business Librarians, Laura Metzler and Ellie Yeatman, who were extremely friendly and approachable and had an entire folder full of pertinent and helpful documents to aid my journey. They had researched and compiled things specific to my location and type of business such as local competitors, demographics, population growth, etc. I am eternally grateful for that experience and the comfort of knowing that someone is available to help with future obstacles is invaluable.
The Lucky Penny is at 505 South Main Street, North East, Maryland 21901. The Lucky Penny's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ascension Imagery, LLC
Starting a small business can be a very overwhelming experience. With the assistance of the small business librarian, I left the library with a plan and direction, and was able to quickly get my business up and running. While I still have things that need to be done, I know that if I have questions, the Small Business Information Center will be there to assist me.
At Ascension Imagery, LLC we started with years of graphic design and photography experience. We recognized the emerging need to provide aerial imagery services utilizing UAV's (drones) to discerning clients. With extensive skills in a variety of visual media, we have the experience you need for your next project. We specialize in real estate imagery, complete real estate video packages, and landscape photography. For all of your photography and videography needs, please contact Ascension Imagery, LLC, by visiting our website at www.AscensionImagery.com or our Facebook page @AscensionImagery.
Based on a personal experience with her dog, Lori Channell embarked on an entrepreneurial journey to start a healthy homemade pet treat business. Starting at the library she met the small business librarian who navigated her though market research, business plan writing and a checklist on how to get licensed in Maryland. Channell said, “I was in awe of the librarian’s 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.”
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:
Peacock Training Institute, LLC
While visiting the library, Alan Pfau, a veteran who served his country for 14 years with multiple deployments, learned about the Small Business Information Center, made an appointment, and discussed how the library could help him become his own boss and start a firearms training business, Peacock Training Institute, LLC. By providing relevant demographic and competitor information related to his industry. He also received referrals to the Cecil Business Resource Partners (CBRP), which he describes as a real turning point for his business. CBRP is a partnership of Cecil County's education entities and non-profit organizations that have joined together to share information about free resources for small businesses. These connections fostered growth for his business.
For more information on seminars and training provided by Peacock Training Institute, LLC, email email@example.com or contact Alan Pfau directly at 443-406-6260.
Beth Tumas met the small business librarian in 2012 with the dream of creating a small business that produces and sells natural honey and goat milk products with fresh homemade ingredients. At the time, Tumas did not even own a single bee or goat, but she had a vision and a passion, she just needed a plan of action. Today Beth operates “Aristos’ Harvest” amongst her numerous colonies of bees, herd of alpine goats and has recently expanded her business to a new farm. Tumas credits her business success with the help she received at the SBIC. She met with the Small Business Librarian one-on-one and learned the process of starting a business and how to map out her goals in a business plan. Tumas is especially grateful for the free online Gale Courses the library offers related to small business ownership. Tumas also credits the knowledge she gained at the free programs, stating that “the free QuickBooks classes at the library really tasked me with organizing my business. I realized the importance of keeping track of inventory and now, at any point, I can know if I am making or losing money.” At another program Tumas attended, “From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur: Building an Online Business” she learned the adage “Don’t be afraid to promote yourself.” Tumas said that really stuck with her and has given her the courage needed to self-promote her business.
125 Forest Manor Road, Lincoln University, PA. (302) 584-8386 – or search Aristos Harvest in Facebook.
“The library was fantastic in helping us take our green cleaning business, Country Clean, to the next level. We had a consultation with the small business librarian and she had already spent a lot of time reviewing our website and social media. She had some easy strategies to help us access potential new customers and leads for the business and really spent time giving us custom feedback on using social media in a more effective way. We were very impressed! We are so grateful to have these kinds of resources at our public library and are excited to grow our residential and commercial green cleaning business in Cecil County.”
Country Clean was founded in 2011 with the purpose of offering high quality cleaning services that are safe for our clients, our staff and the environment. We believe that green cleaning can be safe, effective and affordable! If interested in contacting County Clean, please visit www.mycountryclean.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Life Guides
After almost 20 years as the Admissions Director at a local healthcare center, Donna Harrity decided to leave and start Aging Life Guides. “I had a wealth of knowledge about the aging process and wanted to pass this on to families who are dealing with the challenges of their aging family members. I spoke to the business librarian who provided me with the “Keys to Starting a Business” pamphlet, along with the guidance to proceed with my dream. I attended a workshop on starting your own business that gave me additional resources. The SBIC continues to give me the support and resources needed to build my business and my dream.”
As an eldercare consultant and care manager, Donna can complete an assessment and care plan for seniors and identify problems and provide solutions. More information can be found at: www.aginglifeguides.com or by calling 443-207-8834 or emailing email@example.com.
The Write Touch, LLC
India Lindsey was referred to the SBIC by the Baltimore County Public Library. “When I met with the Small Business Information Center, I was provided with pamphlets, tons of information and contacts which helped me with starting my writing and editorial business. The small business librarian was very helpful and a great resource throughout the whole process. Contacting Cecil County Public Library’s Small Business Information Center was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself!”
The Write Touch, LLC offers writing and editorial services for authors, businesses and students. India Lindsey is the owner of The Write Touch, LLC. For more information, visit: https://www.getthewritetouch.com/.
Jessica St. Clair Studio, LLC
"Art transcending perception"
“When I was ready to take serious steps in starting my own business, but felt overwhelmed by a magnitude of questions, I sought answers and found many through the Cecil County Public Library. I've participated in their variety of free workshops, checked out books they've suggested for my research and consulted their start up guide for direction in officially establishing my business. As the proud owner and artist of Jessica St. Clair Studio, LLC I've built a business based on my passion, and am happy to attest that Cecil County Public Library helps entrepreneurial dreams become reality. Establishing a business in Cecil County has given me the opportunity to become an active member of the community, exhibit and sell award-winning artwork and provide professional graphic design services. My collection of Bark RemarksTM "doggone funny greetings for a great cause" feature and give back to local shelter dogs in need of loving homes.”
After 10+ years of designing for other companies, Debbie Shiller gained the courage to venture out on her own but lacked the knowledge to start her own business. Enter the Cecil County Public Library's Small Business Information Center, which Debbie says, "truly painted a 'yellow brick road,' complete with a checklist explaining how to start a business. “I gained the the confidence I needed."
If you are looking to re-brand your company or to promote your school, team, or event, Debbie Shiller from Designendipity can take your design ideas to the next level. Her store is located at 101 Old Mill Plaza, North East, MD 21901 and she can be reached at 443.907.3646. For more information about Designendipity, visit: http://www.designendipity.com/.
Cathy Parsons, owner of Best Vacations, a full-service travel agency that is family-owned and operated in Elkton, came to the library's Small Business Information Center to seek assistance with expanding her business. Cathy had been running a successful home-based travel business and wanted to research the possibility of a storefront location. With the library’s resources, she was able to perform a market analysis and research local competitors in the area. Cathy said that the Small Business Information Center allowed her to see "the importance of a bigger picture and that taking baby steps to achieve your ultimate dream is okay."
Best Vacations can assist you with destination weddings, honeymoons, international and domestic group travel, girls' getaways, or just a fun family vacation. For more information, visit: www.BestVacationsLLC.com
210 North Street, Elkton, MD 21921 (443)593-4000
Katelyn Thomas, owner of Katelyn Thomas Photography in Port Deposit, describes how the SBIC helped transition her from aspiring entrepreneur to local business owner. "I was able to use the FAQ for Starting a Small Business in Cecil County to make sure I didn't miss any important steps. In addition, I was able to use digital resources and databases on the library's website, such as Demographics Now and the sample business plans, to help me create a business plan and perform basic demographic research. A program about email basics for small businesses helped me jump start my business mailing list.
For more information about Katelyn Thomas Photography, visit: www.katelynthomasphotography.com.
As a life-long Cecil County resident, Cristy Galasso found herself going to Delaware for children's consignment sales. These sales were very popular and she recognized many fellow Cecil County residents attending. She decided to create local consignment events and ventured into the Small Business Information Center to learn how to bring this idea to fruition. Cristy states that "the SBIC was instrumental in the start of my business. It has a host of resources for potential business owners to research, plan, start, and manage their business."
For more information about As They Grow Kids Consignment, LLC, visit: www.astheygrowkids.com.
Handy Boys Cleaning Service, LLC
Buryl Windle had a dream to open his own commercial and residential cleaning business and employ local Cecil County residents. With the help of the Small Business Librarian, Buryl used the Key Steps Brochure to fill out the necessary forms and start his business. Buryl describes the Small Business Information Center as giving him "everything needed to get this thing going!" Buryl has since hired 5 employees and is looking to hire even more in the near future.
Handy Boys Cleaning Service LLC and provides commercial and residential cleaning services, specializing in stripping and waxing floors. They can be reached at 443-224-5250 or 410-658-3278.
"The small business librarian has been a huge help and a wonderful cheerleader for our small business, The Palette & The Page, LLC a gallery in downtown Elkton. She met with us at the very beginning of our operation in November of 2009 and has continued to guide us. At our first meeting we learned about various websites, she recommended several books and told us about the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives.) Since then we have used her vast knowledge, and she was extremely helpful when we decided to become a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in January of 2011. The SBIC is a valuable resource for small business owners in Cecil County!”
If you'd like more information about The Palette & the Page, visit: www.thepaletteandthepage.com. The gallery is located at 120 East Main Street in Elkton.
Fringe Salon and Spa
Ann Hovatter came to the Cecil County Public Library's Small Business Information Center for guidance and information that she would need to open her own salon. Because the process of small business ownership was new to Ann, the “Key Steps to Starting a Business in Cecil County” brochure was a great place for her to create a checklist and make sure that she followed all the appropriate steps. The librarian showed her the many small business resources available from the library. She also attended a free business program at the library that explained how small businesses can successfully use social media to gain loyal customers. Ann states that "without the help of the library, I could not have pulled this off so quickly - the resources were great! I just took them and ran like the wind!"
Fringe Hair Salon and Spa, LLC is located at 225B East Main Street in Rising Sun and their website is http://www.fringesalonandspallc.com.
“My salon’s opening and success is very likely to have NEVER happened without the resources of the Cecil County Library and their librarian. What a wealth of information and help. I went from being unemployed to employing 15 people last year. And that would NOT have happened without the help I received.”