I wanted to start with a Thank You and a Welcome for visiting the Kari’s Treasure Trove website. Catt and I are so very excited to have you here and encourage you to take a good look around. A quick rundown of our new features: you can visit our eBay store, check out our calendar for upcoming events, read through the information we most frequently are asked in the FAQs, and keep up on the back office shenanigans and other pursuits as detailed in our Blog. Many, many heartfelt thanks to Greg Falken of Webdancers (Sonora CA) for the slick and professional website design. If you are looking for a great web designer, Greg is your guy! Our thanks also extend to the Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) based in Modesto.
Gavin Bruce from the Valley Sierra SBDC approached us at work one day a few months ago and asked if we would be interested in some free business advice or low to no cost business services. From that discussion we found ourselves meeting with our own business advisor, Mr David Parker. Mr Parker offered some great advice and suggestions. After he took inventory of our business model and plans, he made recommendations for us to implement and initiated our collaboration with Greg Falken. The SBDC support has been amazing. My preconceived notions of rigid rules, unattainable data and research qualifications, and iron-clad business plans couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead I found a team of skilled and successful businessmen and women that took time to learn about what we do. The advice and recommendations we received from the SBDC have made direct and measurable improvements for our business.
I, as much as anyone, understands how precarious a startup can be. In an effort to remain focused and undaunted, we avoid those avenues that we perceive to be difficult to navigate. Building a business from the ground up is difficult enough, I would encourage my fellow entrepreneurs, small businesses and prospective startups to check out your local Small Business Administration (SBA) or SBDC. The results may be life-changing.