I went to SCORE Savannah to find help in starting Foxy Loxy, my café gallery in Savannah. My background is in art (MFA) but I needed assistance in the business side of this venture.
Check our website http://foxyloxycafe.com/
Since I did not need financing and was determined to open this business, Ken Zapp, my Score mentor, did not require that we develop a full business plan. Instead, we developed a cash flow analysis. This helped me anticipate the costs of starting this new business and the challenge of producing positive cash flow.
I am glad to report that after 10 months of Foxy Loxy operations I am working on a second location in Downtown Savannah. Thanks Ken.
During our meetings every two weeks in summer, 2011 we discussed more than just the cash flow. Ken was able to answer a wide range of questions I had not initially thought about. In fact, having him there proved to be even more important than the financial details; he helped me talk through many frustrating challenges. More than anything, he helped me gain confidence in myself.