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Posted on: May 4, 2020

FREE Small Business Survival Coaching Available Throughout Calumet County

This is a challenging time for many small business owners and Calumet County wants to help. That’s why a new partnership has been started with the Rural Ideas Network to offer all small businesses free access to "Small Business Survival Coaching" until June 30, 2020.

The Rural Ideas Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that specializes in helping rural entrepreneurs and communities spark growth. Their experienced business coaching team will help develop an Outbreak Survival Plan through a series of virtual one-on-one sessions. This service is specifically designed to help create relevant solutions to the current crisis. Working with a coach, participants will:

1. Complete a cash flow analysis

2. Learn about any available disaster relief funding

3. Consider alternative income opportunities (online, etc.)

4. Review tools and strategies for remote working (if it’s an option)

5. Evaluate down-time improvement opportunities

This service doesn’t replace the SBDC counseling services offered by Ray York. It is an enhancement to that service because the Rural Ideas Network has a larger staff capacity and is able to spend more time with each business. It may be especially useful for businesses that are trying to determine disaster relief funding, assess their continued viability, or just need an external set of eyes and ears to help make critical business decisions.

Schedule a Survival Coaching Appointment

Business counseling is also available through the Small Business Development Center. Ray York is eager to serve entrepreneurs and start-ups that are considering going in to business, and it isn’t too late for businesses feeling the effects of COVID-19 to contact the SBDC. Use the online contact form, or reach Ray by phone (920-946-9379) or email.

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