When Melissa Johnson, owner and operator of Oh My Cupcakes! in Sioux Falls, began telling people her dream of owning a cupcake shop, people would ask, “cupcakes? Just cupcakes?” Yes, just cupcakes. After spending hours researching cupcake shops in other states and other cities, Melissa did one more thing to find out if her dream could become a reality. She attended the Sioux Falls SCORE Chapter’s “How to Really Start Your Own Business” workshop where she learned how to put together a business plan, what licenses and permits were needed and how to understand the sometimes confusing tax laws. The workshop was also a great start in helping her meet and form a relationship with a business banker who understood and cared about her needs as a new business owner. Johnson admits the workshop was very useful, but working one-on-one with a SCORE mentor, Truman Phelan, was a great next step.
Since that workshop and meeting with a SCORE counselor, Melisssa opened her store on... Read More