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Welcome to Small Business Communiversity
|The Business Center of Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise|
Having the Right Tools
Recently I had a plant in my office that was placed too close
to the radiator. As a result, the leaves were burned and two
vines had to be cut off and re-rooted. The vines, which I knew
if placed in a vase with water, would really have a chance to
When the vines were initially placed in the water it appeared
as if roots were not going to come. Both vines were limp and I
was tempted to throw them away. However, after a while one vine grew roots and it
took on a new form. The leaves were perked up and it was starting to thrive. Still the
other vine had no roots. I noticed that the bottom was growing a rotted nub. So I cut it
off and cut the bottom on a slant like they recommend with flowers. Months later a
staff member brought to my attention that the other vine was growing roots now too. I
was really happy about this.
They often laugh at me in the office regarding the plants. But I like their presence. I
find it relaxing and I know they keep the air clean.
The experience of developing roots for the vines reminded me of the fact that it is
very important to have a foundation in order to thrive. Seconds after I shared that
with the staff, the Director of Educational Programs showed me the Core Four book
we use for teaching the Business Plan Workshop. Inside the book there is a picture of
a house. In the house is a floor plan, and it shows the parts of a business plan.
The business plan is an essential part of starting a business. It provides the foundation
of success. Without it, like the plants, our business will not thrive. With it, your
business can thrive, sustain itself and grow over time. We look forward to serving you
in building that foundation.
Pamela Rich-Wheeler, MBA