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TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STRAW BALES
 
By: Dan Miller

This weekend Joanne and I traveled up to the Amish country of Ohio to visit my dad in his retirement home. As always, I am amazed at the micro enterprises that cover the back roads of this farming area where I was raised. At one shop, where I bought some fresh unpastuerized apple cider, we saw a pile of miniature straw bales, about half the size of regular bales. My brother told me a local Amishman had rebuilt a hay baler to produce the tiny, decorative bales. While regular sized bales sell for about $1.00, these half sized ones sell for $2.00. That’s the power of a unique idea.


We also visited the local winery featuring Amish Country Wine. And the local furniture maker, whose website is Amish-R-Us.com. There is certainly some amusing irony in the Amish being winemakers and having the latest technology. But the point is, they are great about finding great ideas and building a successful business around it.


If you have an idea, you’ve got to have a well thought out business plan. The importance of a comprehensive, thoughtful business plan cannot be overemphasized. Much hinges on it: credit from suppliers, management of your operation and finances, promotion and marketing of your business, and achievement of your goals and objectives.


Here’s a free business planning site – you will see examples and questions to help you develop your idea. You’ll also see information relative to taxes, insurance and legal issues. I love to see simple ideas produce unusual success --
Now, let me see your idea develop

http://www.sba.gov/starting_business/planning/basic.html



 








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