Nicole Kurz’s dream was to start her own bridal and special occasions gown business in Wheaton, Illinois, but she needed sound advice and planning in order to realize her dream.
Beginning in January 2008 she was counseled by SCORE counselor Carlos Bastidas, who helped her develop a business plan, assess the financial requirements, identify ways to make her business unique, and gather the information she would need to establish a successful enterprise.
Nicole’s determination under Carlos’s guidance enabled her to develop a plan which led to her obtaining bank financing, negotiating a store lease and launching her business– which celebrated its Grand Opening on January 31, 2009.
As Nicole said, “SCORE was extremely helpful in defining my starting point and offered me great advice all through my efforts. Without SCORE’s help, I probably could not have opened my business and made my dream a reality.”
Nicole’s website can be found at www.shopthedress.com