Monday, April 27, 2009

Excellent Resources for Concessionaires

I've discussed the Small Business Administration in previous articles, however I wanted to mention them again. There are some excellent resources available at the SBA Website.

I would encourage you to go to the site and review some of the great tools and information that is available to you.'s a FREE resource for you. Well, not completely free since you are a taxpayer. So, with that said though, take advantage of your tax dollars!

Not interested in reading through articles? Try out some of their podcasts. Download them and listen to them while you're driving to your stand or during a slow period. Some podcasts that stand out to me are:

Check List for Starting a Business

Featuring Wendy Baumann, President
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How can a prospective entrepreneur know if he or she is ready to start a business? This checklist helps you identify what you need to know and what you need to do to start a small business.

Is Entrepreneurship for You?

Featuring Cheryl Mills, Associate Deputy Administrator
Office of Entrepreneurial Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

Each year more than 600,000 new businesses are started in the United States. Many will succeed while others fail. Find out if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how training maybe be the key to success.

The SBA Small Business Training Network—Log On!
Featuring Jim O’Connor, Director
Small Business Training Network
U.S. Small Business Administration

To succeed in business entrepreneurs must stay competitive. An essential ingredient to being competitive is training. Learn how SBA’s online Small Business Training Network—a virtual campus—can help potential and current small business owners start, grow and succeed.

This is only a sampling of the many podcasts that are available for free download. While these podcasts will not directly discuss concessions businesses, they are certainly full of tips for any small business and helpful.

If you get a chance to listen to one of their podcasts and find the information in it helpful, I would encourage you to leave a comment here so that other customers can benefit from it too. Thanks!


Unknown said...

This isn't totally related to this post.. but I was wondering what the average electricity costs for a shaved ice trailer were.

TimMc said...

Hi Jaclyn,

I can't give you a number offhand, but I will ask a couple of people who own stands and post their answers. Good Question! Thanks for asking it!

Unknown said...

I have another question.. I am looking to open a stand this summer (which is the reason for all the questions). Is there sales tax on shaved ice? If so, I'm asuming you build that into the cost so it is easy for people to pay in cash.

TimMc said...

Hi Jaclyn,

Sales tax varies from state to state, so the best thing to do is consult with someone local. I'd suggest starting at your county tax office and ask them who to contact. You may also find the information on your state government's website.

I would suggest that you call Gary at our office. He's the owner and full of great information on starting your own shaved ice business. He's a great resource and is always eager to assist. You can call him at 1-800-742-8334.