Business Plan Creation with New Online Service
Morristown, NJ – Ever have a fantastic idea for a new business? Need to expand a current one? A business plan
can organize those aspirations, and a new online service provided by MAIN member public libraries in
collaboration with the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and local SCORE chapter are here
Library card holders now have access to Gale Small Business Builder (https://www.mainlib.org/gsbb/), a step‐by‐
step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit organization. The
program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration in order to develop a business plan
focused on long‐term success. Areas include entrepreneur profiles, business ideation, break‐even analysis and
financial projections. The service can be accessed remotely or from within a library.
Meghan Hunscher, Executive Director at the EDC is excited for the opportunities that Gale Small Business Builder
can create. “The Morris County EDC is proud to support this initiative by MAIN libraries to provide vital resources
to the business and entrepreneurial community,” stated Ms. Hunscher. “Morris County is home to over 25,000
businesses, many of which are small to mid‐sized. This is exactly the kind of tool that can help businesses succeed
Users stuck on a particular section in Gale Small Business Builder have nothing to worry about because the
volunteers at SCORE are ready to help. Proudly serving Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties via face to face, phone,
and Skype counseling, SCORE’s Northwest NJ chapter is composed of over 50 mentors from about as many different fields and industries that possess the experience to help those interested to start a business or grow an
existing business. “We are a team of volunteers who are dedicated to giving back after enjoying successful
business careers,” explained Bruce Fisher, SCORE Mentor and Chapter 24 Vice President. He continued, “You can
count on your SCORE mentor to be there for you throughout the life of your business. There are no fees for this
service and we are flexible with respect to meeting in person, via email, or over the phone and Skype.”
MAIN was originally created in 1980 when a number of Morris County’s libraries were automated with a shared
computer system. Over time, it has evolved into a full‐fledged public library consortium in and around the County,
which offers its members cost‐sharing opportunities, technical support, and an organizational structure conducive
to collaboration and efficient management of tax dollars.
The Morris County EDC helps local companies, business owners, and entrepreneurs navigate and tap into the
many local, regional, state, and federal resources for business assistance. From workforce training to sources of
financing to networking to resources for business growth and more – the MCEDC team helps connect local
businesses with the right agency or organization to address their needs.
For further information, please contact Phillip Berg, MAIN Executive Director, or visit http://www.mainlib.org.