A new business starts with preparation and planning
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The United States has nearly 23 million
small business owners, and about 500,000 new businesses launch each
These range from engineering firms to bakeries, from high-tech R&D
laboratories to home-based accountants, and from fashion design studios
to popular restaurants.
What does it take to start and manage a successful small business?
At its most basic level, it requires research, planning, commitment and
hard work – all of which exemplify the truly dedicated, innovative and
Entrepreneurs are both dreamers, who see all the possibilities, and
realists, who recognize the truths and risks of building a viable
They know that not every aspect of running a small business is
glamorous. Yet, they also understand how each necessary task factors
into profits, financial independence and personal satisfaction.
If you are considering becoming your own boss, you can appreciate the
need to gather information and obtain advice on entrepreneurship, even
if you are already familiar with the nuances of running somebody else’s
A good place to start is SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”
SCORE is a nonprofit organization that offers small business counseling
and mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners in full
confidence and at no charge.
Its 11,000 volunteer counselors are knowledgeable business experts who
have “seen it and done it.” They are eager to share their insights and
experience with those just starting out.
You can access SCORE’s small business resources in a variety of ways.
By visiting the local chapter office, you can have a face-to-face
meeting with SCORE counselors and take advantage of a wealth of
Many SCORE-sponsored workshops and seminars are held at these locations.
You can also find an online counselor at
www.score.org to tap the knowledge of small business experts
from across the country.
Whether online or on-site, your SCORE counselor will work with you to
discuss the elements of a sound business plan and begin putting those
ideas in writing.
Remember, that you are the decision-maker in your new enterprise.
SCORE counselors act as guides, advisors and information resources.
There is a SCORE Chapter at The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of
Commerce. Call (903) 887-3152 for an appointment.
riding center to open
Customized programs provided for each
Special to The Monitor
SCURRY–A new addition to Kaufman County will open its doors from 2-6
p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, with an Open House.
Everyone is invited to come. Volunteer and student applications will be
Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center, a 501(c)(3) non profit
organization, was formed to enhance the lives of persons with physical,
intellectual or psychological challenges.
We provide equine assisted programs customized to meet the objectives of
each individual students needs.
What started as a dream is becoming a reality. The first volunteer
training class took place Tuesday, Jan. 5, with 10 wonderful, willing
hearts coming together to learn and explore all the possibilities this
facility can provide to the students.
Most had no horse knowledge, but by the end of the afternoon all could
groom and saddle a horse, mount and dismount a student, lead and
sidewalk the horses.
It takes three volunteers for each student to make the class possible.
One volunteer exclaimed “this is more than I could have expected and I
get to start at the beginning with a new upcoming center.”
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Prospect Mountain.
From an uncultivated pasture there now stands a 66x132-foot riding
arena, the beginnings of an ADA bathroom, two mounting ramps, a mounting
block, two walkers, two round pens and a 30x30-foot tack room.
“The facility is still not quite complete, but will be the only
theme-based therapeutic riding center in this area. Designed as an old
miners camp, we find value in all abilities,” owner operator Teri
“Prospect Mountain is a recognized center through the North American
Handicapped Riders Association (NARHA), and we will be working toward
our Premier Accreditation over the next two years,” Lisenby said.
Lisenby has been in the health care field since the young age of 14
years (starting as a volunteer) and has worked as a registered nurse
She graduated from Kaufman County’s Trinity Valley Community College
Loving to teach, she has taught many other nurses, students and patients
and for more than 10 years she has taught a children’s Sunday School
Now, by blending her gift of teaching and the great love she has for
people and horses, she will help children and adults enhance their lives
and abilities to their fullest potential.
Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center is located at 7471
Farm-to-Market 3094 in Scurry.
If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer or know of a child or
adult that would like to be a student, please e-mail us at
For more Information, check out our web site at
Fire safety expert
speaks to Rotary
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Elementary school students are the usual audience for
Mabank Deputy Fire Marshal Mat Ewaskiw.
and guests of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake were the beneficiaries
of his knowledge at Friday’s luncheon.
He began with the basics such as changing the batteries in smoke
detectors at each daylight savings time change.
“Make an escape plan. You need at least two ways out, and practice at
night,” Ewaskiw said.
Being able to get out of your home takes planning, just like for a large
building, he explained.
“We can completely evacuate the new high school in two minutes,” he
During the evacuation procedure, call 9-1-1 (not the number for the
local fire department and get help on its way.
“This is a rural area and volunteers must come from home and work, so
the fastest response will be from calling 9-1-1,” Ewaskiw explained.
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department has a training facility consisting of
two small buildings, located behind the Mabank Pavilion.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We are five beautiful Heeler mix
pups. We were brought here by animal control, so we have no
history. We are sweet little pups starting out in a new world.
We’ve been wormed and given our first shots. We are sweet babies
looking for our new forever homes.
My name is Chloe. I am a
beautiful female kitten. I was brought to the Shelter by my
owners who were not able to keep me. I am a very playful kid
looking for my new forever home.
My name is Rebel. I am a
beautiful male Pit Bull mix pup. I am somewhere around four
months old. I am a sweet and playful puppy. I am such a
wonderful kid in need of a new wonderful home.
My name is Chris. I am a male
Retriever mix pup. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am a very sweet young man with
lots of energy. I have been given my first shots. I am a sweet
kid looking for my home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at