No-cost consulting expected to prove too valuable to be ignored
Local business owners and entrepreneurs can gain valuable insights through a no-cost consulting service now available thanks to Ozaukee Economic Development and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center.
The consulting program, which is backed by the area Chambers of Commerce, launched this month.
Consultant Rick Gorko, a member of the SBDC team that serves the Ozaukee, Washington and Milwaukee county area, said the program offers assistance to business owners anywhere on their career ladder — whether they have a start-up firm or one looking to develop a global presence.
Topics covered during one-on-one consulting sessions can include starting a new venture, finding new markets, expansion, meeting the challenge of competition, making financial projections, marketing, business planning, organizational development and export assistance.
“I would say 60% to 70% of the people who come to us are looking for some kind of financial guidance,” Gorko said.
“They may have a concept of where they want their business to be, but no business plan. That is something banks are going to require before they offer financing. We can help them focus on what needs to be done to succeed, including creating financial projections for their business.”
Gorko is especially adept at offering assistance in that area, since he has degrees in economics and executive development and an extensive background in the banking industry.
He has held executive positions with Empire of America Federal Savings Bank in New York, was director of corporate and business development for 16 years at Niagara County Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. and has led trade delegations to Europe and the Far East.
Gorko has been an outreach specialist with the SBDC program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2013.