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So you think you can start a business?
by Jessica Curran
There is something unique about living in a small town that inevitably steers you toward shopping locally. Maybe it’s pride, a sense of duty, or just genuine support of friends and family members. Knowing your dollar goes to a fellow Nicholas County resident makes every purchase that much more meaningful.
Carlisle is already home to many unique local businesses and restaurants but as the old saying goes; the more the merrier. Starting a business can be a tumultuous undertaking but benefits of a successful business are immeasurable for both the owner and the community.
According to thwwe SBA (Small Business Administration) small businesses are responsible for 58 percent of the private work force. However, only about 50 percent of small businesses actually survive the first year of operation. Eighty to ninety percent fail by the end of the tenth year.
Studies suggest that there is a key factor to a business’s triumph over failure: planning. According to a study at Harvard University businesses that spent six months or less in the planning of their business had an 80 percent failure rate. Those that planned for a year or more had an 80 percent success rate.
The small business administration, SBA.gov, offers an abundance of resources and planning tools that just might shed some new light on the inner workings of opening a business. There are also a number of startup programs that assist in the initial process. Specialized audiences such as women, minorities and veterans could qualify for some of the available programs.
Every business that opens its doors in Carlisle strengthens the community and boosts the local economy. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy versus only $43 remaining when shopping at a non- locally owned store.
Carlisle resident Clifford A. Thomas recently decided to take the plunge and is looking to launch not just one but two local businesses in the near future. Mr. Thomas was in attendance of the August and September City Council Meetings to inquire about potential buildings for this business and is currently working with the Economic Development group to find suitable locations.
A Deli-Café that will serve soups, salads, and sandwiches is part of Mr. Thomas’s plan, as well as a clothing and jewelry store. In Mr. Thomas’s business proposal he expresses his hope to build the economy in Nicholas County by generating a few jobs.
Cheerleaders host a party fit for a princess
by Jessica Curran
Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and many more were all in attendance at Nicholas County High School Sept. 19 for a Princess Party hosted by the NCHS cheerleaders. Children ages preschool and up were invited to dress in their favorite princess costume or dress for a night of pampering and partying.
The little ladies arrived, with tiaras in tow, within minutes of the party's official 5 p.m. start time Friday evening.
Over 100 girls gathered in the high school cafeteria for snacks, manicures, makeup, and princess inspired hair styles; all completed by the cheerleading team who were dressed up as their favorite princess as well.
After all the girls took their turn visiting all the beauty stations they headed to the floor to show off their dance moves. There wasn’t an empty spot on the dance floor as the song Let It Go from the popular Disney movie Frozen blared through the speakers.
Later that evening the girls were given the opportunity to strut their stuff during a fashion show. While showing off their new looks, the girls also told the audience their all time favorite princess.
“The cheerleaders, coaches, and booster parents want to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated,” said Head Coach Jessica Hamilton. “We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again.”
The successful event was designed to help the Nicholas County High School Cheerleaders raise money for the 2014 UCA National Cheer Competition in Orlando, Florida. The cheerleaders have been working hard to raise the $16,000 required to pursue their dream of competing at the national level.
The NCHS cheerleaders have sold fall sports programs, Tupperware, t shirts, and community calendars with historic pictures of Carlisle. They will host a cheer clinic for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade on Saturday Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
On Oct. 31 the cheerleaders will also host a chili supper and silent auction from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
To purchase any items or to get more information contact any cheerleader, coach or booster parent.
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