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Free Advice Offered to Those Dreaming of Opening Small Business

If you've ever dreamed of opening up your own business, now might be the time. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

For a few hours this Thursday at the Library Center in Springfield, the public will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of starting a small business. The counseling is jointly provided by the Small Business Administration and SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Businesses.

One Ozarks man who recently opened a small business is Leon Fisher, co-owner of Bud and Walt's Pizza and Pasta House in Nixa, Missouri. Speaking to me in the kitchen of his 11-month old pizza parlor, Fisher said his dreams of owning his own business started early.

Instead, however, he became a missionary and lived in Russia for 12 years. When he came back to the United States, the opportunity arose to open the restaurant with a friend, so he gave it a shot. His advice to those thinking of opening your own business is: go for your dreams, but go into it prepared.

The small business counseling is available today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Library Center in Springfield. It is free and open to the public. For more information, you can click on the link from our website,

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.


  • SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business
  • US Small Business Administration