Before you contact me, you should have a basic business plan that includes information like this:
You should have an idea of the market for your product or services (who, where, how).
You should have some idea of pricing and projected revenue.
You should have an idea of what the costs will be to open the door.
How much of your money you have available to invest and how much you may need to borrow.
You should also know how much money you will need to live on before your business becomes profitable.
You can add this information for a 1-2 paragraph "elevator pitch," and it will be helpful to send it to your SCORE mentor, too.
One website describes an elevator pitch as "...a short, pre-prepared speech that explains what your organization does, clearly and succinctly."
Another website (Wikipedia) says "...a short description of an idea, product, company, or oneself that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. This description typically explains who the product/company is for, what it does, why it is needed, and how it will get done." (Google it.)
I (and any other SCORE Counselor) can and will direct you to resources that will assist you in developing a business plan that will put the pieces together before you open the door. Through your Counselor, you have access to the experience and expertise of all members of the Chapter.
I (and any other SCORE Counselor) will remain available to you for as long as you need support.