Finding Success in the Transition from Employee to Owner
By Dena Beck on Novtp://wwember 5, 2013 – 12:34pm
Second Harvest Curriculum (SHC) was created as an internet business in 1993 by a homeschool family to help families save money on homeschool curriculum. The business buys and sells used home school books all over the US and internationally, including Japan, Australia, Canada, and to APOs.
Lory Power has worked for some form of Homeschool Curriculum since 2003. She began as an assistant to a Math U See curriculum representative. Next she joined Second Harvest Curriculum as an office manager. In January 2012, Lory became the overall manager, and in January 2013 she purchased the business.
photo of Lory Power, owner of Second Harvest CurriculumAs a new business owner, Lory came to REAP for assistance with a business plan, bookkeeping, and possible financing. She worked with Dena Beck during satellite office hours in McCook, NE. Lory’s completed business plan and experience in the business made her eligible for bank financing.
Lory wasted no time expanding her business’s digital presence. SHC is on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and has added a blog to their updated website. Lory uses Google Analytics to see where, when, and how her customers are coming to the business. She relies on seasonal part-time help in the busy summer months.
Early on Lory took advantage of REAP’s know-how in one-on-one bookkeeping assistance. We referred her to Connie Harvey, owner of Efficiency Counts. Lory says, “I want to say a HUGE thank you for putting me in touch with Connie. I have learned so much, and she is a very good teacher. I do appreciate all you do.” She has also attended other Women’s Business Center trainings since taking over her business.
This veteran homeschool Mom says her greatest reward is talking to homeschool moms. Lory says, “Whether they are new or veteran homeschoolers, I always learn something.” Second Harvest Curriculum is determined to help homeschoolers make informed decisions as to what they are purchasing. They will continue to offer quality educational materials at prices that save the homeschool family money for as long as needed.
Lory’s business was featured this spring in Washington DC during the national Friends of the SBA event!
Lory Power, Second Harvest Curriculum
McCook, NE, 877.923.1682
*Find their Facebook link at the bottom of the home page.