From left, Ben Brixius, Cody
Jerzy and Bill Bunton of West Bend stand next to the
Creative Touch Landscape trailer March 18 in Kewaskum.
John Ehlke/Daily News
KEWASKUM — When
William Bunton, owner of Creative Touch Landscape Services,
needed help marketing his business, he turned to SCORE, the
nonprofit arm of the Small Business Administration.
SCORE — Service Corps of Retired Executives — offers free advice
for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Robert Fremder, Bunton’s SCORE mentor, has a background in
finance and marketing. He spent most of his working life at
Montgomery Ward’s home office in Chicago. After Montgomery Ward
closed, Fremder had a consulting and tax planning firm in
“All issues business owners face we can provide a solution,”
Through SCORE, Bunton was able to learn how to create a business
plan through classes at the Brookfield campus of Ottawa
University, a private, nonprofit, faith-based liberal arts
college based in Ottawa, Kansas.
“After being in business for five years, it’s so important to
have a plan moving forward and grow in Washington County,”
Bunton said. “I felt like the passion for what I liked to do
wasn’t complete until I had a plan moving forward.”
“It’s great to have those resources in the community,” he added.
“It will help Washington County continue to grow. Small
businesses drive the economy.”
Creative Touch Landscape Services offers landscaping services
through organic practices.
The logo for Creative Touch
Landscape on the back of their trailer seen Wednesday
afternoon in Kewaskum.
John Ehlke/Daily News
“I feel that we
should work with nature and not against it,” Bunton
said. “If we use organic products and renewable
resources, the whole community is going to benefit.”
During the winter, Creative Touch plows snow and does
holiday pine arrangements, dormant pruning, handyman
services and plant winterizing.
Bunton’s crew includes Cody Jerzy and Ben Brixiu.
Jerzy said he started off as labor, but enjoyed the
creativity and working outside.
“I built a passion for it,” Jerzy said.
Bunton said when people sell a house they’ll spend time
fixing the inside, but the first impression is the
“It will draw people in,” Bunton said. “Just doing
something simple helps sell your home.”
There are 70 SCORE mentors in southeast Wisconsin and
two in West Bend. To learn more about SCORE, call
414-297-3942 or visit www.