SCOREing a Creative Touch
Help out there for small businesses

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

April 1, 2015

From left, Ben Brixius, Cody Jerzy and Bill Bunton of West Bend stand next to the Creative Touch Landscape trailer March 18 in Kewaskum.
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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 Kewaskum.

“All issues business owners face we can provide a solution,” Fremder said.

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. 
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“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 landscape.

“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. scoresewisconsin.org.