CCPL profiles Beth Tumas, founder of Aristos’ Harvest
Special to the Whig
When Beth Tumas walked into the Small Business Information Center at the Cecil County Public Library back in 2012, she came with a dream to create a small business that produced and sold natural honey and goat milk products locally, with fresh homemade ingredients.
At the time, Tumas didn’t own a single bee or goat, but she had a vision and a passion. She just needed a plan of action.
Fast forward to today, and Beth operates her small business, Aristos’ Harvest, along with numerous colonies of bees, a herd of alpine goats and other animals (she has recently expanded her business to a new farm). She sells honey, soaps, lip balms and hand salve at stores like Pickled Pick- les in Oxford, Penn., and Rooted in New London, Penn. Her mission statement for Aristos’ Harvest is that it will be “a working farm that balances our animals, ourselves and the environment through education, business and environmental stewardship.”
Tumas credits some of her business success to the help she received at the Cecil County Public Library’s Small Business Information Center (SBIC). There she met with the Small Business Librarian one-on-one and learned the process of starting a business and how to map out her goals in a business plan.
Tumas is especially grateful for the free online Gale courses the library offers. She took a free course titled, “Start Your Own Business,” and learned about the different legal business structures and the tax implications of each form. She credits the course for giving her a firm foundation to make smart decisions in the early stages of her business.
Tumas also credits the knowledge she gained at the free programs offered by the SBIC at the library with her success.
“The free QuickBooks classes taught at the library really tasked me with organizing my business,” Tumas said. “I realized the importance of keeping track of inventory and now, at any point, I can know if I am making or losing money. I am so grateful I learned this in the early stages of my business.”
At another program Tumas attended — “From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur: Building an Online Business,” presented by local business owner and artisan Sara Renzulli — she learned the adage, “Don’t be afraid to promote yourself.” Tumas said that really stuck with her and has given her the courage needed to self-promote her business, something she was not initially comfortable with.
If you are interested in learning more about the Small Business Information Center, which provides free assistance and resources to any aspiring or established entrepreneur, email sbic@ ccplnet.org or use the contact information at the end of this article. For more information on the free Gale Courses, visit cecil. ebranch.info/digital-library/galeonline-courses/.
Or, if you are interested in learning more about Aristos’ Harvest, visit Tumas’s website at aristosharvest.com, email her at email@example.com and be sure to like her on Facebook. Tumas will be at Pickled Pickles on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. to meet customers and to create a bees’ wax craft for those interested.
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