Meet Matt Stone

West River Business Service Center’s newest business consultant is Matt Stone. Matt works for WRBSC’s Small Business Development Center. A hiking, climbing, hunting, kayaking and all-around outdoor enthusiast, Matt is excited to have recently relocated with his wife to the Black Hills from Yankton. In his capacity as a business consultant, Matt advises people who are interested in starting their own businesses. He guides entrepreneurs in the steps needed for developing a business plan, as well as helping them develop projections for obtaining a loan. “I enjoy helping people who are first getting started or improving an existing business.”

Matt himself owned several small businesses previously and draws on this personal experience when working with clients: “I understand the enthusiasm of starting small and growing it and learning from that, whether it’s a success or failure. I get the challenges they’ll face.”

Matt also draws on his education in finance and accounting and his background in this field: “For sixteen years, I owned a financial management business. I’ve always enjoyed helping people—helping them preserve or improve where they’re at. Whether it’s the wealth management or mergers and acquisitions, it’s helping people and building free enterprise. That’s part of the fun in our system—an idea, however weird it might be, can be turned into a business.”

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