No...no reality check in particular, but rather perhaps a reminder that what you`re looking for is sort of par for the course with ANY entrepreneur.
Most people starting a business in the cottage industry sector, don`t have an MBA or a degree in some related area. They`ve worked for "the Man" for a long time and want out. They`ve maybe been a housewife, stay-at-home mom, or they`ve recently been let go, downsized, or retired.
All these people have a lot of skill in certain areas, with some expertise in a few specialized areas. And so they decide to go into business for themselves. They used to talk with people, back before Startup Nation came together with a consolidated resource center and community.
The first hurdle is when they discover, like yourself, that they`re no longer working for someone. They`re no longer an employee. There`s no enterprise structure anymore, with "experts" in departments who can take bits and pieces of an idea and work it through. Suddenly, they themselves are it---the entire ball of wax!
From what you`ve said earlier, and from what I`ve seen on SuN, together with our experiences with SCORE, I`d get a second opinion. Either talk with a different team at the same location, or try a different location in your area. I think you may have been given some misleading advice.
What we found is that SCORE, being made up of retired executives for large corporate businesses, also doesn`t think very much like a micro business. Many of the volunteers (not all) "grew up" in business before personal computers. They have a history of handing things off to Accounting, or Manufacturing, or Marketing.
I think you have to get some advice on a basic or general level, about how to turn a business plan into a living reality. One idea might be to call around to your local colleges, speak to some of the business professors, and ask if you might schedule some time with one of them. They could maybe do what it is you`re looking for.
You`re looking for a sort of mentor, not really a champion. It`s rather that you need some guidance from someone who`s experienced the day-to-day details of structuring a business, first at the startup level, then the daily operations phase.
But of all the things discussed here, I think the key is for you to take a long look at what it is you say you want, versus what it is you *really* want. Much of starting a business is the confusion, the mistakes, the uncertainty, and the anxiety of feeling that you`re in over your head. It`s the feeling you don`t know what you`re doing, and you`re flying by the seat of your pants.
The trick is to minimize your losses, calculate your risks, and "just do it" to the best of your abilities. It sounds as if you`re trying to reduce your risks as much as possible, but the way you`re trying to do it sort of hands over the entire business to someone else. See? :-)