By Rieva Lesonsky

Are you watching SPIKE TV’s new show, Bar Rescue? I hope so, because this reality series—in which restaurant turnaround expert Jon Taffer helps revitalize a struggling bar or nightclub every week—is gripping viewing for any entrepreneur. (Read my posts about the show on my SmallBizTrendCast site, and catch it Sunday nights at 10 p.m.ET/PT.)

Now, SCORE and SPIKE TV have partnered to create a customized toolkit to help small business owners launch and grow their own bar or restaurant.  “It is our hope that viewers of this show will reach out to use SCORE’s free resources and mentoring capabilities,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.

“Given our challenging economic climate, the small business owner needs to fight even harder,” said Todd Ames, Vice President, Marketing, for Spike TV. “It’s survival of the fittest, which is why we’ve [partnered with SCORE to] create a free toolkit designed to give entrepreneurs an edge to not only stay alive, but thrive during these recessionary times.”

If you own a bar or restaurant—or dream about starting one—check out the SPIKE TV/SCORE “Toolbox for Success” to find templates, trends, articles and workshops to help you. You can also access free, confidential mentoring by the industry experts at SCORE. Find the toolbox atSCORE’s website or SPIKE TV’s website.