When you state that you'd like to start up your own long-distance telephone call service, are you more interested in a "per-call" service, or a "pre-paid" service? The difference between the two can help us, or one of our members, answer your questions more fully,.
In order to secure funding for your start-up you will need a good business plan. You're correct that the best way to help craft that business plan would be to secure the advice of a good telecommunications expert. You state that you have not been able to find one locally, but do not provide your locality. Have you inquired with local universities? Additionally, do not limit yourself to just local experts. You might be able to find a consultant online as well.
Once you have a business plan and funding all set, you will need to chose the right software., You can create a client software solution or you can utilize some of the existing programs available. Finally, you will most likely need to select af network carrier where you can buy airtime calls in bulk, as bulk rates will definitely be cheaper than pay-per-call rates.
I hope you have found some of this information helpful. Once you clarify a bit, I'm sure that some of our helpful members here will be able to provide more specific direction to you.