New Business Challenge grant winners excited to get started
Doug and Twila Veysey, owners of Bayside Coffee in Charleston, had been trying to find the perfect cup of coffee.
“We figured if we wanted a good cup of coffee why don’t we do it ourselves?” Doug said.
The duo went to the Small Business Development Center in North Bend for help getting started. They took all the beginning business classes and wrote a business plan. In 2015, they applied for the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce New Business Challenge grant and won.
“The (SBDC) classes were fabulous,” Doug said. “They really helped prepare you.”
The Veyseys had started roasting coffee out of a friend’s shop in Myrtle Point, but after winning the grant they started looking for their own location. They opened in August 2015.
Doug had taught high school business classes, so he knew what it would take to start a business. But the SBDC helped him and Twila find success. He and Twila continue to take SBDC classes, including a web class and tourism course.
“We’re trying to learn more and more about whatever it takes to be successful in business,” Doug said.