U.S. Sat Com

Technology improves communications on the south coast

Scott Traylor, owner of North Bend’s US Sat Com, went to the SBDC in the 1980s after launching his first business installing satellite dishes.

“I’ve really just stuck with them over the years,” Scott said.

A little before 2000, Scott sold the satellite installing business and started building commercial satellites. Sat Com provides trailer-mounted satellite systems for first responders, telemedicine units and others operating in remote locations where internet connection is not available or unreliable. Scott and his three employees build the units in Oregon and ship them to their destinations.

SBDC helped Scott learn QuickBooks, establish better customer service and taught him how to hire employees, he said.

“They understood business,” he said. “It wasn’t just a college class. They had the business twist.”

SBDC also connected Scott with Opportunity Knocks, a peer mentoring group for entrepreneurs in Coos Bay.

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Crabby Cakes Bakery

Business planning is the key to success for local bakery

Lisa Peckham, owner of Crabby Cakes Bakery in Coos Bay, had been the pastry chef at the Mill Casino in North Bend for 10 years when she decided to start her own business.

In 2013, Lisa took the SBDC’s Starting Your Own Business class before opening her bakery on Cape Arago Highway. She named her bakery for the fisherman in her family.

“A business plan can be really overwhelming, so (the SBDC) helped a lot,” Lisa said. “There’s a lot of information they give you in that class to get you going and in the right direction.”

Lisa makes everything by scratch. She bakes pastries, sourdough breads, made-to-order cakes and sourdough doughnuts.

“I would recommend to anybody starting a business to take a class,” Lisa said. “It’s very affordable and it’s worth it.”

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Bayside Coffee

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.

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Stillwagon Distillery

Having the right business plan makes all the difference

Richard Stillwagon, the owner and creator of Stillwagon Distillery in Charleston, first tried to make a business farming koi fish.

While struggling to find the right filtration system for the fish, Richard started researching distillation methods to purify the water for his fish. Having discovered the distillery business could be more profitable, he applied for a distillery permit, abandoning the fish business.

Now, Richard’s distillery has tasting rooms in Charleston and Bandon. He produces rum, vodka and whiskey, which he makes in small batches and infuses with fresh ingredients, like pineapple, coconut and vanilla beans.

In 2013, the SBDC helped Richard write a business plan and suggested he enter the 2013 Bay Area Business Challenge. He won the contest and was awarded a grant for his business. With the help of SBDC, Richard also won a $50,000 loan from the CCD Business Development Corporation.

Richard is working to make his distilling process more sustainable. His goal: to recycle all wastewater onsite and mitigate carbon dioxide and organic solid waste.

“I believe through the help of the SBDC we will eventually find the collaboration and funding we need to complete this system and meet our sustainability goals,” he said.

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