Astoria Vintage Hardware

I walked in as an entrepreneur and walked out as a competent business woman

When Becky Johnson’s business, Astoria Vintage Hardware, started to grow without systems in place, she went to the SBDC.

“I was afraid the volume would overwhelm us,” Becky said. “I was flying by the seat of my pants.”

Becky enrolled in the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center’s Small Business Management Program.

“I walked in as an entrepreneur and walked out as a competent business woman,” she said.

She gained so much knowledge that she took the course a second time, with a slightly different focus.

“Every day, I see a difference in my business because of the program,” Becky said. “We thought we had a sustainable business, but without any reporting systems in place, we really didn’t know. Now, I can talk about my business on a completely different level.”

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Magyar Land Surveying LLC

Surveying Success with Help from the SBDC

Mike Magyar had been a professional land surveyor for 25 years when he decided to start his own business.

Having heard about the SBDC, the first thing he did was make an appointment with a business adviser.

“He said, ‘How far are you?’” Mike said. “I said, ‘How far am I with what?’ I basically hadn’t done any real analysis about starting my business at all.”

That was July 2016. By September, he was open for business in Astoria.

His adviser had assisted him in writing a business plan and acquiring a loan. Having vast experience and training in land surveying meant Mike understood the industry. But he didn’t know how to run a business.

“The SBDC helped me articulate my vision in very specific terms,” Mike said. “They set me up with a bank who was eager to lend to someone like me.”

Mike then purchased the measuring and computing equipment he needs to do his work and a truck to transport it to jobs.

“It’s been a staggering realization of just what it takes to run a business and be a professional in my industry,” Mike said.

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Healthy Hub Massage & Wellness

From Home Business to Healthcare Center, Small Business Management Program Helps Businesses Grow

When massage therapist Jenn Visser moved her business out of her sun room at home and into a building in Seaside in 2015, she had no idea she’d be creating a wellness community.

Now, Jenn works alongside three fellow massage therapists and a skin care specialist at Healthy Hub.

“I really wanted to build a community here where people want to grow with their wellness and health,” she said.

For help establishing her business, Jenn went to the SBDC and took the Small Business Management program. She enjoyed having the camaraderie of other business owners in the program. The SBDC helped her balance all the aspects of running a business, including social media, payment platforms and finances.

“All this stuff is really confusing so it was really great to have direction broken down into easy steps instead of feeling overwhelmed,” Jenn said said.

She met with an adviser who helped her stay on track and keep the momentum of her business going.

“It’s always nice to have a person to bounce ideas off of that has experience,” Jenn said.

Healthy Hub offers various massages, facials, cupping, craniosacral therapy and health coaching. Jenn also leads community programs like sugar detoxes.

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