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.