With all the doom and gloom around us we sometimes forget there are rays of sunshine. One such bright spot is the Small Business Management Program for Douglas County, which is part of the Umpqua Community College Small Business Development Center.

Diane Mahoney, a small business owner herself, has been an instructor in the program for four years. Diane says it has been growing in enrollment consistently each year since 2016, due to customization curriculum.

Here is what Diane said:

“The program is a unique combination of classroom learning, one-to-one coaching from an adviser and business networking with one goal: ‘making a business and its owners more successful.’

We had nine sessions, and subjects included tools for success, marketing, peer networking, financial analysis, understanding and applying margin ratios and most importantly how to plan for a crisis.

The bigger story, however, is what each of the 20 enrolled businesses had to endure over these past several months. Each had to pivot to figure out how to stay open and/or meet the needs of their customers and employees. Our program instruction had to adapt not only to an online instruction but in some cases do an immediate triage assessment. I worked with each business to meet their needs for funding. In some cases, it was creating an instant roadmap for how they were going to revamp their essential business and accommodate the immediate customer needs during a pandemic. I also created several classes to keep the businesses up to date on topics such as: Branding during a Crisis, Recovery Pivot Plans for Your Business, and much more.”

The program is having a virtual graduation ceremony on Monday. Here is a list of all the business owners who will be celebrating, and their businesses.

  • C.A. Mesa Plumbing, Inc.: Chris and Rebecca Mesa. Located is Roseburg, the company performs all aspects of the plumbing trade.
  • Hair Garage: Misty Ross. Hair Garage has been in business since 2006. Their mission is to provide a fun, comfortable environment and strive to provide excellent service and skills.
  • The Happy Donut:

Susan and Harry Harris. The business started in January 2007 and was purchased in January 2018 by Susan and Harry Harris. They have been named in the 100 Best fan-favorite destinations in Oregon for three years in a row.

  • K9 Crack: Georgie Puman-Olzaski. Has been making dog treats since 2007, originally under the name Hawaii Doggy Style, until 2014 when they rebranded to K9 Crack. They specialize in single ingredient dog treats ideal as a training aid or for the most distracted pup.
  • Glow Skin Care: Shannon Anderson. Provides luxury holistic skincare treatments using whole plant products.
  • Body Essential Physical Therapy: Jennifer Hawks. Provides physical therapy and massage services.
  • Paramount Printing: Josh Simmonis. A family owned business that has just entered into its second generation of ownership. A one-stop shop for signs, screen printing, vinyl decals and embroidery.
  • Heal Terra: Elena and Rusty Lininger. Empowers veterans to reclaim their sense of purpose through outdoor activities and land stewardship. Produces worm scat.
  • Rogers Home Restoration: Tim and Leoni Rogers. Specializes in bathroom renovations, converted garages and complete kitchen remodels.
  • Swing from the Vines: Rudy and Dawn Luna. A premier bus service for people who are planning special events, or taking part in winery and pub tours.
  • Todd Specialties: Steven and Kemberly Todd. Service for the residential customer looking for help completing their home project needs.
  • Southern Oregon Bookkeeping: Melissa Tristany. An independent bookkeeping service.
  • Water Depot: Kregg and Jody Parenti. A family-owned business that delivers safe bulk potable water at an affordable price.
  • Oregon Serigraphics: Stephanie La Fleur. Designers and printers of branded apparel and custom decoration.
  • Roseburg Rental: Tim and Ryan Allen. Equipment rental.
  • Overhead Door: Jeff Wikstrom. In Roseburg for over 30 years. Specializes in residential garage doors and openers, service and repair.
  • H.I.S. Automotive:
  • Dave and Char Gibson. A family-owned auto repair and preventative maintenance shop.

  • BL Performance: Chris Langford. Vehicle maintenance including differential system repairs, 4WD system repairs and more.
  • Cornerston Foundation Systems: Norris Strauch and Norissa Ahlgren. Improve the quality of any manufactured homes that is put up, using precasted concrete wall panel that bolts tightly to the home and securely fastens to the footing.
  • Guardian Property Services: Craig and Jessica Schan. A Roseburg property management company in that focuses on downtown growth, development and enhancement of properties.
  • Salud!

    Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204.

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