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: