In just two short years, Salt City Coffee in Syracuse has gone from a dream to a successful small business thanks to some free help for budding entrepreneurs.
Owners Aaron and Maria Metthe reached out to the U.S. Small Business Administration to get started.
They utilized SBA’s Small Business Development Center located at Onondaga Community College for much of the guidance they needed.
It had long been a hobby of Aaron’s to find the right coffee beans, roast and grind them to make the perfect cup of coffee.
Admittedly, the couple knew nothing about starting or running a business.
“Did not know what QuickBooks was. I did not know business insurance was a thing,” Aaron tells NewsChannel 9.
“The money has to work right, like, if you don’t have the money in the bank you can’t do it, and pricing products, you have to make a profit,” adds Maria.
B.J. Paprocki is the Syracuse Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“If you’re just thinking about starting a business or you have a business and you could use a little help I would highly recommend you contact our Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College,” he says.
Center Director Joan Powers says, “Our fast track class is just a 3-day class so that’s up and over quickly but our one-on-one counseling we work at the client’s own pace.”
The SBDC helped the Metthe’s with things like making a business plan, coming up with financial projections, even help picking a location.
Where the coffee shop would be located was critical for them and that’s why they ended up at 509 West Onondaga Street in Syracuse.
Aaron explains, “We found this one and thought it was perfect. It’s abutted between three different parts of the city, you’ve got the south side, the west side, Near Westside and very close to downtown.”
“We feel like coffee is a bigger reason then just oh, let’s open up a business,” Maria tells NewsChannel 9.
Aaron adds, “Two years later and we are hearing people say Salt City Coffee is our coffee shop.”