Charles Bergson came to the Capital Region Small Business Development Center in August of 2014 looking to write a business plan and obtain a Small Business Loan to open a coffee shop in the Oak Park Community. Charles has been an active in the Oak Park community for several years and was passionate about bringing a relaxing coffee shop to the neighborhood. He opened Broadway Coffee in July 2015, located at 32nd and Broadway.
Charles owned a beautiful building on Broadway that needed a little bit of TLC. He worked with Panda, the Capital Region SBDC’s Small Business loan advisor on his financials, business plan, loan application and startup assistance. By September 2014 Charles injected over $120,000.00 of his own money into the revamping of the building and was ready to open his coffee shop. Charles hired 8 full time and 1-part time employee’s. His business has grown consistently and his sales have been above projections as a startup business. Broadway Coffee has made it through the first year with an average monthly growth rate of near 4%.
Charles continues to work with Panda at the Capital Region SBDC for business and marketing advice and to continue his business growth and potential.