What do you like about doing business in Ohio? We have found Ohio to be a wonderful place to start and run a business. There are so many people available to help and encourage small business within this great state. The Ohio State South Centers in Piketon, Ohio is one of many resources available to small business. The blend of rural and urban areas gives businesses both quality of life and opportunity for growth.
Description of business: When her oldest child left for college and her youngest child left for kindergarten, Lorraine Walker, owner of Silver Bridge Coffee Company realized that she needed a job. She took the unique opportunity to take her love of coffee and create a business. Lorraine spent about a year training with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, writing a business plan, and converting what had been her laundry room into a USDA approved facility. She began roasting in August of 2008.
Her commitment to quality and freshness make her coffee unique in the specialty coffee industry. Each bag has a date for when the coffee was roasted. Silver Bridge Coffee supplies coffee to coffee shops, fine restaurants and grocery stores. In addition to a thriving online business, Silver Bridge Coffee can be found in some Whole Foods Markets, selected regional Kroger stores, The Hills markets, restaurants and coffee shops all over southeastern Ohio. Silver Bridge Coffee specializes in Fair Trade, organic coffees and several years ago began to participate in the Cafe Femenino Project. This project imports coffee from woman-owned coffee farms in the country of origin. As part of the program, 5% of the profits are returned to women's shelters right here in the state of Ohio. This truly is great coffee doing great things.
In 2010 Silver Bridge Coffee Company bought land in the Dan Evans Industrial Park , built a new facility and began providing jobs in Gallia County. Silver Bridge Coffee continues to grow and expand. Silver Bridge Coffee takes the coffee business very seriously and looks forward to caffeinating Ohio in the years to come.