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Business Profile: Sportland Tea Company

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 11, 2015


The PCC Small Business Development Center is proud of the great work all of their clients are accomplishing in their businesses. Our Business Profile feature series highlights businesses at all stages of development and success. 

Business: Sportland Tea Company

Owner: Brandon Schoessler

Start Date: July, 2014

Website: sportlandtea.com

Tell us about your business.
Sportland Tea Co. Tea blends designed for athletic people.

What inspired you to start your business?
I needed something to get me past some running distance hurdles (no pun intended), and doing research led me to green tea. It works! From there I started making blends for myself and friends, it grew organically from there.

Before coming to the SBDC, what were you struggling with in your business?
I know design, I know flavors, and I know marketing. I don't know 'business' as it relates to selling a product rather than a service. SBDC helped me with that.

What types of services did you receive and/or in which programs did you participate?
I took the Getting Your Recipe to Market class.

How did the services or programs help you overcome your challenges? 
Gave me the information and support I needed.

What have you done differently in your business since working with the SBDC?
Worked smarter, not harder.

How is your business doing now?
Building steadily. 

What would you say to other small business owners thinking of working with the SBDC?
It is a beneficial resource.

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The Oregon Small Business Development Center Portland Community College has  helped thousands of businesses over the past 30 years. We combine one-on-one  advising with programs taught by business experts, giving our clients the  resources they need to grow their businesses. We’ve celebrated many successes  with our clients. We'd love to celebrate your success. 

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