Grant is excited about a busy and successful first year of business, he plans to continue to work with SBDC to grow his business. His next steps include purchasing a vinyl cutter to design and create custom stickers.
After nearly 20 years of working in the photography, print, and design field Grant Barta knew it was time to start his own business.
But the idea of creating a business plan, managing finances, and applying for a loan seemed daunting and out of his reach. That is when he decided to Google ‘business help’ and found the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The staff at Sierra SBDC set up Grant to meet with a consultant, Dave McDougall, who specializes in finance and accounting.
Grant and Dave worked together to manage financial statements and cash flow, create a realistic business plan, and set next steps and goals to keep them on track. Grant feels Dave was particularly helpful because he had the experience of owning and operating his own business. Dave was always available and willing to give Grant advise between counseling sessions. Together they worked on a loan application, which was approved, and helped open the doors to Tahoe Print Shop in 2013.
A year into business, Grant and Dave still talk on a monthly basis to keep paperwork and finances up to date. Currently Dave is helping Grant become more comfortable using Quickbooks, as well as how to increase customer base in the second year of operating.
Tahoe Print Shop specializes in large and small format printing: from business cards, real estate signs, building plans to canvas block prints. Grant, along with his biggest and best helper- Lola, his 7 year old daughter, can meet all your printing needs. Tahoe Print Shop shares work space and collaborates on fine arts projects with Alpine Mountain Systems.