In 2016, Peter Brown approached our CSU Small Business Development Center with a business plan in hand and a vision for his future. Peter, a former teacher, had a wholesale coffee business, Six Shooter Coffee and wanted to pursue expanding his business by opening up a coffee shop in the Waterloo Arts District of Cleveland. With a lot of focus and attention, our business advisors were able to help him create financial projections and a final, bank-worthy business plan.
On March 4, 2016 Peter opened his first location on Waterloo Road in the Arts District of Cleveland's Collinwood Neighborhood. Since then, he has added a second location, a Roast Bar in the Flats West Bank, continued to expand his wholesale business and was been named to the Crain's Cleveland Business 20 in their 20s List in 2017. Peter also created a cold brew product now offered in several retail locations including Target Stores.
On May 4, 2018 the Small Business Administration, in partnership with our CSU Small Business Development Center awarded him as the Outstanding Client of the year award. We are very proud of Peter and his hard work as a small business owner!