Making the leap from chef to business owner with help from the SBDC
Tyler Huston worked at Ogawa’s Wicked Sushi, Burgers And Bowls for five years before he and his parents purchased the Ontario restaurant in 2015.
Previous owner Tommy Ogawa had mentored Tyler in high school. After graduating, Tyler attended Western Culinary School in Portland before returning to Ontario, where Tommy hired him to be a sushi roller. Five years later, Tommy was ready to sell the restaurant on East Idaho Avenue and looked to Tyler and his parents, Connie and Tom.
Tommy referred the Hustons to SBDC, where an adviser helped them explore financing options. The Hustons have attended community trainings on various business topics to help them run the restaurant efficiently.
“They’ve provided ongoing guidance, which has been very valuable to us,” Connie Huston said.
SBDC also helped the restaurant owners write a business plan. In the future, the Hustons would like to expand Ogawa’s catering and possibly purchase a food trailer.
“I would utilize the SBDC for advice in any advancement we would make,” Connie said.
Ogawa’s menu features hamburgers, chicken burgers, steaks, sushi and rice bowls. The restaurant also has a full bar.