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How the LCC Small Business Development Center helped one local business

There are no limits as to who can become a great entrepreneur, and thanks to some local resources in Lane County, one woman found out some things to help her along the way.

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - There are no limits as to who can become a great entrepreneur, and thanks to some local resources in Lane County, one woman found out some things to help her along the way.

Jacqueline Johnson moved to Eugene eight years ago, and as a black woman, she says that the transition form South Carolina wasn't easy.

"It was so hard to adjust with just finding basic necessities as far as hair products, skin care, make-up and cosmetics," said Johnson.

She had 15 years of massage therapy experience, so she started to brainstorm around that. The solution was to start her own business, the J Spa.

The J Spa is a multi-ethnic beauty supplies store in Eugene that blends Johnson's expertise in massage therapy and aesthetics. However, it has had its challenges along the way.

One day, Johnson discovered the Small Business Development Center at Lane Community College and the fog began to clear.

"I found all of these other resources that I had no idea about, and I signed up for a class and it's been the best decision business wise that I've made," said Johnson.

The center offers a multitude of support services for small businesses.

"The SBDC is a little known secret in Lane County, and the services we provide really do provide the opportunity for small businesses to access things they couldn't necessarily afford, or in case of the secret, not even known," said Shara Tsceulin, the SBDC Director.

For Johnson, the secret is out and her transition to a successful business owner is in motion.

The J Spa, on Alexander Loop in Eugene, will celebrate its one-year anniversary next month, and the Small Business Development Center is open at LCC from Monday through Friday.

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