One of the keys to starting a successful new business is locating it within a large enough community to provide steady consumers. Don and Pamela Gambocarto, owners of the new Yoncalla Bakery, found that the tiny community of Yoncalla was just big enough to support their thriving bakery business.
Don runs the business and technical aspect of the bakery, while his wife Pamela, bakes all of the pastries and bread.
Don discussed the struggles of running a business with such a small population. He faces a lack of customers sometimes. And, supplies can be difficult to get since there are no local suppliers.
Pre-planning, along with the lack of overhead, however, has led to the small business’s success. The Gambocarto's don't have to pay rent as the building was inherited from Pamela's grandfather.
The whole business is run entirely by just Don and Pamela. Money is saved because of this, but things do get busy.
Pamela has to get up at 4 am to begin baking the goods. Then Don comes in at 10 to take the next shift. He later cleans up shop, and works on the accounts for the business.
The inspiration for the business came after Pamela worked at another bakery with poor management. Because of the poor management, she decided to start her business.
"I have been making cakes and baking for other companies for 17 years. I wanted to open my own shop, so I did," Pamela Gambocarto said.