Augusta County celebrates Small Business Week

Published: May. 2, 2017 at 11:39 PM EDT
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Derick Coffey and his wife own Perk Place Coffee in Fishersville. They're one of the many new small businesses thriving throughout Augusta County.

"It's been phenomenal," said Coffey. "We've been searching for words to kind of describe the success we've had thus far and it's been phenomenal."

Coffey said he and his wife grew up in Augusta County and wanted to give back to the community while owning their own business. One that continues to grow.

"We don't want this to be the only one," Coffey said. "If business dictates, we'll keep expanding as far as we can go."

Courtney Thompson with the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce said the small business help keep things going.

"Their passion, their enthusiasm is really exciting and they just really want to pour back into the community and we love it," said Thompson.

Coffeyy and his wife opened their coffee shop back in March and by the 50th day, they sold 10,000 cups.

"We can't express how thankful we are for the amount of support we've received. I mean the local community has been unbelievable," said Coffey. "You know they say it takes a village to raise a child. Well I think the same saying is true for a business."

While Coffey and his wife continue to hope for success in the future, they're always encouraging others to do the same.

"You can't see your full potential until you get uncomfortable and that's what we did and it's amazing, absolutely amazing," said Coffey.

According the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small businesses create more than half of American economic output and employ 47 percent of employees in the private sector.

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