Gunnison River Fly Shop

A business runs through Gunnison

300 N. Main St. Gunnison, CO 81230

970-641-2930 | Visit Website

With a gleaming smile and some help from the Colorado SBDC, Oscar Marks has created a successful business in Gunnison that’s all about fishing. The Gunnison River Fly Shop opened in February. "We are doing very well, and in the midst of this economy I am very pleased!" The shop is outfitted with every type of fishing gear imaginable and offers guided float and wading trips. Oscar will also plan a custom fishing itinerary for those seeking an all-inclusive adventure. "We do whatever the customer needs."

Coming from a retail background, Oscar combined his business experience and positive outlook to create his own company. Starting a business is a big step and requires lots of planning and technical knowledge. Oscar used the free counseling services from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), based at Western State College, to help him succeed. The SBDC helps small businesses open, grow, and thrive using a variety of professional counselors specializing in accounting, marketing, law, finance, management, and sales.

"I worked with my counselor to get help with my marketing plan which meant a lot."
Oscar Marks

Oscar has a strong sales and marketing background but still found the SBDC to be very helpful in launching his business and helping it continue to growth."When you have your own business it is so important to have more than just your own perspective. The SBDC helped me see more clearly and my business is better for it."

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