Conewango Kayak and Canoe, LLC

Published: 06-Nov-2014

Mr. Thomas Osborne

Conewango Kayak and Canoe (CKC), LLC

9582 Market Street Extension
Russell, PA 16345

Warren County



Year Founded:

Consultant's Name:
Howard Fyock

SBDC Assistance:
Start-up Guidance, Business Plan, Marketing, Mentoring, Networking, Materials, etc.

Additional Partners:
Jamestown Business College (JBC), Warren County School District (WCSD), Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Council on Tourism

Gannon University SBDC Jeff Corcoran, Director
120 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-871-7232

It’s been said many times, when you love what you do, it’s never work. However, most folks cannot bridge the love for what they do to “work” or providing an income and sustainable living.

Tom Osborne from Russell, Pennsylvania, owner of Conewango Kayak and Canoe, is one of the few, whereas he definitely loves what he’s doing and the income or in this case, profitability of his canoe livery in Warren County, continues to GROW!

In 2009, before Tom first started his new business venture, he visited the Gannon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Warren and spoke with consultant Howard Fyock. As is Tom’s nature, he walked through the door much more prepared than most. He had written a formal business plan and had recently received a degree in Business Management from Jamestown Business College.

After several discussions on the feasibility of the canoe livery, location and start-up capital, Howard simply asked Tom, “What are you waiting for?” Fast forward to 2011, Tom continues to work hard and love every minute of it! And his hard work continues to bring him financial success through business growth and accolades throughout the area for his efforts to be the premier steward of the Conewango Creek through his Conewango Creek Cleanup efforts and programs. The financial success; 26% growth in sales for 2011 over 2010. Additional equipment purchases; canoes, kayaks, paddles, etc. Considering the purchase of large capacity pontoon boats. Local accolades; Continued efforts in clean-up programs have provided newspaper coverage, recognition through local organizations (awards), leadership in Conewango Creek Watershed Association, etc. Never content to rest on his laurels, Tom has purchased adjacent property to his livery and is developing a primitive campground. Always listening to his customers, developing the campground will build his business and help the local tourism growth. If that isn’t enough, during a recent conversation, Tom expressed interest in purchasing a canoe livery out west. He has even traveled west to take a look! Wow! Tom continues to set the bar high! When asked, “What could possibly be next?” Tom responded, “The sky’s the limit. Or should I say, wherever the current takes me!”