Success: Passion House Coffee Roasters

Joshua Millman got his start in the coffee business at age 16 as a barista and worked his way up the ladder at a major coffee company. But he dreamed of starting his own coffee roasting business, and the DumanEmployment Center at JVS Career & Employment helped turn his dream into a reality.

“I knew I wanted to start my own company,” Joshua said, “but I wasn’t clear on how to do it.”

Joshua had an idea and a lot of passion, but not the business expertise to make it happen. He shared his vision for the company with a Business Analyst and Instructor at Duman Employment Center, who helped him write and polish his business plan, develop cash flow projections, and create a profit and loss statement and balance sheet. “The support from Duman Employment Center was amazing,” he said. “They helped me put together the presentation, guided me, and asked the right questions.”

His hard work, and the collaboration with the Duman Employment Center paid off when he was approved for a startup loan from JVS Career & Employment. “Getting access to capital helped me achieve a life goal,” Joshua said. With the loan he purchased equipment and rented space. Within weeks Passion House Coffee Roaster was open for business; his first order arrived the day his daughter was born.

“I left the hospital, and packed  and delivered that order,” Joshua said. “Then I headed back to hold my daughter.”

Passion House was founded by Joshua Millman in 2011. Now Passion House Coffee Roasters has opened its first retail coffee shop location in Logan Square at 2631 N. Kedzie Ave. Millman chose Logan Square for his first coffee shop because of the neighborhood's "rich history."

"In Logan Square, the strong neighborly connection is evident all around — from active preservation groups to community gardens and a locally-run farmers market. It is a community that embodies the laid back coffee shop culture and facilitates what we call 'relationship coffee.”

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