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Company: Summit Wood Creations
Owner: Reyna Badillo
Start Date: 2001
Address: 1431 Se Tacoma St Portland, OR 97202
Tell us about your business.
We design and manufacture custom Heirloom Furniture. My mission is to create memories that will last generations to generations
What inspired you to start your business?
Furniture has a special place in my heart. When I was a little girl, my grandmother bestowed upon me a handmade dresser with a mirror which belonged to her mother. It was a piece of furniture that had been with my family for four generations. It was a priceless gift and I loved it. Each morning before school, I would climb up onto the seat and prepare for each day, my mother sitting by my side. In front of that mirror, sitting at that dresser, I became a young woman.
I build my custom furniture because of my experiences seated at that dresser. If I can provide the vessels through which my clients’ own special memories might be made, I have truly discovered my purpose.
Before coming to the SBDC, what were you struggling with in your business?
Before coming to the SBDC my business didn't have structure or niche. Can you imagine a business with no identity and boundaries?
What types of services did you receive and/or in which programs did you participate?
SBM1 (Small Business Management), Retail, and SBM2
How did the services or programs help you overcome your challenges?
Having a structure and niche is very productive. My business is growing and expanding because my mission is clear.
What have you done differently in your business since working with the SBDC?
I feel like I had to start again. I renamed my business and revamped my website, branding and services. I also have a new, unique business plan.
How is your business doing now?
My business is growing and has expanded 30%.
What would you say to other small business owners thinking of working with the SBDC?
I would recommend this program to all businesses that want to grow and do business right.