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Client Success Story: Hand Made Home

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 15, 2021

In February 2020 Jeff Inskeep started Hand Made Home. Hand Made Home remodels classic Portland homes with an eye toward historical details. His goal is to make homes more practical for the way we live today, but look like the new work could be original to the home.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Client Success Story: Department Of Work

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 27, 2021

In January 2019 Julie Wilson launched her dream business -- Department of Work. She rescues vintage and contemporary, unloved, cast iron cookware. She then cleans it up and re-seasons it so it can get back to work. She also offers restoration services for those cherished family heirlooms. This is their story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Encore Entrepreneurship

Client Success Story: Aluma Aesthetic Medicine

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on April 21, 2021

Aimee and Nathaniel Brigham own Aluma Aesthetic Medicine in NE Portland -- a physician-owned aesthetic medicine practice specializing in FDA-approved prescription injectables to smooth wrinkles, volumize depleted facial areas, enhance features, and smooth skin texture. Aimee attended the PCC SBDC Business Builders program in the fall of 2019. She believes that the program has helped their business thrive, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is their story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Getting Your Recipe to Market Client Success Story: Tân Tân Foods

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 11, 2021

 

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Lisa Tran and her family have been in the restaurant business for at least 3 generations. When she

became a mother to twins a few years ago she realized she was going to have to do things differently. That's when she found the Small Business Development Center's "Getting Your Recipe to Market" program and began bottling the family sauces. This is her story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Food, Getting Your Recipe to Market, #restaurant

Client Success Story: Migration Brewing

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 01, 2021

In the fall of 2008 McKean Banzer-Lausberg and three friends sat down for a beer together one afternoon and talked about their shared passion for craft beer, community, meaningful relationships, and their vision of the future. Out of that meeting came the idea and a plan that would change their lives forever -- Migration Brewing. This is their story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Food, #restaurant

Client Success Story: Robyn's Craft Bakehouse

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 25, 2021

Inspired by her grandmother Dorothy, Robyn Galbos believes that food has role as a medium beyond basic nourishment. Food can tell a story of a culture, a time, a place, an experience, and even an ethos. While starting Robyn's Craft Bakehouse, making and selling whole grain crackers and crisps, Robyn attended the Getting Your Recipe to Market program at the PCC Small Business Development Center. This is her story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Food, Getting Your Recipe to Market

Catalyst Trade Coffee: A Small Business Success Story

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 22, 2020

Catalyst Trade believes that "coffee is a sacrament" inviting us to grab a cup and join them as they revolutionize the way coffee is traded. Co-owner Emily McIntyre was looking for help growing her international business when she found the Oregon SBDC Network Global Trade Center and participated in the Global Trade Management program in the spring of 2020. Faced with the challenges of building a business across multiple continents and cultures, and compounded by a global pandemic, Emily was inspired by the class sessions on cultural competency taught by David Kohl. This is her story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Global Trade, International trade, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

Grummel Engineering: A Small Business Success Story

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 28, 2020

Eric Pfau came to the PCC Small Business Development Center to learn how the business might improve based upon best practices of other businesses of similar size and experience. Then COVID-19 pandemic hit and Grummel Engineering, like so many other small businesses, had to change the way they worked with clients and with each other. Eric's goal is for the business to come out of the pandemic stronger than going in. This is the story of how Eric and Grummel Engineering is adapting to their "new normal" as they prepare for long term growth.  

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

Zeitzwolfe Accounting: A Small Business Success Story

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on September 29, 2020

Heather Zeitzwolfe participated in both the SBDC Business Design Series and Small Business Builders programs while starting her accounting business. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing her to rethink her business model. Thanks to the assistance she got from these programs and the Advisers at the PCC SBDC, Heather has been able to continue moving towards her dream of being an entrepreneur. This is her story. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

Starting a Business During a Global Pandemic: The GDM Success Story

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 31, 2020

Jaime Johnston has found herself in a challenging situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was just getting ready to start her GDM Co. beard oil business when things began to shut down. Her start up marketing plan was supposed to have her travel around the state to small retailers, but the Governor's "stay at home" orders made that plan impossible. With the help of the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center she was able to adjust her plans and start her business on a solid foundation. GDM officially launched sales in the middle of August 2020. This is their story. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, coronavirus, Covid-19, Resilience

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