SBDC client Chris Pero (perodesign) is a premier art sourcing studio with many options for your art needs. They offer a wide variety of options that include custom picture framing, 3 dimensional wall artwork, concept design, layouts, art procurement, project management, art installation, finishing (such as printing on surfaces such as acrylic, canvas, metal), and more. This is Chris' story.
Christi Dodge started her podcast and video production business to help other small businesses amplify their messaging. She is an expert at taking content and presenting it in a way that is informative, engaging and inspiring. Christi started her business in the spring of 2020 just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to impact businesses all across the country, and with the help of the PCC Small Business Development Center has been able to connect with resources in her community that have helped her start her business on a solid foundation. This is Christi's story.
With his personal experience creating videos over the years, Bryan Cargill understands the value and impact video can make for helping build a brand. In August of 2019 he started Tactus Media to help elevate brand awareness and quality of digital assets in the community for small and mid size businesses. This is his story.
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.
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.
It’s been one year since we highlighted Business Builders alumni Aluma Aesthetic Medicine, a Portland-based, physician-owned aesthetic medicine practice, and in that time they’ve seen exceptional growth worth celebrating! Co-owner Aimee Brigham shared some of their inspirational achievements saying, “We’ve doubled our revenue every month since January, last month 4,909 people viewed our website, and we’ve grown our Google Reviews to fifty-eight all five-stars reviews!” With the support of the PCC SBDC, Aimee and her partner Nate have done an incredible job working through some serious growth in a small amount of time. “I know 100% that we wouldn’t have seen this growth without my PCC SBDC advisors, because they’ve been with us every step of the way.”
After working through the Business Builders class and growth planning with the PCC SBDC team, Aluma Aesthetic Medicine decided to purchase a permanent place to call home and will be opening their new location this September! Aimee and Nate met with Bruce Melzer, an advisor with the Capital Access Team ("CAT team"), to help prepare for the financing process. Aimee notes that her work with Bruce is “really the only reason why we got financing.” With the CAT Team’s support, the Aluma owners worked through business planning documentation, sales forecasting, developing a fitting background statement and more. Aimee says that “When we made it to the table with the bank, we had everything in line and ready.” Due to the complexity of the deal, Aimee and Nate had time to revisit the information they learned during Business Builders to develop a marketing plan that would best prepare them for September’s grand opening.
As they await the opening, Aimee and Nate continue to serve their five-hundred+ clients while preparing for the operational changes that come with a growing team. Aimee is excited to take the PCC SBDC’s Small Business Management course to help Aluma work through new growth challenges and opportunities. Congratulations to Aimee and Nate Brigham and the whole Aluma Aesthetic Medicine team on your successes!
Read Aluma’s 2021 success story below to learn more about their entrepreneurial journey.
Original Post: Published 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.