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    • Advantage Services Construction, Inc.

      Like so many builders in the early 2000’s Jeff Lightfoot, owner of Advantage Services Construction, Inc in Portland, owned a booming company. Then, shortly after the 2008 recession, Lightfoot, like so many of his colleagues experienced a rapid decline. “I had been so fortunate,” said Lightfoot. “My business since the late 1970’s had always been referrals and I had never had to do a lot of marketing or sales,” he added. “I really wasn’t accustomed to that side of my business, but suddenly the...

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    • Cal-Cert Company

      Calibration Company Goes From Near Bankruptcy To Landing Panama Canal Job Raising the rates on his calibration service business by 30 percent scared Marshall Doyle to death. But he had to do something.Despite having plenty of work and an 80-hour work week, Doyle’s business, Cal-Cert Company in Milwaukie, was upside down and its future looked bleak. “I thought we might have to declare bankruptcy,” Doyle says. He’d been meeting with counselors at the Small Business Development Center at...

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    • DeAngelo’s Catering

      “I joke,” said Steve DeAngelo, owner of DeAngelo’s Catering since 1982, “this is the best $16.50 per hour I can ever spend!” DeAngelo is comically referring to the relatively small hourly expense he has broken down that he spends utilizing resources from the Small Business Development Center. “The SBDC has taught me so much over the years, but mostly that you never experience today’s business until today. I’ve learned that the true business climate is ever changing—people in business for a...

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    • Keahi Health Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic

      “As a kid, I wanted to run like Jackie Joyner Kersey!” Said Karly Bannister, LAc, Dipl, OM, MAcOM, owner of Keahi Health Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Lake Oswego. “But every time I went outside to run I couldn’t breathe due to allergy-induced asthma.” Karly’s life quickly changed when at the young age of 14, she began receiving acupuncture treatments and could actually participate, without prescription steroids or inhalers, in the sports that she had been missing out on. Over the next...

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    • Nature Photographer

      Mt. Jefferson. Fall colors. Huckleberry leaves. Water falls and creeks tucked away in natures gardens. For nearly a quarter century, Nancy J. Smith, has been capturing nature’s beauty through photography. Smith, who grew up in Gresham, describes herself as a “child in a candy store”, and says it is her upbringing camping, hiking and fishing with her family, and a constant exposure to the outdoors, that created her curiosity for all nature has to offer. “When I go out to take pictures, I just...

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