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    • Belly Buster Sandwiches

      There are a lot of questions that you need to ask yourself when building a sandwich. Do I want cheese today? Add veggies or just stick to the basics? As Gail West, owner of Belly Buster Sandwiches, will tell you—there are even more questions that come up when you have your own business. An Ontario staple, Belly Buster Sandwiches boasts not only sandwiches but bread bowls and daily soups including a chili with rave reviews. However, a good product is not all that it takes to build a successful...

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    • Big Sky Sportswear

      Under the big blue sky of downtown Fruitland, Idaho is a shop specializing in screen printing and embroidery. Big Sky Sportswear works with businesses, school groups, sports teams, family gatherings, community organizations, and others fulfilling their screen printing or embroidery needs. After stints as a truck broker and a day care provider, Big Sky Sportswear owner Lucinda Day decided it was time to move to something new when her son started school. One day she passed by a guy with an...

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    • Helm Acres

      If you want some nuzzling and attention, theNubian goats of Helm Acres will gladly accommodate. If you need some wonderful soap, the goats help out again by providing milk for the Soaps on the Trail products. So what is the story behind this herd of loveable, curious creatures? Barbi and John Dailey of Vale, Oregon, raise Nubian goats on their acreage. Barbi got a goat as a gift when she was a child. She then raised goats through school. About 15 years ago, she started back in the “goat...

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    • Kinney and Keele True Value

      This summer, Kinney Brothers & Keele True Value has a lot to celebrate: the 88th anniversary of being in business, previous owner Bill Keele’s 100th birthday, and the summation of months worth of planning and renovations to the interior. Managers and siblings Mara Slinker and Randall Kirby are currently in the process of painting the walls, adding more lights, and cleaning up the aisles to make them even easier to peruse. Both started working at the store as teenagers, but Slinker says they’re...

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    • Kiwi Loco

      Are you in the mood for a sweet treat in Ontario, Oregon? Look no further than Kiwi Loco! Kiwi Loco is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop that has ten flavors of frozen yogurt to choose from at a time. They have premium, non-fat, low-fat, sugar-free, and non-dairy flavors at all times to meet everyone’s needs. They also have over 75 different toppings from fresh fruits, candy, nuts, syrups, and more. Customers get to create exactly what they want. The possibilities are endless to create a...

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    • Odyssey Massage

      Teri Cothren and Angie Warnke started Odyssey Massage in 2003. Both Teri and Angie are licensed in massage therapy, however their education has not stopped there. Since their arrival, they have taken full advantage of classes, trainings, network and grant opportunities available through the TVCC BizCenter.Within two weeks of starting Odyssey Massage, Teri and Angie began meeting with BizCenter business advisor, Debi DeBord. She helped to educate them on creating a business plan; government...

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    • Snake River Veterinary Center

      At Snake River Veterinary Center, there are three great doctors and a trained staff committed to providing compassionate, knowledgeable care for a wide range of animals. Dr. Brent Varriale, owner of Snake River Veterinary Center, is joined by doctors Jennifer Janitell and Marijeanne Woodcock. Snake River Veterinary Center has a large animal haul-in facility. The small pets are also provided a clean, well-kept facility, with a dedicated surgical suite if a procedure needs to be performed. To help...

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    • Sofie’s Paradise Boutique

      Family makes up the heart and soul of this small boutique located at 369 S. Oregon Street in Ontario, Oregon. Irma Rodriguez and her daughter Sofia opened the shop together on April 5th, 2013 where it now flourishes with the help of Irma’s son and daughter-in-law. Previously, Sofia had worked as an assistant manager at a Payless Shoe Source in Texas and Irma had worked for over six years in the clothing department at Walmart. She realized that together they had the skills and knowledge to...

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    • Sweet Pea Child Care

      From Micron to Mother to Mighty Entrepreneur—Erlinda Kessler’s journey led her to start Sweet Pea Child Care LLC. Erlinda and Doug Kessler, owners, have settled in to their new, expanded space on Main Street in Payette, ID.   Erlinda Kessler was working for Micron when she had her first child. After going through a few babysitters, Kessler decided it was best to stay home with her kids. But she soon added other people's children to the care group. As her services became more in demand, the child...

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    • The Aspen Grove

      The Aspen Grove, located on South Oregon Street in downtown Ontario, offers a wide assortment of Christian books, gifts, and “MORE.” Walk into the store and you will find books, Bibles, jewelry, lotions, candles, wall decorations, artwork, carved wooden pens, pottery, wind chimes, sun catchers, T-shirts, mugs and glasses, music, tote bags, pocket knives, figurines. . . and more. Yankee Candle, Camille Beckman, Willow Tree, and Duck Dynasty are a few of the brands you will see. Local artists...

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    • The Tack Room

      Patrick Marks and his daughter Caitlin McElroy have had one busy year with their business, THE TACK ROOM located in Vale, opening this past May 2014. “I moved over here from Central Oregon after I retired so that I could be near my daughter and see my grandkids grow. I’ve worked in tack shops,broke horses, andspent 38 years as a radio personality plushorse race, rodeo andGrand Prix horsecoverage,” says Marks. McElroy soon came toher father with the idea of The Tack Room: alocal tack shop that...

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