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    • Baker Botanicals

      Tamara (Tammy) Dowell became a Blue Mountain Small Business Development Center client in 2012 with an  idea for a business to sell more local organic products to area gardeners. In 2013 she opened Baker Botanicals and has been expanding every year since — over the past three years she has continued to increase her inventory selection and her sales. Tammy has now expanded into different types of gardening techniques from hydroponics to aquaponics. With the short growing season for our area she has...

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    • Baker City Vape & Theresa’s Treasures

      Theresa Ball started with the Blue Mountain Small Business Development Center program in January of 2014. She started a small vape shop in the back of another operating business on 10th Street in Baker City. Within the first six months she realized she needed to be out on her own and found a building on First Street with enough room to open a sub business as well, called Theresa's Treasures. Theresa expanded into gifts and apparel for the new venture. The Baker City Vape steady cliental base...

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    • Cabbage Hill CDL

      Carlene Hanson had been a truck driver since she was in high school driving harvest trucks and later driving semi-trucks on long haul operations. A CDL instructor in the past, Carlene was concerned with the fact that most students from eastern Oregon had to travel and pay for lodging out of town to obtain their CDL license. Now owner and trainer of her own CDL training school operating in collaboration with Blue Mountain Community College, Carlene offers a 160 hour classroom and yard training class...

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    • Dave’s Diesel Technology

      “I always wanted to own my own shop,” said Dave Carter, now the owner of Dave’s Diesel Technology in Milton Freewater. Dave had worked five years for the formerly named Wentland Diesel when the owner decided he wanted to sell the business. Since Dave had over 40 years of experience as a mechanic and his specialty is diesel engine repair, he was a perfect fit to be the new owner. His wife Carolyn — an experienced automotive repair bookkeeper — was a natural to take over the position of office...

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