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Portland Painting Service Recipient of 2020 SBA Oregon Director’s Award for Excellence

Owner Kyle Campbell of Veenhuizen Painting Specialties Takes Top Honors, Shares Business Journey Before and Through Coronavirus Outbreak
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2020 Oregon Director’s Award for Excellence goes to Veenhuizen Painting Specialties founded by Owner Kyle Campbell.

Founded in 1988, Veenhuizen Painting Specialties provides high-quality painting services to residential and commercial clients ranging from designers, general contractors, cabinet makers, and home owners in the Portland Metro area as well as in Astoria and Hood River.

In 2013, after serving nearly 20 years as a youth minister and nearly the same amount of years in the painting/remodeling and industrial service industries, Kyle Campbell was ready to undertake a new journey as an entrepreneur and purchased Veenhuizen Painting Specialties. When Campbell purchased the business, it was struggling to fully recover from the effects of the Great Recession.  In just seven years, he able to grow the business from five employees to more than 20 with a 400 percent increase in revenues.

The small business awards program is part of National Small Business Week, which is typically held during the first week of May every year since 1963. National Small Business Week award announcements and celebrations were postponed this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. National Small Business Week is Sept. 20-26, 2020 during which SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza will highlight it with a three-day national virtual event.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact entrepreneurs and small businesses have on our economy and in our local communities,” SBA Pacific Northwest Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “Like many things in 2020, the journeys of this year’s award winners took a turn most didn’t anticipate. However, themes of ingenuity and tenacity remain the same as small business owners continue to inspire us in new and meaningful ways.”

The SBA Portland District Director's Award for Excellence recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity and contributions to community-oriented projects.

“National Small Business week takes on a special meaning this year as we celebrate the resilience small businesses continue to demonstrate as they pivot and recover toward a stronger economy,” said SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden. “Entrepreneurs like Kyle Campbell represent the thousands of small business owners who dedicate themselves every day to building a better life for their families, employees and are a source of strength for their communities.”

When Campbell purchased Veenhuizen Painting Specialties, he acquired a well-established customer base. He realized that in order to grow the business and truly make it his own, he needed to be able to develop his brand and reach out to a wider audience. Campbell also knew he needed to bring on board the right talent so he could spend more of his time working on his business rather than in it.

Campbell turned to the Mt. Hood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Mt. Hood Community College to find the answers to his growing list of questions on how to run and grow his new business. By working with the center’s counselors,  Campbell was able to develop an effective marketing strategy and website that helped him open his doors to new clients. With the help of SBA Funding Programs, Campbell was able to access the capital he needed to acquire/renovate his new business location.

Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBDCs help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on topics including business planning, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, technology development, international trade and much more.

When the realities of the Coronavirus pandemic emerged, Veenhuizen Painting Specialties implemented risked mitigation measures to keep its staff and clients safe. With the help of the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the company was able to keep its doors open and all its staff employed. The company attributes its successful pivot from the effects of the pandemic to having a strong team.

“They were the key to the success of the business. I got into this business because I wanted to do something where I could treat my people well, where they knew they were appreciated” said Campbell. “With a good coach teaching you how to hire the right people in the right seats, look at what can be done.”

Other SBA local awards include Oregon Small Business Person of the Year, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Nano Business of the Year and Small Business Champion.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit




About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit The Portland District serves Oregon and southwest Washington with its office location in Portland.