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Success Stories

Making Movement Matter in Oregon

Shortly after earning his doctorate in physical therapy and a Master in Healthcare Administration, 25-year-old Bryan Lang never thought he would pursue his passion for helping others outside a traditional healthcare network. That changed when an opportunity to purchase a clinic from a retiring physical therapist was presented to him. With the help of co-founders Justine Cosman and his sister Kara Schuft, both physical therapists, Whole Body Health and Physical Therapy opened its doors in northwest Portland in 2014. The clinic’s patient-centered approach to treating simple strains, sprains, post-operative surgical repairs, and chronic pain soon made it very popular with the local community and the new owners realized they could use some help managing their growing practice.


They turned to the local Portland SCORE chapter for business counseling assistance. Through a series of monthly meetings, SCORE mentor Kaye... Read More

For the precision machining industry, having access to a skilled workforce has been a challenge across the United States. For Alvin R. Elbert, president of A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc., this was a problem he wanted to help solve. Elbert knew that if he wanted to make an impact, he needed to make sure that his family-owned business, founded in 1980, was poised for future growth.


Elbert turned to the Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) SCALE Oregon program to help reassess his strategic goals for the company as he was considering branching out to a new market. The SCALE Oregon program focuses on assisting traded-sector businesses pursue new markets or improve operational efficiencies. The program helped Elbert conduct an in-depth market
analysis helping him to recognize that his customer relationships were a source of strength and chose to deepen those existing relationships rather than branching into a new market.


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Wanda Williford and her U.S. Air Force veteran husband John Williford knew that starting a business after a career in the military would pose unique challenges when they made the decision to start Native American Technology Corporation (NATECH) in 1995. Headquartered in North Bend on the Oregon Coast, the family-owned company provides professional and technical staffing services to federal aerospace and defense sectors. They quickly realized that military experience alone would not be enough to insure their success and realized they could use some help in building their new business.


They turned to the SBA for help accessing the government marketplace in order to compete for federal contracts. Through the support of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the SBA HUBZone Certification Program and the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, NATECH was able to win multiple federal contracts which resulted in nearly doubling its revenue within... Read More

Growing a Business from Bean to Cup in Oregon

Having spent years in specialty coffee, Matt Higgins dreamed of starting his own company, where he could roast and prepare coffees that would be exciting for professional baristas and inviting to everyday coffee drinkers.  In 2008, the veteran barista and roaster started Coava Coffee in his garage and bootstrapped the company by repairing motorcycles. Higgins knew that in order to accomplish this goal, he would need to source exceptional “coava” or green coffee beans as the foundation of his company and dream. Higgins not only needed to source exceptional coffee beans to fuel his new business but also the capital to grow it.


With the help of the SBA 7(a) Loan Program, Higgins was able to finance a new coffee roaster and fund much needed improvements to his retail locations. In 2015 and 2016, Higgins secured the financing through the SBA 504 Certified Development Company Loan Program to help fund... Read More