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Kim Erion, President of LKE CORPORATION since 1993, has been self-employed for 24 years. Kim got an early start at age 6 selling painted pet rocks to neighbors. She grew up in the woods with one grandfather who owned a saw mill and trucking company and with another grandfather who worked for the USDA Forest Service and Oregon State Parks. Her father owned a logging company, and her mother owned the Mother Earth spirituality retail shop in Portland called the Goddess Gallery. As Kim grew up, she gravitated toward her own passions and started to refine her business prowess.

For over 18 years now, Kim and Jim, her husband, have been dedicated to restoration throughout the Pacific Northwest. LKE CORPORATION has completed hundreds of miles of watershed restoration and thousands of acres of wetlands and in-stream habitat throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California. Kim and Jim are known for going above and beyond specification with passionate execution. Kim was inspired by... Read More

Dreams Do Come True With a Little Help From SBA

Pete Morones, a bilingual clinical psychologist, didn’t have to think twice about buying a building to house his office. It made sense to purchase a building for his practice rather than continuing to pay rent. Morones now owns his own office building and rents out space to others. Most people aspire to own a building for the same reason they aspire to own a home; they are more in control of the use and the cost. Evergreen Business Capital helped Morones buy his own real estate through the Small Business Administration's 504 loan program. “Morones needed $370,000 to buy the building — at a time when the economy was tanking and banks just didn't want to lend," recalls Evergreen Senior Loan Officer Lori Milton.

Morones is a business banking client with Bank of America. Lori Milton asked the bank to loan Morones the money for his building. The bank funded Morones $250,000, Evergreen funded $83,000 and Morones came up with the rest.

Proceeds from 504 loans must... Read More

Small Business Owner Exports Earth-friendly Pesticide

Most pest control programs have a problem: They put too much of a particular chemical into the environment, and much of it is spread without being effective. Residues can be dangerous to humans and toxic for animals. The runoff can become problematic for water quality. The solution? Integrated pest management (IPM), a combination of chemical, biological, and cultivation techniques, minimizing negative effects.

A company based in Portland, Oregon, which has taken its name from this method, IPM Tech, Inc. has created just such a line of products. This new method is easy to use, effective, and environmentally benign. Its use is growing in agriculture and forestry. It has also attracted attention abroad, and exports are spreading the technology to Australia, South Africa, and most recently Belgium.

"These innovative products will sell themselves," said Philip Kirsch, president and founder of IPM Tech, Inc. "Their potency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental benefits... Read More

Small Business Achieves Growth with 504 Loan

Drew acquired working knowledge and business savvy while attending high school and college working in his father's business, Eugene Tile Company. After college, he was asked by his father and brother to go into business with them, and they opened a tile distribution warehouse and retail store. He continued with the family owned business for another three years. After discussing the idea in-depth with his wife and other people, Drew decided to start his own business.

Drew established Intrepid International in 1993, operating from his home. For three years, Drew worked as a sole proprietor establishing a strong customer and supplier base. Drew's knowledge and experience in the industry allowed him to build an excellent reputation within his field. Drew has taken his small home based business to a company that had revenues in excess of $6,000,000 last year and is on target to reach $7,000,000 by this year-end. His profits have grown to an impressive $700,000 for the year... Read More