Success Stories

John Clark started his career working in the fast food industry where he quickly rose to management level. During this time, he became experienced in dealing with the same problems that a small business owner encounters such as, dealing with employees, customer satisfaction and many of the bookkeeping and payroll experiences that are necessary in running a successful business.

  He decided to return to school and study accounting and business management at a trade school in downtown Portland. He received a degree in 2 years and moved from the food service industry into an entry level accounting position at Pope and Talbot in downtown through a temp agency.   From there he went to work for Deloitte & Touche through another temp agency. During his accounting assignments, Clark decided that he really did not want to be in the corporate world for the rest of his life. It was at this crossroads that he had an opportunity to go to work for Rose City Stamp in... Read More

Carola Stepper, Registered Nurse and Licensed Acupuncturist, facilitates and operates a healthy acupuncture business in Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon. As owner and acupuncturist of Cascade Acupuncture Center, LLC, she brings a treasure of experience and passion that supports the growing need of natural health care in the Columbia River Gorge.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, swimming, running, biking, windsurfing, snowboarding, skiing, and dancing. She has also been volunteering her time assisting with different community events as part of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors since 2006.

Carola Stepper was born in New Jersey and raised in Germany, finally returning to the United States sixteen years ago. She lived both in Maui, Hawaii, and Portland, Oregon, before settling in Hood River, Oregon. Educated as a registered nurse in Germany in 1989, she has worked with hospitals both in Europe and the United States before changing her specialty to... Read More

New computer software and just-delivered shipments blend with salvaged pump parts and original cabinetry to create what is truly a combination of old and new. Ernie’s Electric and Ernie’s Motors and Pumps were once two separate corporations started by John Ernest Wimsatt around 1948.

Today, they operate as one business, Two R’s Electric, LLC, doing business as Ernie’s Motors & Pumps. Located on South Oregon Street and taking up about three-quarters of the block is the business owned by Roy Scott and Randy Getman – the two “Rs.” Scott’s wife, Margie, is the business manager and bookkeeper. Both Scott and Getman were longtime employees of the business, working for Gerry Griffin. When Griffin began talking about selling the business, they began thinking about buying it.   “When we first started talking about taking over, we had no idea where to start,” Margie Scott recalled. “Roy had known Dale Cruson, and it was his wife Cheryl who sent us to the BizCenter.” “That... Read More

As passionate about slow-cooked pot roast and homemade ravioli as she is about perfectly seared foie gras, Lisa Schroeder is a mother, grandmother, chef and restaurateur devoted to providing better-than-authentic renditions of traditional home-cooked favorite dishes in her two Portland restaurants, Mother’s Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria.

In 1992, while simultaneously working full-time in marketing, catering on the side and raising her daughter, Lisa realized there were no restaurants serving the type of food she would make if she had the time. Lisa concluded that what the world really needed was a place which served “Mother Food” – slow-cooked dishes, such as braises and stews, made with love. From that moment on, Lisa was determined to open such a restaurant and spent the next eight years working toward that dream.

Lisa soon gave up her business career and enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America. While there, she was selected as one of the... Read More

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