Newsletter - Small Business Week Edition


Portland District Office  - May 15, 2019

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Congratulations to the 2019 SBA Portland District Small Business Week Award Winners

SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden

“The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in our small business community is part of what makes life in the Pacific Northwest so special,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said. “These entrepreneurs represent the thousands of small business owners who dedicate themselves to building a better life for their families, employees and communities.”

Small Business Person of the Year – Marshall Doyle, president of Cal-Cert Company (Clackamas, Oregon)

Martin Golden, Marshal Doyle, and Jeremy Field

Marshall Doyle is presented with the Oregon SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award by SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden and Pacific Northwest SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field during the SBA Portland District Awards Luncheon at the Portland Art Museum May 2.

Founded in 1976, Cal-Cert Company is a veteran-owned business providing calibration and certification of testing equipment used in the construction, aerospace and automotive industries.

After 20 years as the owner, Doyle transformed Cal-Cert’s small three-person local field calibration business into a national ISO 17025 accredited service provider with more than 50 employees and three offices across the U.S. Read more about Doyle.

8(a) Graduate of the Year – Kim Erion, president and lead ecologist of LKE Corporation (Washougal, Washington)

Kim Erion

Selected from winners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, Kim Erion was one of 10 finalists for the SBA National 8(a) Graduate of the Year award.

Founded in 1993, LKE Corporation is a full-service construction company specializing in environmental reclamation, wildlife habitat enhancement, wetland development, watershed restoration, in-stream fish enhancement, vegetation management, planting, soil preparation and naturalized landscaping.

The company has completed more than a thousand miles of watershed restoration; and, several major instream restorations including the Toutle River, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge box, miles of channels and hundreds of acres of wetlands.  LKE has been awarded more than 200 federal contracts of which 160 were for environmental restoration. Read more about Erion.

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year –  North American Technology Corporation (NATECH)  (North Bend, Oregon)


NATECH's President Cori Kelly, Vice President Wendy Garcia and Founders John and Wanda Williford represent a family-owned business spanning three generations.

When Wanda Williford and her husband John Williford started NATECH to provide support to the Federal Aviation Administration, they were laying the foundation for a family-owned business spanning three generations.

Founded in 1995, NATECH provides professional and technical staffing services, primarily in the federal aerospace and defense sectors.  Over the years, the company grew its customer base and expanded operations to more than 70 employees working in federal spaces across the country including Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Read more about NATECH.

Nano Business of the Year -  Whole Body Health Physical Therapy (Portland, Oregon)

Kara Schuft and Justine Cosman

Whole Body Health Physical Therapy Co-Owners Kara Schuft and Justine Cosman representing a team of 13 physical therapy and staff professionals.

Founded in 2014, Whole Body Health Physical Therapy is an outpatient private practice physical therapy clinic that treats simple strains and sprains, post-operative surgical repairs, and chronic pain management.

What was started in a 948 square foot facility has now grown to five locations.  The clinic has locations in northeast and northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Vernonia and Tigard. Today, the clinic‘s sales have more than doubled since its founding and has gone from four to 13 team members. Read more about Whole Body Health Physical Therapy

Small Business Champion - Alvin R. Elbert, president of A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc. (Newberg, Oregon)

Alvin E. Elbert

Realizing that skilled employees is vital to the future of the machining industry, Alvin Elbert worked with local high schools and colleges to develop internship and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to help build the workforce for tomorrow.

Founded in 1980, A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc. is a family-owned contract machine shop specializing in the manufacture of machined components using high precision Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment. During the past 39 years, the company has gained extensive experience in the high-tech automation, dental, marine, recreational and hydraulic industries. 

For over 30 years the company has been championing youth work opportunities and helping to solve the shortage of skilled machinists by working with a local high school to create a pipeline of skilled employees for the industry. Read more about Elbert.

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Clackamas Community College SBDC Awarded for Excellence and Innovation

Clackamas SBDC Team members

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Clackamas Community College in Milwaukie, Oregon received the SBA Pacific Northwest Region and SBA Portland District SBDC Award for Excellence and Innovation for its dedication to the Oregon SBDC Network mission: building Oregon's best businesses. 

In 2018, the Clackamas SBDC helped 118 new businesses start, exceeding its goal of 22. The center also strengthened long-term advising numbers by achieving 105 percent of the center's goal.  Read more about Clackamas SBDC

Learn more about Clackamas SBDC

All-Star Trophies

Lending All-Stars Shine During Small Business Week

The 47 active SBA lenders in Oregon and southwest Washington help fuel the dreams of so many Pacific Northwest entrepreneurs.  The SBA relies on a number of banks, credit unions, microlenders and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in our district to deploy the capital used by businesses for start-up, working capital, expansion, or to begin exporting. 

The SBA Portland District Lending All-Stars represent lenders that issued at least 20 loans and/or $10 million in total 7(a) lending as well as 504 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) that supported at least 10 projects and/or $5 million in total 504 debentures.

  • Columbia Bank, 171 loans
  • US Bank, 157 loans 
  • Wells Fargo,85 loans 
  •  KeyBank, 56 loans 
  • Banner Bank, 51 loans
  • Chase, 46 loans 
  • Evergreen Business Capital, 42 loans
  • Umpqua Bank, 40 loans 
  • Seacoast Commerce Bank, 27 loans
  • Summit Bank, 23 loans 
  • Pacific Western Bank, 22 loans
  • NW Business Development Association, 15 loans

Learn more about SBA Funding Programs

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