June 29, 2017 – Veronica’s Salsa is a family owned business striving to make the best authentic salsa. Veronica and Valente Jimenez started making salsa in their family kitchen in 2003. They later converted their garage into a commercial kitchen facility. In 2013, Veronica’s Salsa moved its operations to a larger leased facility in Odell, OR to increase production. As demand increased in 2015, Veronica’s Salsa obtained a loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to purchase equipment to increase production and distribution. Veronica’s Salsa is still made by hand almost daily and delivered to over 66 Fred Meyer and Safeway stores, in addition to several other local and regional retailers. Veronica’s Salsa can be found in stores throughout the Columbia Gorge, the Portland Metro area, and Vancouver, WA. In 2016, Isamar Jimenez officially joined the family business as business manager/office administrator to help Veronica’s Salsa successfully manage its continued growth. Learn more about their company and products: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Veronicas.Salsa/about/ [Continue Reading]
June 7, 2017 – Two recent MCEDD loans supported local small business food truck start-ups:
La Fogata Taqueria: Maribel Marquez obtained a MCEDD loan to reincarnate her business, La Fogata Taqueria, in The Dalles after an almost 4 year hiatus. In 2015, Maribel and her husband, Victor, obtained a MCEDD loan to create an efficient and high capacity mobile kitchen. La Fogata Taqueria is located at 523 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, Oregon and is once again providing fast, fresh Mexican food. In addition to its mobile restaurant location, La Fogata also offers catering for any event throughout the Mid-Columbia area. Call Maribel at 541-980-9292 to schedule catering, order your meal or to learn more about her business.
Huck Truck: At the Huck Truck in Bingen, Washington, you will find simple, everyday food prepared by an inspired chef. After years of food-based adventures in growing, preparing, selling, and sharing quality food, Erik Stenberg and his wife Jessie sought a path to share their skills and passion as small business owners. With support from the Small Business Development Center they created a solid business plan, designed their dream mobile kitchen, and secured funding from MCEDD and from a private lender. The Huck Truck opened its windows to customers at the end of May in 2016. Phone call or text orders are welcome. http://www.thehucktruck.com/ [Continue Reading]