May 31, 2017 – In 2013 Sherry and Kevin Perry moved away from the big city in search of a place where nature was right outside their door. They found that place in the Columbia River Gorge. Fueled by their love of nature and a desire to add something great to their community, they dreamed up Celilo Paddle Company, a stand up paddle board rental shop operating right on the banks of the Columbia River.
MCEDD staff worked with them to fund this dream, with financing provided through the Columbia River Gorge NSA Oregon Investment Board. Sherry and Kevin Perry, owners of Celilo Paddle Company, are proud to be serving the community of The Dalles with their stand up paddle board rental service. Celilo Paddle Company will be operating out of Riverfront Park and will be open during the summer months. Celilo Paddle Company provides a quality paddle boarding experience on the Columbia River and friendly service. You can find out more information by calling 541-705-0701 and at their website at www.celilopaddle.com or look them up on Facebook.
August 1, 2013 –
Heidi Hall received a Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) loan to open a coffee drive thru business. Sweet Lila’s Coffee Cup is a coffee drive thru business inspired by Heidi and Blake Hall’s, daughter Lila May. She loved cooking and making “kids’ coffee” and that is what Sweet Lila’s Coffee Cup will be doing for their customers. Heidi is excited to be serving espresso drinks, blended drinks and tea, along with breakfast and lunch grab and go items in the near future.
Heidi states, “When I started this process I found out that banks do not typically finance new start ups because they require a history of the business that can show potential. I then contacted Eric at MCEDD, who helped guide me thru the process. With the support of my MCEDD business loan, we have recently broken ground with the building process and hope to be up and running in late April.”
Sweet Lila’s Coffee Cup will soon be offering high quality products with fast and friendly service at its drive thru located at 1540 Osprey Drive, Hood River, Oregon. You can call Heidi at 541-261-6507 or check this business out on Facebook for more information.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia Area. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy. Contact Eric Nerdin at 541-296-2266 or email@example.com for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program.