Mid Columbia Economic Development District strives to promote the creation of family-wage jobs, the diversification of the economic base, and the growth, development and retention of business and industry in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
MCEDD is organized as a government non-profit in Oregon as an ORS-190 and in Washington through RCW 39.34.010.
February 23, 2019 – During the summer of 2018, Felipe (Flip) Mendez realized his dream of becoming a business owner in the industry he is very experienced in and passionate about, when he opened OnSite Supply House. Flip opened the doors of his business located at 1260 Tucker Road, Hood River, Oregon in July 2018 and obtained a loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District in August 2018. The loan provided funds to complete the start-up of his business.
Onsite Supply House provides irrigation, plumbing, erosion control, construction and landscape supplies, as well as provides consulting to contractors, farmers and the general public. Flip has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Flip enjoys helping the community the best way he can. Onsite Supply House will be having a grand opening party on March 30, 2019. You can contact Flip at his business location or by calling 541-645-4123.
Learn more about the MCEDD loan program here.
January 29, 2019 – After spending a few years in San Francisco, Noah Blakely found a pathway back to his hometown and business ownership. He and his wife, Lauren Blakely, own and operate The Riv Cafe in The Dalles, Oregon. With support from a small business loan through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), Noah and Lauren were able to purchase the business in 2017. The Riv is located in a historic building that was once a church.
Lauren and Noah are actively managing the business every day to ensure the quality that they strive to maintain. Noah states: “My heart for The Dalles is what drives our little cafe. I graduated high school here and have always thought that it is the best city in the world.” He notes that “We called it The Riv because we wanted connect the identity of this city to the face of our business.”
Check out the Riv at https://www.therivcafeevents.com/. The business is located at 401 East 10th Street, The Dalles, Oregon. With breakfast and lunch menus full of dishes using locally sourced ingredients, Noah and Lauren invite you to “Come for the Food; Stay for the Coffee.”