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.
August 30, 2013 –
August 2013– Alejandro Rodriguez has been in the wild land firefighting field since 2000. After working for other companies based around the state, Alejandro saw a need for a local wild land firefighting company in The Dalles, and started Steelhead Enterprises, LLC. He brings this experience to his four year old company. Alejandro and his crew of professionals perform wild land firefighting, fire fuel reduction, and forest land maintenance throughout the region to public and private land owners. Steelhead Enterprises has grown because of its commitment to professionalism, developing its workforce, and creating a smart business plan. Over the last year, Steelhead gained certifications that increase their access to new contracts and allowed them to diversify the services they are able to offer. These changes created a need for additional financing for working capital and equipment purchases. Steelhead found this through MCEDD’s loan programs. They were one of many crews who successfully fought the Government Flats Complex Fire in Wasco and Hood River counties in 2013.
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.