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 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.
June 28, 2012 – Having been passionate about all things food for as long as she can remember, Sirota Johnston dreamed about starting her own culinary business. Sirota Johnston, and her husband and business partner Matt, came to MCEDD as they were putting together financing to purchase the former South Bank Kitchen space to move their fledgling catering company into a storefront where they could expand the services they offer their customers. Boda’s Kitchen is now a gourmet delicatessen, market and full service catering company that is passionate about providing “comfort gourmet” food using high quality, seasonal ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Their loan from MCEDD helped them purchase the new space and grow their business. For more information on what you can find at Boda’s this time of year, check out their website.