Since inception of the business assistance program, MCEDD has made over 230 loans to businesses totaling over $14 million. MCEDD loan client businesses have created or retained over 2,100 jobs. MCEDD funds have also leveraged just over $12 million in additional public funding and over $30 million of private capital. Learn more about the businesses we support and their contributions to the local economy:
Opportunity Connections Advances Employment Opportunities
Opportunity Connections was started by families and local business people in 1967 as an alternative to institutions for disabled individuals.Read more.
Hobbies Become Serious Business with MCEDD Financing: Hood River Hobbies
In 2011, Zed and Miko Ruhlen purchased Hood River Hobbies with the intention of expanding its offerings and growing theRead more.
Wildland Firefighting Capacity Expands with MCEDD Financing
August 2013– Alejandro Rodriguez has been in the wild land firefighting field since 2000. After working for other companies basedRead more.
Sweet Lila’s Coffee Cup Receives Small Business Loan
Heidi Hall received a Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) loan to open a coffee drive thru business. Sweet Lila’s CoffeeRead more.
MCEDD Loan Supports Minor’s International Wood Design
Danny Minor of Minor’s International Wood Design has been an independent business for the last nine years, but Danny hasRead more.
Draper Girls Country Farm Value Added Processing Expands with MCEDD Support
Draper Girls Country Farm has been in the family since 1962. Theresa Draper bought it from her father in 1981Read more.
Value Added Food Processing Business Grows at the Port with MCEDD Funds
April 2013- Columbia PhytoTechnology, a MCEDD loan client since 2011, specializes in powder production, particularly of fruits and vegetables, forRead more.