Testimonials

The OSBDCN Capital Access Team is a first-class group of individuals that have a breadth of knowledge and experience across a wide spectrum of industries.  In working with the team over the past 12 months, it is apparent the time and effort they put into working with each client and providing top-notch consultation. The Business plans and financial projections were well thought out and researched.  We look forward to our continued partnership with the OSBDCN Capital Access Team.

Henry Alvarez

Bank of the Cascades

When we were formulating our business plan, we knew that we hadn’t done a decent job and that we had a lot of work and thought put into it, but taking it to pros at SBDC was beneficial. Not only did they help us tailor our business plan in such a way to make our idea more feasible and palatable to potential lenders, but they also were able to raise questions that we hadn’t thought about which helped us not only raise capital, but to be more successful once the doors actually opened.

Brannon Riceci

Boke Bowl

The Capital Access Team was instrumental in helping me secure the funding to grow my company to the next stage. They helped along every step of the way, from business planning to connections with the financial community, to ensure our success! And successful we were. We proved our bankability and got a loan to expand capacity. I am deeply grateful.

Sarah Hart

Alma Chocolate

The Capital Access Team was instrumental in helping us understand lender requirements to fund our business.  He helped us prepare an excellent application and secure a loan from the State of Oregon Entrepreneurship Development fund.  What the CAT is doing is exactly the help small business in America needs to become successful and help rebuild our economy.

Keith Kullberg

Better Bean Company

The CAT was essential in helping me obtain funding for a new business venture I was pursuing.  Their review of my business plan, willingness to provide suggestions, offer alternatives and personally attend business meetings helped me obtain the funding I sought.

Mitchell Schram

Stolz Motors

The CAT is a strong customer advocate who genuinely cares about the client and the future of their business.  They are thorough in explaining financials and helping to write business plans so that the client is bank ready and is able to present the best side of their business when seeking financing.

Teri Karren-Keith

Albina Community Bank

We were working with CAT on our business plan and loan application and found it very professional, proficient and helpful. We wish that other entrepreneurs, especially start-ups, were able to find CAT and work together in order to get financing. Working with CAT was crucial for our understanding of what banks want, and how to approach them.

Barbara Vybiralova

Bohemian Gourmet Food

In our work with business owners and those seeking to acquire a business, my clients and I have found the Capital Access Team to be a great resource. The knowledge, experience and connections of the Capital Access Team is valuable to the business community.

Jeff Cushing

The Transition Group Business Brokerage

The CAT team has filled a crucial need for small businesses. Small business owners oftentimes don’t know the first thing about how to secure the working capital they need. CAT is a place they can turn to, helping them through the process. Every growing business needs working capital, CAT is able to help them continue healthy growth and prepare them for the next step.

Suzy Oubre

Alliance Commercial Credit Group

Bank of the Cascades has a robust and ongoing relationship with the OSBDC Capital Access Team.  We have discovered that the emerging companies are very well schooled in their business plans and expectations. The Capital Access Team provides a knowing voice of reason to align the goals of entrepreneurs with the lending/investment appetites of capital providers. From our perspective, an introduction to a business from the Capital Access Team is highly treasured, and we look forward to a continued relationship with the CAT advisors.

Patrick McCarthy

Bank of the Cascades

Our education service business needed expansion capital.  We found the SBDC, and they generously helped us over five months with responsive, professional advice.  The result was a masterpiece loan package / business plan paired with custom selected introductions to the lending community, and eventually a connection to the funding source we needed.   We’ll be back to the SBDC in the future.

Mark Seker

Tutor Doctor of Portland

I’ve been working with the SBDC for 3 ½ years now. They have been my rock!  As I planned to open my first business,  Impact Learning Center, they helped me do research and obtain funding, provided classes such as ‘Quickbooks’ and ‘Managing a Small Business’. They have given me countless hours of counseling support and guidance.  After reaching my three year mark, my business is doing incredibly well. I’m so grateful for their support and wisdom.  I literally could not have done this business without them.

Evelyn MacLean

Impact Learning Center

The OSBDCN Capital Access Team has been an incredible resource for our company, helping us work through the challenges of being a start-up by providing general business counseling, reviewing our business, marketing, and financial plans, and making introductions to city, state, and private financial institutions.  We look forward to continuing our work with them and recommend their services to small businesses looking for help acquiring capital for their projects.

Alan Taylor

ZH Brewing LLC, Hillsboro

We would highly recommend CAT to small businesses that need capital. We can’t stress enough how much the assistance you gave us has helped resolve our capital needs.  We appreciate the detailed info you provided in order to qualify for a loan from participating banks;  the coaching on how to present the company and ourselves to potential lenders; and the exposure to multiple financial institutions.  Along with that I now have a detailed summary of our financial status to use for future needs. Thanks again for the CAT’s assistance.

Gary Nashif

ATSI Group

Working with the CAT on identifying finance options for our business and then working with them on the development of our loan package was a great experience from start to finish. Their knowledge of business development and finances was invaluable in this process. I felt like we had strong support and someone to go to throughout the loan process any time we had questions.

Jennifer Bloeser

Frog Eyes Wasabi

I have had the good fortune to work with the Oregon Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) Network Capital Access Team, which specializes in helping clients prepare bank ready loan packages. Their leadership skills are exceptional, and they have managed to replicate the successes from the local SBDC Center by deploying a state-wide program with four regional advisors and their teams. I am especially impressed with the way they document best practices and develop tools/checklists that our counselors can access to help their clients create detailed and complete loan packages. The CAT is a valued member of our OSBDC Network team. They have a deep level of business intelligence that is complimented by their compassion and determination to help others along with his strong financial analysis, project management and communication skills.

Rick Leibowitz

Small Business Development Center

I want to thank you and your colleagues for all the time and energy that OSBDCN has provided to Albina Opportunities Corporation and to our community. You have provided support to small business owners and operators with technical assistance to best position them to qualify for business loans and remain a resource for them as they continue to grow. As you know, many small businesses have had a nearly impossible time getting access to capital since the economy slumped into a deep recession in 2008. Compounding the problem has been the lack by many small businesses to be adequately prepared to provide a handful of attentive lenders with the appropriate documentation needed to tell their story and qualify for a loan. A poorly-constructed business plan is one of their biggest obstacles.Your organization is one of the few that has stepped in to provide high quality advisory services needed by these struggling small businesses. For that I want to thank you and let you know that we continue to be supportive of all that you do for us, for small businesses and for our community at large. Thank you so much!

Terry Brandt

Albina Opportunities Corporation

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