With help from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at
CCC, Annabel Ortega de Radillo and her husband Jose Radillo were
able to grow a corporate and residential painting business.
Annabel, a Milwaukie-area military veteran, wanted to use her
background in human resources to launch a business with her
husband, Jose, who had more than a decade of experience as a
painter. To learn about what they needed to do to grow a successful
business, Annabel turned to CCC's Small Business Development
Center, which offers affordable training for entrepreneurs, as well
as business counseling and other resources that support economic
growth in Clackamas County.
"What I like about the SBDC's Greenhouse Program and CCC's
instructors is that they give you a checklist of exactly what you
need to do," Annabel said of the intensive training program for
startups she enrolled in.
A year after launching Empower Painting, the couple have become
job creators, taking on two employees. Annabel continues to take
classes through CCC.
Many Clackamas County small businesses have benefited from the
training and resources offered at Clackamas Community College.