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Small Business Management celebrates success

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Small Business ManagementThe Peytons were the first to address the audience. The wife-husband team who run Personalized Independence, a corporation that serves adults who are intellectually delayed or developmentally disabled, are part of this year’s class in Chemeketa’s Small Business Management program. Jennie Peyton appreciated the opportunity for perspective, “This program gave us a time and place to think about the business not just do it.”

Marcia Bagnall, director of Chemeketa’s Small Business Development Center summarized results from this year’s program –

  • 76 business owners and key staff participated from 57 businesses located in 11 cities
  • Participants had 500 years of cumulative business experience
  • Their collective gross revenue the year prior to the program was $41.7 million (2013)
  • Their collective gross revenue the year they participated in the program was $46.3 million (2014)
    • The $4.6 million of additional revenue represents an 11% increase from the prior year
  • Employment at the participating businesses increased from 452 to 482 employees in the same timeframe

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