PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) client Brandon Vaughn, President of All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC, with the Oregon SBA Small Business Spirit Award. The award was made at the SBA Portland District Office luncheon on May 3 at the Eastside Exchange Ballroom in Portland.
“The Portland District of the U.S. Small Business Administration is proud to present Brandon Vaughn of All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC, with Oregon’s 2016 Small Business Spirit Award,” SBA District Director Camron Doss announced.
“Brandon, with his team at All-Clean, exemplifies an innovative and collaborative small business leadership that has made this family-run business successful. The company's commitment to their customers and employees demonstrates the innovative spirit that makes small businesses successful in Oregon,” noted Oregon SBDC State Director Mark Gregory.
Brandon took over management of the Troutdale, OR based company in 2011, when his father could no longer continue in that role due to health concerns. For 35 years, the company was a home-based business with a single service van. Now All-Clean has expanded to a warehouse with three vans and three trucks, and grown their web presence. With one-to-one business counseling from advisors at the MHCC SBDC, All-Clean is primed to see another growth year with strategic reinvestment in company assets.
MHCC SBDC Director Kedma Ough nominated Brandon for the annual award. “What I love most about Brandon is his commitment to excellence without an ego. He is willing to surround himself with a multitude of advisors that help him continue to revise and grow his vision for his small business. His commitment spills over into his community with an equal determination to support cause-related organizations that make a difference in the lives of others,” Kedma stated.
Brandon’s commitment and enthusiasm has been essential to his success. “Three things were key in helping me get to the place where we are now—education, humility, and community. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and soaked up every business book I could read, made valuable friends and mentors in various industries, and learned to not be afraid of taking risks and of losing,” Brandon explained.
“Once I got involved with the SBDC, I met with Kedma and we sat down and she went through my business pretty much nuts to bolts—how I do my leads all the way to the final completion of the job; all of my processes. She gave me a lot of really great ideas of how my business could run more efficiently, how we could become more profitable, and to take things one step at a time to grow our business larger,” he continued. “It’s been amazing. I honestly never thought we’d be able to grow this fast, this quickly and still maintain this awesome reputation of our company. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the SBDC.”
Brandon concluded, “I encourage everyone to reach out to your local SBDC office. Work with the mentors and check out their programs. The quality is unbeatable, and they will help you grow your business.”
Each spring the SBA recognizes small businesses across the country during National Small Business Week. Nominations for the SBA Small Business Spirit award, one of several statewide SBA awards, are made by Oregon SBDCs. “We are excited to recognize small business owners, champions of small business, and the lending community members, who work to encourage small business growth all year-long,” said Doss. “This is a great time to thank small businesses, share in their successes, and celebrate those who lend support along the way.”
About Oregon Small Business Development Centers: Oregon Small Business Development Centers provide comprehensive management assistance, training, and information resource services to established and prospective businesses. Professional certified business advisors provide assistance at no direct cost. OSBDCN is sponsored by 18 community colleges, two regional universities, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Oregon Business Development Department, and is accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers. The network has 19 service centers located throughout the state with headquarters at Lane Community College. All SBA and Oregon SBDC Network activities are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangement for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. More information is available online at www.BizCenter.org or by calling 541- 463-5250.