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    • Art Event Productions

      Betsy Lewis has always had a passion for art. Although Betsy’s background is in law and education, she has been drawn to artists her entire life. In 2008, she decided that she wanted to pursue that passion and work in a field that makes her happy. It was this passion that drove her to face the risks and daunting task of starting her own business. Betsy decided to create a business that helps artists’ careers by helping them with the business side of being an artist. As Betsy says on her...

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    • Cascade Peak Spirits

      In 2004, Diane Paulson met David Eliasen over vodka martinis, and they discovered that they shared a passion for spirits. They also fell in love and got married. In 2006, (once again over martinis) they decided that they would like to make their own vodka. They visited distilleries and micro-distilleries all over Oregon trying to learn everything they could about how to make spirits. The next step for Diane and David was learning how to create a business. They contacted the Small Business...

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    • Cuisine Dujour

      Don Kruger is the General Manager of Cuisine De Jour, a high-end catering business located in the Rogue Valley owned by his son—and chef—David. Customers are continuously wowed by the style of international cuisine David learned while working at Donald Trump’s private estate, The Mar-A-Lago Club. After leaving The Mar-A-Lago Club, David moved back to the Rogue Valley and, with the help from his dad and supportive mother, they started Cuisine De Jour. Now in their third year of business,...

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