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Apex Property Clearing

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From clearing houses to clearing checks, the LBCC SBDC helped Apex grow

John Origer started Apex Property Clearing in 2011 to clean out foreclosed homes in Linn County.

Now, John and his crew do debris removal, hoarder clean-up, brush clearing, estate clean-out and demolition in Linn, Benton and Marion counties.

In 2012, John went to SBDC for help in his expanding business. He took the business startup class and talked with an adviser about better understanding his profit and loss statements. SBDC also helped him get a contractor’s license so he could do earthquake retrofits on homes.

Working with an adviser who came from the construction industry was helpful, John said.

“For anyone who is thinking about starting a business, the first place I’d go to is the SBDC,” he said. “They’ll be able to find an adviser who can go over the details of what you’d like to do.”

John continues to meet with his adviser periodically to talk about issues like bookkeeping and how to effectively manage his employees, he said.

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