Earth Tech Landscape Solutions

From Unemployed to Successful Employer with Help from the SBDC

When Fabian Lopez was laid off at Christmas, he received an unemployment assistance offer he couldn’t refuse: take classes at the Chemeketa SBDC and start a new business.

At the SBDC, Fabian found valuable courses and developed his business plan, landing his first landscaping contract in 2012 and soon after hiring his first employee. Earth Tech Solutions has continued to grow ever since.

“I can’t say enough about Don, my adviser,” Fabian said. “I couldn’t be happier with what Don and the SBDC have brought to the table. I sleep better at night.”

Through continued advising and classes, Fabian found a community of small business owners all facing similar issues and an environment designed to help solve these challenges. By hearing from others and understanding common issues, he has continued to learn and grow with his business.

“I couldn’t imagine ever running a business without the SBDC classes, and nor would I. You can always learn more,” Fabian said. “The SBDC provides confidence, the ability to ask questions and help with the stress. I cannot say enough about the Chemeketa SBDC.”

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