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Aug 11, 2016 10:14 AM ET

Archived: Michelle – Willamette Valley Mediation: A loan helps this community oriented mediator in Oregon to sustain her business

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 11, 2016


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Michelle’s story

I grew up in Hawaii a product of divorced parents. I often found myself in the middle of disputes. As a child, I was worried that I may have to raise a family on my own and I sought an education which would open many doors for me.

I moved to Salem, Oregon to pursue a law degree. I took some time off to have a second child and during that time I invested in the necessary training to become a mediator. I had to volunteer hours of my time in order to gain the requisite experience. I now find myself in the middle again, but helping people resolve their disputes.

My dream for the future is to be able to raise my children and be a good role model for them. They have a wonderful father who has a steady job and good benefits. My income provides the extras in life. I endeavor to maintain a work life balance so I can spend time with my children, yet keep current in my profession. I am building a good reputation for myself and I have many client referrals. 

This loan is special because:

It helps this community oriented mediator in Oregon to sustain her business

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More about this loan

Business Description

There are two arms to my business. The first is the law practice, but I want to branch more into mediation services.

I started working for myself in 2006 when I joined another attorney. Five years later I went out on my own. Two years ago I started my training and volunteer work in mediation. Although I have years of service as an attorney, I needed to volunteer many hours and be supervised by other mediators in order to obtain the minimum hours to mediate on my own. My customers are court appointed and self referred. My goals for the future are to provide a place where other mediators can do their work and not be concerned with the administrative end of the business. I am most proud of my reputation in the community.

What is the purpose of this loan?

I will use the loan to pay off high interest loans. This frees up income in order to hire a part time employee. The part time employee will help me efficiently process document and handle time consuming tasks such as coordinating schedules and setting up appointments in order for me to me more available to mediate and arbitrate. Right now I spend quite a bit of my day reviewing voice messages and trying to schedule appointments with multiple parties. This is a great entry level office tasks that will give someone office experience. The more hours I have doing actual work rather than scheduling and editing, the better my business does financially.

About Willamette Valley Mediation

Industry: Services
Years in operation: More than 5 years

A loan of $10,000 helps restructure debt, helping me add an employee.

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