Clackamas owner named state small-business person of year
Marshall Doyle, president of the Cal-Cert Co. in Clackamas, has been named U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2019 Oregon Small Business Person of the Year.
Founded in 1976, Cal-Cert Co. is a veteran-owned business providing calibration and certification of testing equipment used in the construction, aerospace and automotive industries. After 20 years as the owner, Doyle transformed Cal-Cert's small, three-person local field calibration business into a national ISO 17025 accredited service provider with more than 50 employees and three offices across the nation.
"The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in our small business community is part of what makes life in the Pacific Northwest so special," said SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden. "Marshall Doyle represents the thousands of small business owners who dedicate themselves to building a better life for their families, employees and communities."
The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award — part of National Small Business Week May 5-11 — recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners also must show growth in net worth and business expansion, increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity and contributions to community-oriented projects.
"The SBA, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the host colleges and their partners provide amazing resources and tools to build outstanding business," Doyle said. "Without the training, networking and funding the SBA supports, many of us would not make it."
In 2002, the company found itself on the brink of bankruptcy with shrinking sales and mounting debt since its purchase in 1999. Doyle turned to the SBDC at Clackamas Community College to help save his business and dream.
The SBDC advisers helped Doyle design and implement a "turnaround" to save the company. He learned how to develop a sustainable financial model and numerous other operational processes he needed to thrive in the marketplace.
Today, Cal-Cert has market share in 41 states and 13 countries enjoying an 18-fold increase in gross revenue. The company's success has allowed Doyle to give back to his community by serving as a mentor through the SBDC network at Clackamas Community College as well as being actively involved in local high schools and Portland State University.
Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge this week in Washington, D.C., where one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year.