YAKIMA, Wash. -- The last few years have been a struggle just to survive for many small businesses in the area. Some have enjoyed a bit of help from the Small Business Administration.
Nathan Sabari said when the recession hit, his wood designs went untouched.
"We needed to create something that you couldn't find in town or that you had to go to a different town, Seattle or Portland and spend more money," said Sabari.
Sabari said with some help from the Small Business Administration, he re-evaluated his work and started making more custom furniture. Now, The Pine Shop, soon to be called Nate Sabari Woodworks, is bringing in steady revenue.
The owners of Essencia Bakery say the economic downturn was just as tough on them.
"It really challenged us to start fresh and do something new and really connect with the community in a new way," said Jean Scheid, a co-owner of Essencia Artisan Bakery.
Calvin Goings, the Regional Administrator for the SBA visited some of these success stories Monday. He said even though these businesses were able to stay afloat, finances never come easy.
Goings said many small businesses still struggle with supplying decent wages and health care benefits.
"Most small business owners think of their employees as family and they want to do right by them," said Goings.
"It's hard," said Scheid. "I try to walk that fine line of providing a decent living wage versus how do we do that and still make enough money to stay in business."
Goings said just like any other federal agency, the SBA is prepared to make cuts. However, the organization will continue to do its part to help struggling business owners.
Goings said the SBA has given out around $30 billion in business loans since 2009. Out of that, more than $38 million went to small startups in Yakima.