Remembering John Berdes
In June 2016, the Craft3 family lost our beloved founder and CEO John Berdes to lung cancer. For more than two decades, John inspired us — and the communities we work in — to be better, stronger and more resilient. He was determined, deeply thoughtful, a little irreverent and frequently brilliant. He will never be far from our minds and our hearts.
Our work continues in his memory though, and with every impact Craft3 makes, we will think fondly of our friend and all the good that he did during his time with us.
Craft3’s loan gave Gloria the opportunity to be successful. And just like Gloria turns sketches into masterpieces, every day we use capital to make our region stronger by giving entrepreneurs opportunity.
Cascadia Vehicle Tents
Even if you enjoy camping, you’re probably not fond of putting up a tent when the ground is uninviting. The solution? A special rooftop tent that attaches to the existing racks of your vehicle!
That’s why Jamie Rose and her husband Bobby started Cascadia Vehicle Tents in 2011. But as word got out and orders started piling up, Jamie needed a loan to maintain inventory.
She didn’t have any luck finding financing, until she found Craft3. We liked what we saw and made an investment to help Cascadia Vehicle Tents purchase inventory and open a new retail location.
Full Circle Wreath Company
When Valentin and Marina emigrated from Mexico in the late ’80s, the idea of owning a business never crossed their minds. But in 2016 an opportunity arose to purchase Full Circle Wreath Company.