Tod LeFevre Sustainability Awards
Thanks to all who nominated locals for the 3rd Annual Tod LeFevre Sustainability Awards! The awards were presented by Tod’s wife Marti on April 20th 2013 at Springhouse Cellar at the GO! Earth Day Party.
Cascade Acupuncture Center is a stellar example of a regional business that is committed to reducing its environmental impact, investing profits back into the community, offering products and services that are gentle on the planet — all while running a profitable business. Led by Carola Stepper, Cascade Acupuncture Center has taken steps to significantly reduce water and energy use at its clinics and purchases 100% renewable energy. In The Dalles, it converted the trash and weed-filled land behind its clinic into a community garden, creating a way for locals to affordably grow their own food. Cascade Acupuncture Center offers its services at a sliding scale to community members that cannot afford treatments. And the company donates 1% of NET profits to organizations in the community that are doing work to heal the planet and make the Gorge a better place. Like Tod, Carola and her team do not seek recognition or money: They do these things because they know it’s the right thing to do. See more under How we are green.
Cascade Acupuncture wins Gorge Region Small Business of the Year Award in 2007 and 2010
The following is the press release issued by Mary Merrill of the Small Business Development Center in announcing our award recognition:
Cascade Acupuncture Center wins Columbia Gorge Region Small Business of the Year Award for 2010
The Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College has selected Carola Stepper and the team at Cascade Acupuncture
Center as the Columbia Gorge Region Small Business of the Year award recipient for 2010.
This award, which required an extensive application process and five letters of recommendation, is based upon several factors, including general business growth, innovation and contribution to community oriented projects.
Stepper and Cascade Acupuncture Center were also honored with this award in 2007.
“I applaud Carola in her efforts as an employer, an entrepreneur, and a health educator. She continues to look to the future with wide aspirations that are not only achievable, but are inspiring to others in our community.” – Mary J. Merrill, Director, SBDC Columbia Gorge Community College.
CAC Staff Members: Nikol, Jacki, Lisa and Carola
Because of Stepper’s business excellence she and the Cascade Acupuncture Center team were also nominated for the statewide Small Business Administration (SBA) Oregon Business of the Year award for both 2007 and 2010.
“Our team and I are honored to receive this award. I couldn’t have done it without everybody’s dedication to exceptional Acupuncture care and great customer service. At Cascade Acupuncture Center our purpose is to help the people of the Columbia Gorge Region to get well naturally. Our clinics focus on the treatment of pain, as well as many other health concerns, which are mostly stress related. We also want to thank our wonderful clients; we couldn’t have done it without their dedication and referrals!” stated Stepper.