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Farm Unlimited

Farm Unlimited takes root and continues to grow

Things were going well right from the start when Farm Unlimited opened for business in October 2019. The forestry consulting company in North Bend, Oregon, helps landowners with forestry management, whether they have 20 acres or thousands.

“It runs the whole range of planning, harvesting, reforestation and then young stand management to make sure those trees grow and become a great investment for the landowner,” says Farm Unlimited President Eric Farm.

Just months after getting the business off the ground, however, the COVID-19 crisis hit. “Everything stopped,” Eric says. “We were pretty nervous.”

Fortunately, the company had recently moved their banking to Oregon Pacific Bank. “When all this started happening, they were very responsive,” he says. “They were working on our PPP loan on Saturday, and by Monday we had funds in our account.”

As a preferred lender for the Small Business Administration, Oregon Pacific Bank was poised to provide Paycheck Protection Program help and able to get applications processed quickly.

While other banks were slow to act at the start of the crisis, OPB was ready to assist clients when they needed help at a very critical time, says Justin Miller, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager in Coos Bay.

“We made it a priority,” he says. “We talked with our customers and helped them through that process.”

With the PPP funds it received, Farm Unlimited found the breathing room it needed to continue operating during a difficult and unexpected time. Business has since picked up and they continue to be busy, helping forest landowners grow their own investments.

In all, Oregon Pacific Bank loaned more than $123 million to 685 local businesses and nonprofit agencies during the initial round of the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program, processing 100% of its applications. Part of the CARES Act, these forgivable loans provide a direct incentive for businesses and nonprofits to keep workers employed during the crisis. During the first round of loans, our bank helped ensure that more than 14,000 local jobs were retained.

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Things were going well right from the start when Farm Unlimited opened for business in October 2019. The forestry consulting company in North Bend, Oregon, helps landowners with forestry management, whether they have 20 acres or thousands.

“It runs the whole range of planning, harvesting, reforestation and then young stand management to make sure those trees grow and become a great investment for the landowner,” says Farm Unlimited President Eric Farm.

Just months after getting the business off the ground, however, the COVID-19 crisis hit. “Everything stopped,” Eric says. “We were pretty nervous.”

Fortunately, the company had recently moved their banking to Oregon Pacific Bank. “When all this started happening, they were very responsive,” he says. “They were working on our PPP loan on Saturday, and by Monday we had funds in our account.”

As a preferred lender for the Small Business Administration, Oregon Pacific Bank was poised to provide Paycheck Protection Program help and able to get applications processed quickly.

While other banks were slow to act at the start of the crisis, OPB was ready to assist clients when they needed help at a very critical time, says Justin Miller, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager in Coos Bay.

“We made it a priority,” he says. “We talked with our customers and helped them through that process.”

With the PPP funds it received, Farm Unlimited found the breathing room it needed to continue operating during a difficult and unexpected time. Business has since picked up and they continue to be busy, helping forest landowners grow their own investments.

In all, Oregon Pacific Bank loaned more than $123 million to 685 local businesses and nonprofit agencies during the initial round of the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program, processing 100% of its applications. Part of the CARES Act, these forgivable loans provide a direct incentive for businesses and nonprofits to keep workers employed during the crisis. During the first round of loans, our bank helped ensure that more than 14,000 local jobs were retained.

Learn how we can help you and your nonprofit or business succeed by completing this form or giving us a call at 833-328-0166

Banker Spotlight
Deena Gisholt

Deena Gisholt

SVP, Team Leader/Commercial Relationship Manager
Coos Bay Branch
541-269-7929

“When the community thrives, we thrive, and our clients thrive. It’s a win-win.”

If you’ve lived in the Coos Bay area for anytime at all, you’ve more than likely crossed paths with Deena Gisholt. When she’s not serving customers at Oregon Pacific Bank, she’s been active in numerous civic leadership roles, which led her to being named the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year for 2020.

Deena, a Senior Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, has served customers at the Coos Bay branch for 18 years. She worked for another bank for 20 years prior. She joined OPB because of its community banking environment, where “you know everyone,” she says.

Deena enjoys her job because of the relationships she’s built with clients over the years. “That’s really what it’s all about,” she says. “Trying to learn what’s important to them, what their needs are, helping them to accomplish their goals.”

She’s spent her entire life in the South Coast area, growing up on a dairy farm in Norway, southeast of Coos Bay. Her family bonds and lifelong friends keep her rooted.

When her daughters were in school, Deena was involved in the PTA, served as a basketball coach, and helped in other supportive roles.

As for her civic involvement, she’s served for more than 20 years as a board member on the South Coast Development Council. She’s also served as president and board member of the United Way of Southwestern Oregon and as president of the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Deena was involved with the Myrtle Point, Coquille and Bay Area Rotary clubs and still supports their efforts as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Deena has since stepped back from some of those roles, focusing on her work as a board member for Kids Hope Center, an advocacy organization that helps support children who’ve experienced abuse. She says her “passion for children” is what drives her in what can be difficult but important work.

Deena says she’s grateful to work for a bank that encourages employees to be involved in volunteer and civic organizations.

“When the community thrives, we thrive, and our clients thrive,” Deena says. “It’s a win-win.”

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