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Meet Nong
Member Story

Meet Nong,
entrepreneur and culinary legend.

Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in Portland, OR in 2003.

With $70 in her pocket, and all of her belongings fitting into two suitcases, she set out to start her life in the Rose City.

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Catching Up With Kevin Carroll

When COVID shook the world in early 2020, Kevin Carroll didn’t let it intimidate him. Instead, he doubled down on a process he has been practicing his entire life, and found ways to connect with others and continue inspiring everyone around him.

Catching Up With Nong

Nong is not only a key individual in the Portland restaurant scene, she's also an inspiration and example of resilience, determination, and hard work.

The Power of Photography

By teaching photography to young people in the community, Justin passes along the message that photography is just another vehicle we can use to talk about life.

A Red Rubber Ball

When Kevin Carroll came to First Tech to get a loan to help self publish his first book, he didn’t realize he would be igniting a career inspiring everyone from children to Fortune 500 CEOs.

No Bad Surf Days

Nick’s newfound freedom from student loan debt has provided him the opportunity to pursue his passion of surfing.

Aloha on a Plate

Meet Jensen: a small business owner, husband, dad, and proud member of First Tech. He hails from Hawaii and brings with him a unique flavor of the islands, which he has parlayed into a successful business.