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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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The Next Blue Zone

Robbie Wilson, is the co-owner of the Botanist House bar and restaurant. His next goal is Project Relevance - networking ghost kitchens for the community to create a new Blue Zone in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

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.

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.

Free Geek

By introducing refurbished technology—and the tools and knowledge to use it—to the people that need it most, Free Geek is championing STEM initiatives in and around Portland, Oregon.

Two Little Robots

Dash and Dot are two little robots making a big impact in Hillsboro, Oregon. The project was made possible by a Hillsboro Schools Foundation innovation grant, which First Tech has been supporting for more than 10 years.