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Border board awards grants to local businesses, cities and education centers

Cathy Zacharias will receive $6,000 from the Eastern Oregon Border Economic development Board to help her Vale business, ExZacht Sewing and Alterations, complete an equipment upgrade. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Just after the first of the year, seamstress Cathy Zacharias ran into a “good” problem.

The owner of ExZacht Sewing and Alterations at 233 A St. W. in Vale, Zacharias was contracted by a sports and quad motorcycle company to produce vinyl seat covers.

The contract represented a major leap forward for her small business but it also meant Zacharias needed money to finance more sewing machines and a part-time employee to handle the new workload.

So, Zacharias applied for the Scott Fairley Memorial Edge Grant offered by the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board and recently learned she will receive a . . .