Business move revived south River Road offices

By ERICA. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Valerie and Geoff White signed a lease to move their property management and construction businesses to Keizer in July 2014, it was something of a watershed moment. “There hadn’t been an office lease signed in Keizer in the previous nine months,” said Valerie. Their businesses, Encompass Management & Consulting (EMC) and Central Valley Construction Group, were truly only about a year old at the time. But, since setting down stakes at 132 Glynbrook Street N., EMC has grown from nine employees to 32 and helped revitalize two suites of office space on the site. It led to the Whites purchasing both buildings two months ago. “We were terrified because the businesses were so young,” Geoff said. “But it was the right time for each step we took and nothing felt forced.” Since leasing a space on the property, which had been vacant for almost six years after a local attorney moved to a new location, the number of other tenants has also grown to include an in-home care administration office, a hearing device office, a flooring company, a training center for a knife company, a bookkeeping firm and an excavation company. “We still have space available and I would love to add some retail business. We could easily accommodate something like a nail salon,” said Valerie. Geoff and Valerie set up EMC...

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