MESO Appoints Columbia County Business Services Consultant

Microenterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) has appointed Casey Wheeler as the Business Services Consultant for Columbia County. He has over 30 years of experience in dealing with financial institutions, not-for-profits, non-profits and small businesses. Nita Shah, Executive Director of MESO, stated that “The organization is excited to have someone with the diverse background that Casey brings to the position.” This is a grant funded position.

MESO’s clients engage in a wide array of economic activities that include frozen baked goods, child care services, video production services, beauty products, art, automotive services, marketing services, and a variety of other goods and services.

MESO’s uniqueness in business development is based on the philosophy of customizing support to the needs of the business. They believe you cannot mass produce businesses. Building a strong foundation will stabilize and grow the businesses to become successful.  They recognize the complex and multi-level problems experienced by entrepreneurs and offer support services in an integrated manner.

In his role, Wheeler will serve as the initial point of contact for individuals and small businesses looking to access the services of MESO. The purpose of MESO is to broaden economic opportunities for under served entrepreneurs by providing business support to increase growth in income, assets, and business skills.

Wheeler stated “I am looking forward to helping expand and enhance MESO services within Columbia County as there is a great need for these types of services.” In addition to the training and IDA program, MESO has served as a SBA Micro-lender. For more information about the programs available please visit the website at