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No idea is too small, and no job is too large

If you ever need a website, professional photography, or looking to play the beautiful game of soccer, then Epuerto is the business for you. Epuerto is a digital services company specializing in web design, branding, corporate identity, digital marketing, database development, and cloud solutions.
Epuerto has been developing applications for over 17 years. In different areas such as chemical plants; police departments; insurance companies; tribal projects; non-profit organizations; and commercial, medical, athletic, industrial and financial institutions.

Epuerto.com

I interviewed Allan Ledesma, the principal, owner, and lead website developer of Epuerto. Allan attended San Ignacio de Loyola (technical institute) in Lima, Peru. When he immigrated to North Bend, Oregon, he immediately began employment with Matthews Computer Center where he was a technician and developer of custom programs (1993-1996). This was followed by two years at D. B. Western, Inc. as Head of I.T. (1996-1998), and two years as Head of I.T. at Ocean Terminals. In 2000 he founded EPUERTO in North Bend, Oregon.

Allan Ledesma
Photo taken by Eddie Rodriguez | The Marshfield Times 2012

With Epeurto, Allan has created opportunities for youth in the community to participate in competitive soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track & field. The Epuerto soccer club is the oldest and most successful out of all the Epuerto Sports. Ledesma has been coaching soccer for almost 27 years and is a coach of one of Epuerto’s many soccer teams which consist of boys and girls from throughout the county. The Epuerto soccer club has been holding soccer camps for children for 17 years. Each camp is free and has an average of about 300 participants.

10th Annual Epuerto Soccer Camp

Besides being a webmaster and soccer coach, Ledesma also takes a lot of pictures. He works in conjunction with Oregontoday.net by posting his pictures on the website where community members can see and download any of the pictures for free. Initially, Ledesma wanted family members of his soccer players who were unable to attend games to be able to see highlights and his photography grew from there.

The first question I asked Allan Ledesma was what pushed him to create a business like Epuerto, and why he stepped into the digital market.

“I always was interested in technology as a kid and started to learn more about computers,” said Allan. “I started creating websites, logos, and advertisements for friends. Then their friends told their friends, then I decided to create Epuerto with all the business I was getting.”

I then asked Allan about the youth sports aspect of Epuerto, and what convinced him to enter into youth sports.

“The main reason was a little selfish because I liked playing, so I started coaching at Marshfield High School. Passion for the sport is what made me create Epuerto soccer club and it grew over time in the community” said Allan. “Now we have Epuerto Sports, I want to give every child an opportunity to play in a competitive or friendly sports environment.”

The final question I asked Allan was if you could give any advice to any entrepreneur about being successful, what would it be?

“Don’t be afraid to accept the challenge” said Allan Ledesma. “Always be upfront to your clients about not knowing something, but be willing to learn.”

Allan Ledesma has put a positive impact in the Coos County community and continues to be the principal, owner, and lead website developer of Epuerto & Epuerto Sports.

Day in the life of a Student-Athlete

College is hard enough, but being a collegiate athlete at the same time is a balancing act that has to be performed with excellence. As a student-athlete, I can say with first-hand experience that it’s not easy balancing school, sports, and work. I wanted to capture the daily grind of a student-athlete in a digital story created in Audacity using narration by my own voice recording and sample sounds.

The narration explains the daily life of a student-athlete in an hour-to-hour time frame from 5:00 am wake up to 2:00 am bedtime. The student-athlete goes through early morning workouts, three classes, and projects that are all due in 24 hours. Listen as a student from Lane Community College goes through a regular day as a student-athlete.

The Blog Graphic Designers Need

Graphic designers don’t know everything and need a helping hand every once and a while, but where do you go for help? Onextrapixel.com is a great online blog that covers graphic design topics such as how to make a portfolio stand out, how to use white space, and many other helpful tips to ease graphic designers minds.

A great resource from this page is How to Make Your Personal Portfolio Stand Out – 7 Must-Haves. It teaches you how to create an amazing portfolio that helps you find jobs or clients as a graphic designer. A portfolio is one of the most important things a graphic designer needs and should be made perfectly.

I believe Onextrapixel is produced in WordPress or could be run by a completely different engine.

Onextrapixel offers resources, tutorials, and freebies for a variety of subjects. Want to learn some new Photoshop tricks? Onextrapixel. Having trouble with your WordPress theme? Onextrapixel. Need inspiration while picking a font for your logo? Onextrapixel. From photography to illustration to social media, Onextrapixel has all of your bases covered. All in All, take a look at Onextrapixel.com

Chasing a Dream by Isaac Reyna

Hello, I’m Isaac Reyna, a 19-year-old graphic designer & collegiate athlete from North Bend, Oregon. I’m currently studying graphic design & multi-media at Lane Community College while playing soccer for the Lane Men’s Soccer team. I chose to attend Lane Community College to improve my portfolio, gain skills, and gain experience needed to become successful in the real world with the hopes of one day working and creating graphics for a professional sports organization.

I started to become interested in graphic design before I even knew what it was. As a young boy, I would edit photos or create product ideas on free online editing software and spend hours on hours of my free time just trying to put what was in my head into a picture on my screen. It was a way for me to use my creativity as an outlet from the real world. Before I graduated from high school I didn’t really think about what I was going to do for the rest of my life in regards to a career. I mainly focused on athletics, but I settled on becoming a police officer since I enjoyed the idea of chasing “bad guys” around town. I decided on attending Lane Community College as a stepping stone in my athletic career.

As college started I continued to be creative. I would create graphics for the Lane Men’s Soccer team on my free time and really enjoyed doing it. I then realized what my idea of fun was a job, and quickly researched graphic design. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to become a graphic designer. I called professionals in the field of graphic design and in professional sports since athletics is still a major part of my life, and want to create graphics for a professional sports organization someday. I asked, “what are the steps I need to take to do what you are doing as a career”. 

Now I’m here, studying graphic design and multi-media and loving every minute of it.