Small businesses that are actually hiring!

Congress has been under fire to pass legislation to help Main Street. Even though many small businesses are struggling, here is a handful of companies that are growing.

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Honest-1 Auto Care
Honest-1 Auto Care
Steve Grimes, the owner and operator, is second from left out in front of his Gresham, Ore. shop.
Location: 3 storefronts in Oregon
Employees hired in last year: 10
Total Employees: 15

Auto care is a recession-proof business. Up against tight budgets, families have been fixing the old car instead of laying out a serious hunk of cash for a new one. Steve Grimes, the owner of three Honest-1 franchise locations in Oregon, has hired 10 new staffers in the last year and he has his eye on a couple new locations. However, he is having trouble getting start-up funds from a bank. If he is able to get the other businesses started up, he will hire more employees.

Honest-1 auto care facilities have something for everybody: There are comfy chairs in the waiting area, plasma televisions, free coffee and tea, play stations for kids, "immaculate" bathrooms, and an internet café. And for every invoice, Honest-1 makes a donation to American Forest to plant a tree.

By Catherine Clifford, staff reporter

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