A loan of $5,000 helped purchase new equipment and get my General Contractor license.


Chris's story

I grew up in Dallas, Oregon and was part of a large family of artists. My father owned a ceramics shop, my mother was a painter, and my siblings all worked in the creative arts. I always loved painting. However, I also have a practical side and a passion for building and improving the buildings in which we live. So to make money, at 16, I trained in the Job Corps to be a carpenter. I was drawn to carpentry because I enjoyed seeing my labor improve buildings where people live, work, and shop on a daily basis. Also, carpentry gave me the opportunity to bring together the practical and artistic sides of myself. By listening closely and understanding my customer’s vision, I am able to design and build a project that meets and exceeds my clients’ expectations.

I was happy in Oregon but wanted to see the world. So at 32 years old, in 1999, I traveled to San Francisco and have lived here in the Tenderloin, ever since. In San Francisco, I continued to work as a painter between 2000 and 2004, and sold my work in several local galleries. As a day job, I plied by trade in the Tenderloin, repairing restaurants, hotels, and corner groceries. After 2004, I started devoting myself to carpentry and handyman work on a full-time basis. My dream is to grow my business as a general contractor so I can take on larger jobs and continue to improve the neighborhood.



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About Chris James Construction

Industry: Construction
Years in operation: More than 5 years


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