As a business owner and graphic designers, Tory takes inspiration from her rural Oregon town and its surrounding natural environments. Tory shares about her work and the challenges she’s faced in starting a creative business.Keep Reading
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Live Chats with Rural Women Entrepreneurs
Jalene Case – Jalene Case Coaching and Consulting
As a coach and consultant, Jalene works with growth-minded leaders and managers to stay focused on what matters most bringing 40 years of business experience and passion to her work!Keep Reading
Jessica Wright – Columbia Gorge Confections
Jessica’s story about how she launched a confections business in Hood River Oregon because chocolate goes well with wine is entertaining and enlightening. Jessica’s efforts to support her community and causes is especially touching.Keep Reading
Amarissa Wooden – Wild Coast Running Company
Launching a new business can feel like a sprint but once it’s launched it can quickly become more like a marathon. Amarissa has just completed her “sprint” by just opening Wild Coast Running Company in Coos Bay, Oregon.Keep Reading
Mary Gant – Bandon Rain Cider
Learn how Mary decided to get involved in this family cider start up, moving to Bandon, Oregon from California where she worked in the television industry and hear about some of the challenges launching a small cidery on the Southern Oregon coast.Keep Reading
Michelle Mausen – My Petite Sweet
Michelle Mausen, owner of My Petite Sweet, worked on growing her business, despite difficult circumstances.Keep Reading
Laura Anderson – Local Ocean Seafoods
Raised on eating salmon and lingcod for dinner, it was not until her college years at Oregon State University that she realized some of the most valuable natural capital on the planet was right outside her front door.Keep Reading
Robin Christy – Robin’s Closet
Robin Christy took her love of dressing up as a child and turned it into a business helping other women looking their best.Keep Reading
Vanessa Spriet – HelloMEDIO
Vanessa Spriet’s love for creating community and connecting and engaging community led her to launch HelloMEDIO and pursue her Masters in Digital Audience Strategy.Keep Reading
Stacy Green – Mentor Match Teen Entrepreneurship
Stacy loves working with rural teens to help them create and launch their own businesses. Learn how the Mentor Match Program has change teens lives and impacted rural communities.Keep Reading
Jess Felix – Polyhedra Arts
Jess is a ceramics artist focusing her work on functionality, education, and community building.Keep Reading
Michel Rose – Attorney, Bellwether Legal
Michel Rose, Bellwether Legal, answers questions about trademark and copyright laws along with insight on working from a rural location.Keep Reading
Allison Lamplugh – Lamplight Creatives
Allison shares how to overcome obstacles: make a SPLASH, find connections, and get online.Keep Reading
Ani Raas – Zenpui
Ani Raas, founder of Zenpui, discusses how rural women entrepreneurs overcome challenges while starting their businesses. She encourages us to get out there, be seen, and utilize resources.Keep Reading
Entrepreneur in Residence
I get excited every time I meet a new entrepreneur and I can't wait to hear their dreams! I enjoy helping clients focus and make the right connections to reach their business goals.
I have over 16 years experience as an SBDC adviser and instructor and have started and operated several businesses including a custom home construction business and an internet marketing service.