How do your colleagues describe you?
Meyer has shown an incredible capacity for compassion, the ability to help address the challenges many of our business owners face, and wonderful listening skills. He is also a great colleague, bringing a spirit of generosity and a willingness to pitch in where needed and lead efforts to ensure that our team has access to all available information and resources.
Why do you do what you do?
As a Clatsop SBDC small business adviser, I have counseled business owners through one of the most challenging business environments seen in recent memory. I am especially proud of our work to create an entirely new entrepreneurial educational curriculum and have since led our Start-up Boot Camp course, which ushers entrepreneurs through the business planning process.
The opportunity to work closely with Clatsop County small business owners is incredibly rewarding and has allowed me to fully reengage with the community where I grew up. I have a deep-rooted passion for counseling and supporting those who are working to build successful businesses—and by extension build successful and fulfilling lives.
Meyer Freeman took on the role of Lead Business Adviser in March 2023 after three years as a part-time SBDC adviser, during which time he specialized in supporting those working to start their small businesses. Originally from Knappa, Meyer returned to Clatsop County after a 20-year career in Portland with nonprofit Sport Oregon. He has advised more than 200 local entrepreneurs and business owners, and recently launched his own business, Playful Pickleball, which offers pickleball lessons and coaching on the North Coast. Meyer also serves on the advisory board of Playworks Pacific Northwest and the board of directors of Knappa Kids Athletics.