Welcome to the Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center!
Let our experienced team guide you in building a successful business!
We are located in the beautiful Rogue Valley and serve southern Oregon business development needs from offices in Medford and Ashland. As part of a statewide network of dedicated advisers, we deliver exceptional quality advising and training programs to assist your business with:
Planning – From idea initiation to concept development, formal business plan development and exit strategies
Finding resources – Including capital, export markets, specialized training and research assistance
Ongoing training opportunities – For executive skill development and networking
Advising – Confidential directed advice and specific mentoring to solve business issues and improve profitability and resiliency
We are invested in building an entrepreneurial climate in southern Oregon that fosters the creation and success of a diverse business community. We want to build businesses that create wealth, grow the community and have a successful succession when the business owner is ready to exit.
Contact our center at 541-552-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org to start building your business today!
Marshall Doak SOU SBDC Director
It’s so neat, when you start writing your ideas and later you look back and all this stuff you fabricated became real. And that wouldn’t have happened without SBDC.
Theresa Delaney, Portal Brewing Company
The SBDC is an amazing resource for business owners and entrepreneurs. My business, knowledge, skills and confidence have all grown with their support. The seminars, classes and events held at the SBDC have all been engaging and very informational. This program is a priceless gift to our community, one that I recommend to anyone in business or hoping to be in the future.
Mary Fitzsimmons, Rogue Valley Tutoring Center
The SBDC actually helped me figure out how to write a business plan. They’ve helped me understand what it takes and how to project realistic numbers, which I never knew how to do before.
Deena Branson, Branson's Chocolates
We were able to go into business with confidence as a result of the assistance the SOU SBDC office provided us as we were working on the logistics of opening a business.
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How do your colleagues describe you?
"Marshall has a passion for helping small businesses grow and thrive. He enjoys the satisfaction of assisting entrepreneurs with the creative process and realizing their dreams while building wealth."
Why do you do what you do?
"I have spent my career improving the operations of companies in the Northwest. I believe entrepreneurs are challenged with increasing difficulties in today's economy, and I am dedicated to providing the best resources to help businesses address the myriad of challenges they face."
Marshall's first career was with horticulture corporations manufacturing products in an industrial environment. He's spent years working with companies to open facilities, revamp operations as turn-around's to build profitability, and to develop internal operations and processes to produce uniform products. After earning his MBA in Technology and Information Management, Marshall has led both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. He continues to improve his skills to remain an effective resource to the small business community.
"Having created and managed two small business, Colin understands the challenges and rewards of starting a business. She combines her private business experience with her HR expertise in creative ways."
Why do you do what you do?
"Using my human resources experiences, I am able to aid small businesses to focus on developing, training and successfully managing employees and organizations."
While working in Silicon Valley, she built a successful consulting business providing services to Fortune 500 companies and coaching executives at numerous high tech start-up companies. Since moving to the Rogue Valley she helped build and co-owned a successful computer repair company, worked in senior HR roles for Southern Oregon University and for several local companies. Colin holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
"A people person who enjoys working with small business owners and making a positive contribution to society."
Why do you do what you do?
"Working directly with business owners fulfills one of my goals in life: to make a difference. We exist in a global community, and while it may seem overwhelming, the one-to-one interaction with SBDC clients allows us to positively affect peoples’ lives. Advising is win-win communication; both parties have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and it is tremendously rewarding."
Jack has worked with business owners his entire professional career. As an account representative for 3M Corp. and as an independent manufacturers' representative, Jack assisted wholesale distribution businesses to increase market share and manage profits. Since 2006, Jack has applied these experiential skills to the SBDC by working directly with businesses, first as Director of the SOU Small Business Development Center, and continuing as an adviser. Jack's areas of expertise include business start-ups, financial projections, marketing, sales, and strategic planning. Jack has a Masters in Management degree from Southern Oregon University.