We are located on the southern Oregon coast and cover Coos, Curry and western Douglas counties from the coastal mountain range to the Pacific Ocean.
Our mission is to strengthen and support an entrepreneurial culture. We do this through dedicated service to businesses that help our communities thrive.
Our advising and trainings cover a broad range of business topics, from starting a business to developing an exit strategy. Clients receive resources and tools, including market research, financial analysis, and business planning. Advisers listen to clients and work with them to develop long-term strategies to meet specific goals.
Our services and classes include:
Access to capital
Starting a business
and much more!
Contact us today at 541-888-7182 for help building a thriving business.
Derek Tonn Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC Director
The (SBDC) classes were fabulous. They really helped prepare you.
The Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center has been an invaluable resource during the planning process. With the help of SWOCC SBDC Director, Arlene Soto, the business plan came together.
Larry Brennan, Arch Rock Brewing
I would recommend to anybody starting a business to take a class. It’s very affordable and it’s worth it.
I love to meet people, share ideas, and write. Friends tease that I enjoy writing a little TOO much...as I have never met a keyboard that I couldn't wear out.
Why do you do what you do?
Helping individuals work to take their "big ideas," their hobbies and/or passions, and create a reliable and sustainable source of income (even creating jobs for several other individuals in the process) is easily the most enjoyable work I have ever done. Taking my decades of experience to try and help others have a rewarding career.
Bethel University - B.A., Business (Marketing and Management emphases)
University of St. Thomas - M.B.A., Management
Prior to my work with the Small Business Development Center in southwestern Oregon, I spent seven years working in higher education at two institutions in Minnesota, as well as 22+ years working full-time in creating and operating my own small business. I worked with approximately 650 clients across eleven time zones, working across .edu, .gov, .mil and .com industry sectors. I also worked for two years with the Small Business Development Center in southwestern Minnesota, advising dozens of clients across a broad collection of industries.
Mary's colleagues describe her as thoughtful, knowledgeable, resourceful, tenacious, kind, and enjoyable to work with.
Why do you do what you do?
When I started my first business I didn’t know how to start or what to do. I find that being able to provide clients with the resources and information they need through the entire process of starting their business is hugely rewarding. My clients describe me as a good listener who really cares about them and their business.
Mary grew up in North Bend and moved to San Diego as an adult. Mary developed the Employment Resources Center for the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. She completed her Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Institutional Administration. While living in San Diego, she worked at USIU/AIU where she was the System-wide Director of Facilities Management and was responsible for 7 campuses.
She owned a manufactured home business and became a real estate broker and a notary in Southern California. Upon returning home to North Bend, she began working with the SBDC to offer her vast experience to helping small businesses succeed.