Brandon Steinman

How do your colleagues describe you?

My friends and colleagues describe me as an analytical and thoughtful person. I have been told I get along with anybody, and I certainly strive to make that true.

Why do you do what you do?

I believe everyone should be able to achieve a successful career and derive satisfaction from their work. Aligning human capability with business operations and problems is the ultimate puzzle that I love to help people solve.

Bio:

Brandon has a Masters in Organizational Behavior and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and is a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resources Management.

Brandon currently works in Learning and Development for The Boeing Company as an Employee Development Specialist. He has held a number of positions at Boeing in HR. Before joining Boeing, he consulted for small businesses in the area of organizational performance.

DeAnna Tapia

How do your colleagues describe you?

Como la India Maria…Ni de aqui ni de aya

Why do you do what you do?

I love the community and the possibility of what the community can do with just a little information and someone to walk next to them.

Bio:

DeAnna started her own Interpreting business after working as a volunteer assisting limited English speaking Community members maneuver their way through different life challenges. Although, she had to business administrative experience, she knew how to network and find answers. 15 years later, she serves the community in many different ways by helping people find that “American dream” that many come to the United States looking for.

Tatyana Sukhodolov

How do your colleagues describe you?

Tatyana exudes a positive and steadfast energy to everything she does. She exemplifies a clear, heart-felt dedication to making a difference and serving others.

Why do you do what you do?

I thoroughly enjoy working with a variety of clients and helping them succeed on their business journey by connecting them with the right people, tools and resources. I also like the daily variety, challenges and excitement of my job.

Bio:

Tatyana provides support to the small business community through the coordination of training and advising. She assists with day-to-day operations of the Center, provides administrative support to SBDC staff, and coordinates development, scheduling and continued improvement of SBDC training events. Tatyana obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Corban University.

Silvia Lopez

How do your colleagues describe you?

Silvia brings a unique skill set, perspective and great ideas to the table. She has an incredible ability to turn problems and challenges into solutions and opportunities.

Why do you do what you do?

I like helping others in any capacity I can.

Bio:

Silvia’s work experience has been centered around helping people. She started by assisting the elderly with their daily lives at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. Later, she became a substitute for the Salem-Keizer School District. Assisting her sister’s photography business sparked her interest in business, and she earned her AAOT at Chemeketa Community College to aid her in the pursuit of that interest. She decided to apply at Chemeketa’s SBDC because it best aligns with her interests and desire to help others. Silvia firmly believes that helping others with their business ventures helps build a stronger community.

Valerie Fry

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Valerie is a dedicated, strong collaborator and team player who consistently brings her A-game. She is an intuitive professional and her interpersonal skills are matchless” You can count on her to deliver.

Why do you do what you do?

“I am incredibly passionate about community, small businesses, career technical education, and youth. I’m always in awe of the hard work and dedication that comes from entrepreneurs. They are dreamers, go-getters, and some of the hardest-working people I know. Their dedication to providing products and services to the community inspires me. I am driven to help them in any way that I can.”

Bio:

Valerie is a dedicated community advocate. She has experience working in the private and public sector in the areas of event planning, program development, logistics, banking, legal administration, loan processing, workforce development, career technical education, fundraising, marketing, and recruiting. Valerie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She is dedicated to building strong relationships in the community and helping others succeed.

Sarah Whitney

How do your colleagues describe you?

Friendly, Vigilant, Trustworthy, Fun!

Why do you do what you do?

I love people. I love validating people, encouraging them, and helping people live in their God-given purpose.

Bio:

Sarah offers friendly business advice centered around online sales process improvement. She is known for helping businesses in and around Salem Oregon with their online presence. Sarah can provide technical branding advice and marketing tools to help you grow your profit margin while maintaining your life’s purpose as a business owner/entrepreneur. Sarah firmly believes in the power of online systems and profit first planning.

Joanne Scharer

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Joanne is a creative thinker and immensely talented. She is a consummate professional, effective and passionate about making a difference.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I support small businesses because of the role they play in the overall well-being of our communities. They are not only a vibrant part of the fabric of our economy but they are often the catalysts for change and making a difference. It’s an honor to work with clients. They share their dreams and goals, but also their frustrations and challenges. It takes courage to reach out for assistance and to willingly receive support.”

Bio:

Joanne is an expert adviser, with a particular focus on start-up issues, assisting business owners in the development of business plans, financial advising, capital access, and coaching for established businesses.

Joanne holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning. In addition to her work at the SBDC, she is a freelance writer and editor and has also worked as public policy consultant for a variety of nonprofit and public agencies.

Jim Parks

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Jim is a small business cheerleader, enthusiastically guiding owners on their path to success.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I am a small business adviser for a whole host of reasons. Small businesses are the engine of our economy, an outlet for innovation and creativity and provide the opportunity to develop a nontraditional work-a-day lifestyle. It is my pleasure to work with people who take their futures into their own hands and make a go of it. Every day I look forward to collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping move them toward their goals.”

Bio:

Jim’s focus is on getting small businesses up and running. Starting with business plans and moving through marketing and QuickBooks, Jim will get you off on the right foot. Jim has many years of personal experience as an entrepreneur. He owns several companies which he has built from scratch and is always willing to share his experience with others. If you are searching for an adviser who can address issues from top to bottom, he is the adviser to contact.

Jim has a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science/International Affairs and Master’s in Business Administration.

Angie Oven

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Angie is a problem solver and great at critical thinking. She can execute creative solutions no matter the issue.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I love retail, but it’s harder than ever in this quickly changing marketplace! I have spent many years mastering inventory management and cash flow, retail merchandising and managing staff, and I am passionate about mentoring other business owners through their own road map to success. I believe successful businesses learn and grow from being supported by their peers.”

Bio:

Angie has owned and operated a retail store in Downtown Salem for 12 years. Her background includes an Air Force career as well as a career in banking, specifically focused in business banking prior to buying her store.

Angie is an expert in bringing a systems focus to your business, from staff to operational processes and strategic planning. Her expertise also includes all things related to scaling your retail business, from inventory management to merchandising, sales process, and staff coaching.

Don Lundberg

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Don brings a lot of experience to everything he does. He is listens and works hard to help clients succeed. He focuses on results.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I’ve worked with small businesses my whole life and admire entrepreneurs’ passion, persistence, and courage to take a risk. These qualities make our communities grow and prosper. It’s exciting to work with them as they develop new products, services, and processes. Competing with the “big box stores,” they must continually be innovative.”

Bio:

Don’s primary background is in accounting and finance. He had a CPA tax and bookkeeping practice for several years. As a community college instructor, he taught classes in economics, accounting, financial reporting, human resources, and banking. He currently teaches QuickBooks, financial, and systems classes to entrepreneurs. Don has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. While a small-town banker, he served on many nonprofit and foundation boards.