Jason Moon

How do your colleagues describe you?

Jason is a daily trail runner. He also absolutely goes the distance to build a strong business community, and has the right commitment and approach to building lasting relationships.

Why do you do what you do?

I truly love cultivating authentic relationships and making a positive difference in the daily lives of everyone I encounter. Although I have an immense fondness for everything music, collecting vinyl records and 80’s Pop Culture, my real passion is leveraging my expert knowledge and partnerships to create, identify, and develop opportunities for businesses to succeed.

Bio:

For over 15 years, Jason Moon has been working and advocating for small business clients in a variety of complex roles. His extensive professional background in manufacturing, technology, and financial services make him an empowering force for business owners. Jason, a military veteran with a degree in Business Administration, has been a trustworthy leader with a proven track record in banking, product and team development, marketing and business and community development. He’s experienced with successful implementation of engineering management systems, marketing and business development plans, social media strategies, website design and development, making him both creative and analytical minded.

Derek Tonn

How do your colleagues describe you?

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.

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EDUCATION:

Bethel University – B.A., Business (Marketing and Management emphases)

University of St. Thomas – M.B.A., Management

EXPERIENCE:

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.

Lisa Woods

How do your colleagues describe you?

A business professional with an entrepreneurship mindset, detailed oriented, goal driven, and who is willing to take on a challenge with focus and drive all while having a positive attitude.

Why do you do what you do?

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, I have a passion for helping others who are pursing their own business and enjoy helping them along the way on their journey.

Bio:

Lisa Woods brings 25 years of experience as a small business owner. She has an MBA, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Lisa is passionate about teaching and has taught business courses at a local college in San Diego County. She has a gift that rests in her ability to simplify complex topics, while also helping individuals navigate their growth by searching internally to help find their passion and ultimately helping them attain their life’s goals. Returning home to Roseburg, Lisa welcomes the opportunity to serve as Director of the Umpqua Small Business Development Center. She is excited to be a part of transforming lives and small business, one relationship at a time.

Ibrahim Alhussain

How do your colleagues describe you?

Coworkers have described me as a reliable leader and an excellent team player. A former coworker offered to write a letter of recommendation because of my excellent team leadership.

Why do you do what you do?

As a business owner and an entrepreneur, I have a passion for helping others achieve their goals. Idea sharing, energy building and innovation are areas I’m most passionate about when working with business owners. Uncertain times bring about many challenges but with those challenges and uncertainty comes great opportunity. I like to build the future, one entrepreneur at a time.

Bio:

Alhussain comes to MHCC most recently from the North Iowa Area Community College Pappajohn Center and North Iowa Area SBDC. There he served as the director of innovation and acceleration and was responsible for providing business consulting and accelerator services to start-up companies and existing businesses in all phases that improve their chances of success.

Prior to that, he held positions at the Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center serving as mentor, coach and advocate to early stage startups and was responsible for creating and commercializing over 70 startups and small medium enterprises for Aramco.

Alhussain earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as well as his MBA from Valparaiso University

Eric DeLary

How do your colleagues describe you?

Eric is personable, outgoing and always optimistic! He consistently offers a high level of creativity and ingenuity. It’s been a pleasure to work with Eric on different projects and initiatives.

Why do you do what you do?

I have been blessed with having gained experience and insight working for some iconic brands early in my career. This lead to me launching a brand management agency where I worked with entrepreneurs, small businesses, professional athletes, artists and emerging brands to develop business growth objectives, brand positioning, operational plans and marketing strategies. I’m extremely passionate about small businesses and the role they play in driving our economy and communities.

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Since his paper route and lawn mowing business at the age of 12, Eric has always loved the idea of being a business owner. After graduating the Community College of Vermont with an Associate of Arts Degree, he went on to pursue a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont and took a position with a small but growing brand at the time, Burton Snowboards. Over the next 2 decades Eric would get to work with other brands and businesses of all sizes and gain insight into a variety of industries while running his own Brand Management and Event Marketing agency. For the last 8 years Eric has worked with small businesses across the country while living here in the Pacific Northwest.

Gregory Price

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Greg has a passion for supporting others and building relationships. If he can’t help you he will find someone who can!”

Why do you do what you do?

We have an amazing team, fantastic resources and a lot of value we bring to small businesses and to the communities we are committed to serve. I enjoy using my years of experience in business development and working with businesses of all types to help our clients bring their dreams to reality.

Bio:

Greg has 20 years of business development experience. He has founded and operated successful for-profit and non-profit companies in the renewable energy industry where he developed a first-of-its-kind energy forecasting and reporting program. He has also worked in sales, marketing, policy, and has spent many years in consulting. He earned his MBA from Portland State University where he was also a part-time professor at the Graduate School of Business. He created and led the study abroad program focused on entrepreneurship, economics and sustainable development.

Greg holds certifications from/in American Management Association, US Dept of Commerce: Export Strategies, Advanced Leadership and Community Development among others.

Greg Smith

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Greg’s expertise in finance is unparalleled and he is a creative problem solver. He is an extraordinarily high energy successful entrepreneur.”

Why do you do what you do?

In addition to being the director for the EOU Small Business Development Center, I own an economic development company, but first and foremost, I love and am devoted to my family.

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Greg Smith is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Prior to starting, Gregory Smith & Company, LLC, Greg worked for the Port of Morrow as their Director of Finance. He not only assisted many businesses, but served as the Project Manager for the development and construction of Morrow Cold Storage. Over the last 25 years, he has traveled to 39 countries and five continents recruiting national and international companies to Oregon’s second largest port. This work included active participation in national and international trade shows, market analysis, targeted research and corporate site visits.

Rob Campbell

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Campbell is passionate about helping business owners create joy and wealth”

Why do you do what you do?

I believe that small business enriches our lives and communities, and that we have an opportunity to help business owners create joy and wealth in their businesses. As a Vietnam combat veteran, I am passionate about supporting veterans who want to continue their education to start a new business and help an existing business thrive and grow.

Bio:

In 2011, less than two years after participating in his first “Veterans Mean Business” class, the Small Business Development Center named Rob Campbell as its director. Rob’s leadership, strong expertise in system design, strategic innovation, and market and business development has been a great benefit to the SBDC and their small and large business owners.

Andrea Testi

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Andrea fosters a positive and supportive work environment and empowers her staff to pursue their own ideas and accomplish their goals.”

Why do you do what you do?

“The work I do is all about relationships, people and helping them accomplish their goals. It’s about listening, teaching, offering key advice and providing them tools to be successful. I’m passionate and excited about business. Being successful as a business adviser is my greatest contribution to my community. Our clients generate amazing economic results that ultimately benefits our whole community ways.”

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Andrea Testi is director of the Center for Business, Workforce and Community Learning at Treasure Valley Community College. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science. She has been a university librarian and has owned and managed businesses across multiple states. Having been a small business owner herself, Andrea understands the hard work that comes with starting and running a small business. She has been the TVCC SBDC Director since 2000 and shares her depth of business expertise with her team and clients daily.

Marshall Doak

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.”

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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.