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.

Bio:

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.

Gina Perkins

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Gina has a great sense of humor and loves a challenge! She understands rural eastern Oregon very well and intricacies of navigating relationships in family owned businesses.”

Why do you do what you do?

It is very rewarding to help entrepreneurs move from a business concept to a successful launch. Every new job in rural northeastern Oregon has an extraordinary impact on the local economy and working with business owners to help ensure their growth and continued success is something I am very passionate about.

Bio:

Having been a Business and Employment Specialist with WorkSource Oregon, Gina Perkins has experience in acceptable hiring practices, can assist in drafting appropriate and effective job listings, and provide guidance in the interview process. She also shares with business owners the services offered by the Employment Department, including unemployment, and can provide extensive research utilizing QualityInfo.org. Having owned small businesses, Gina understands firsthand the day-to-day issues entrepreneurs face.