Supriya Shanbhag

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Compassionate and creative, loves to collaborate and go the extra mile to assist clients in achieving their dreams. Brilliant and joyful, she brings great energy and warmth wherever she goes.”

Why do you do what you do?

“Transform yourself, transform your life”. Through conscious awareness, we all hold great power in transforming our lives into becoming compassionate, creative, loving and successful individuals. Conscious observation of life sparks creative action leading to success at all levels. I enjoy teaching and coaching people to tap into their inner power and achieve their dreams through transforming their life.

Bio:

Supriya is experienced in business development, software development and personal growth and wellness. She has worked for many years building software systems in India and for the Oregon Department of Revenue. Her cashflow app ProsperUs(Abacus) is being used by 300+ entrepreneurs in the United States. She has coached entrepreneurs in business planning, financial analysis, accounting, loan underwriting and access to capital. She conducts business classes for professional and personal success.

Supriya is an SBDC business adviser, consultant and life coach. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from OHSU. An avid singer and meditator, she is well-versed in Ayurveda and integrates personal care techniques in her coaching practice.

Nekol Pyle

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Nekol is a great communicator. She has our complete trust, and is a combination of unwavering loyalty, exceptional competence, boundless energy and a great person to boot.”

Why do you do what you do?

I thoroughly enjoy assisting business owners to help them create an organized and intuitive accounting process so they can focus their passion on growing their business with less worry and concern about the accounting process.

Bio:

Nekol entered the accounting field in 1993. In 1997, she started a small business in Vermont as a bookkeeper, financial manager, QuickBooks consultant, auditor and forensic accountant. As her business grew, she provided services across multiple industries, helping a wide array of small business owners implement the specific accounting processes they needed to become successful. In 2015 Nekol returned to the West and settled in eastern Multnomah County, where she found a need for her services among local small business owners. Her business continues to flourish, and in addition Nekol is excited and grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge as an adviser at the Small Business Development Center.

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

Gerri Raisanen

How do your colleagues describe you?

Gerri is always there to help answer questions. She is the cosmic glue the holds our center together.

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy working at the center because I grew up in this community and it is amazing to see how things have grown and changed. I want to help make a difference in our community. I enjoy working with the staff and our clients. We each learn from one another.

Bio:

Gerri has worked at the Small Business Development Center since 2007. Gerri helps clients schedule appointments with the business advisers and register for the classes that will assist them in their small businesses. She also provides support to the director, business advisers and Instructors. Prior to joining the SBDC, Gerri work as a claims analyst helping businesses process their unemployment claims.

Joe King

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Joe is a dedicated teacher and instructor that enjoys helping both students and small business owners succeed. He is an excellent communicator with an abundance of business experience coupled with common sense.”

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy and have a passion for teaching, coaching and mentoring. Small business is the backbone of our economy and a big part of the American dream, and I love helping individuals and small businesses fulfill their dreams. It is amazing watching and being a part of ideas becoming reality.

Bio:

Joe is local to the east county area. He served in the military before earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and an MBA. Joe has more than 30 years of experience in the Banking and real estate industries as well as founding and operating several small businesses. Joe has been a business instructor at MHCC for 12 years, teaching entrepreneurship, business, finance, accounting and economics. Joe has a wide and deep range of knowledge and experience in all areas of business, and can help you with startup, finance, marketing and management.

Guy Edwards

How do your colleagues describe you?

“It’s very rare you come across an ‘IT guy’ who can explain complex technical issues in such a simple and direct way.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I have been a technology evangelist even before my websites were recognized by the Wall Street Journal. Technology at your fingertips promised it could make a business owner more productive, efficient and successful with less money. Today this is all true, but there remains a knowledge gap. Which tools to use and how to use them? My passion is driven by bridging this gap for entrepreneurs.”

Bio:

Guy Edwards specializes in social media marketing and search engine optimization. After attending the Art Institute of Chicago, he went to work with large publications to help them transition from print publication to online subscriptions. He has pioneered e-commerce for businesses and distance learning courses for major universities. Guy now owns a company that develops and markets websites for organizations, including Animal Planet, Intel, Pendleton Woolen Mills and Willamette Egg Farms.