Kayla Banda

How do your colleagues describe you?

My colleagues often describe me as the “duality queen,” centered between fun and down-to-business, art and commerce, concept and structure. Balance rules!

Why do you do what you do?

Small business brings empowerment to entrepreneurs, their families, their communities and our greater society. When individuals are allowed to share their voices through something as powerful as business, we’re one step closer to a future that represents us all. I do what I do so that others can share their voices and make their dreams come true.

Bio:

Kayla brings five+ years of helping clients start and grow their businesses, with focuses on marrying brand and business model, art-based business, jumping the growth chasm and marketing strategy that works. With a BS in Marketing and an MBA under her belt, she brings structure to business strategy development and implementation. Kayla also co-owns a small creative company which shares the balance of creation through film projects and other creative mediums.

Betsy Walton

How do your colleagues describe you?

A team player with a can-do attitude, a doer who is organized and detail oriented.

Why do you do what you do?

In 2008, I took the class GYRM and enjoyed it tremendously. Now it is my time to give back and share my knowledge and experience while I still have it!

Bio:

Betsy grew up in Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from University of Oregon, she began her professional career with 22 years in the retail industry working as an apparel buyer and store manager for local specialty and department stores. Betsy moved on to Adidas working as a product and sales manager for 17 years.

In 2008, Betsy took the Getting Your Recipe to Market program through PCC SBDC and became a food entrepreneur.

Two years ago, Betsy joined the Getting Your Recipe to Market team as a business advisor and enjoys working with new food entrepreneurs.

Bruce Melzer

How do your colleagues describe you?

Bruce is a highly valued CAT Team member committed to assisting clients achieve their capital goals. He articulately communicates complex ideas, and he’s fiercely committed to exploring the world’s finest alpine trails.

Why do you do what you do?

After years as a business journalist, writing from the sidelines about how businesses succeed or fail, it’s rewarding to be able to step in to help businesses take action to succeed.

Bio:

Bruce Melzer is a Strategic Advisor with Oregon SBDC Network’s Capital Access Team. He specializes in helping small businesses owners with business planning, finance strategy development and accessing debt and equity funding.

His diverse career ranges from work with energy efficiency start-ups and established firms, to radio, newspaper and web business journalism to business development at NPR. Bruce holds an MBA and an MS in Journalism, both from Columbia University, as well as a BS from UC Davis.

Terry Long

How do your colleagues describe you?

Terry puts the business owner at ease with his ability teach accounting clients so are able to grasp the concepts and develop strategic business decision to strengthen, grow and increase their profitability.

Why do you do what you do?

I get excited when I see a small business owner light up when they understand an idea or concept. Their enthusiasm to develop action plans for their success is very personally rewarding. I enjoy the diversity of clients I meet, with a goal of creating a partnership with the SBDC today and in the future.

Bio:

Terry leads the Small Business Builders series. He is an instructor for Understanding Your Financial Statements, Inventory Management I & II, and Building a Budget. He assists small business owners with strategic planning. He is also a member of the Capital Access Team. Terry has an MBA from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Linfield College. He is a graduate of the America’s Community Bankers National School of Banking.

Hannah Kullberg

How do your colleagues describe you?

Hannah is full of energy and creative solutions. She is an amazing connector and collaborator. She is personable, intelligent, professional, and I look forward to every interaction!

Why do you do what you do?

Business is one of the nimblest vehicles to drive system change. Entrepreneurs hold the innovative ideas that could change the world. It gives me joy to support their success and see the world evolve. In building my business I learned many things the hard way, I aspire to help founders level up more quickly and skip the mistakes I made.

Bio:

Hannah grew up amongst the trees in Portland, Oregon. In college, she studied food systems and worked on an organic CSA farm. Returning home, she served on the Food Policy Council, while also experiencing the power of business to make immediate impact. She co-founded Better Bean Co, growing it from farmer’s markets to national distribution. She sold the business to Hain Celestial, where Hannah became Brand Manager.

In 2019, Hannah started supporting natural food startups as a consultant and SBDC business adviser. Hannah is also a holistic health coach & leads a women’s new moon group. She is fortunate to be the mother of two young children.

David Kohl

How do your colleagues describe you?

David is friendly and kind yet intense at times. He is well-connected and experienced across many industries and levels of engagement, and he brings unusual insight and valuable perspective.

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy broadening my perspective. If I can assist someone to feel inspired and empowered in their personal journey, it moves me forward as well. The SBDC is a great place to interact with and assist a wide range of people and industries, allowing me to leverage the resources I have developed over time and apply them in a manner that can positively impact our community.

Bio:

David W. Kohl is the Global Trade Liaison for the OSBDCN Global Trade Center. He is a Department of Commerce certified international trade adviser with a mission to identify and realize global opportunities for individuals and organizations. David has specialty expertise in cross-cultural relations and in particular the East Asia region. David’s extensive international network and deep experience working with fortune 500 companies, top-ranked universities and government agencies around the world provide his clients with a unique set of resources and opportunities that create a distinct advantage in a dynamic and competitive world. David’s clients have included The Embassy of the United States of America in Beijing, DuPont, Nike, Intel, Logitech, and security agencies at the Portland International Airport.

David is a federally appointed member of the District Export Council of Oregon and also serves as International Trade Liaison for the State of Oregon’s SBDC International Trade Center. David is a NASBITE Certified Global Business professional (CGBP) and Certified CGBP trainer.

David has served two terms as President of the Northwest China Council, remains on the Executive Committee, and additionally, sits on the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Confucius Institute at Portland State University. David also teaches as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of Portland.

David holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Oregon, a Master of International Management (MIM) from Portland State University and has earned diplomas from Beijing Language and Culture University as well as the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

Yevette Johnson

How do your colleagues describe you?

Yevette is someone I can count on to have answers. She is supportive, friendly and dedicated.

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy hearing the variety of people’s ideas and being a part of making their dreams come to fruition.

Bio:

Yevette was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She came to Oregon to attend Oregon State University. After leaving college she worked in retail management for several years before joining the SBDC team as a data entry assistant in 1992. Yevette currently serves as Portland SBDC’s Program Specialist and lead Orientation Instructor.

Her 25+ years of experience makes her an obvious “go to” person for support throughout the Oregon SBDC Network. Her historical knowledge and familiarity of the systems give her an ability to predict the impact any new systems will have on both clients and support staff, and she is frequently tapped to provide support to staff throughout the network.

Sean Harry

How do your colleagues describe you?

“I always enjoy the playful way Sean engages his audience to participate, fostering an adult learning environment going beyond the lecture.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I believe that small businesses are different. They are most often an extension of the business owner into the world. Profit is important to small business, but so is the need to create something that uniquely expresses themselves and adds meaning to their life. I do this work because it is extremely rewarding to watch people create a business that brings them wealth while helping them live their lives to the fullest.”

Bio:

Sean brings together the existential needs and the business challenges of the 21st century. His unique blend of training and experience are from two seemingly different worlds: divinity and business. As a pastor, he walked with people through life’s spiritual events. Returning to school after that career, he received a master’s degree in business. He now teaches and advises small business owners on how to start and grow a successful business.

Scott Goddin

How do your colleagues describe you?

Amusing, knowledgeable, committed

Why do you do what you do?

International trade can be a real boost to a company’s bottom line but being comfortable in exporting can involve a series of challenges. Helping firms overcome those obstacles, whether large or small, has always been most rewarding for
me.

Bio:

Mr. Goddin was the Director of the Oregon office of the U.S. Commercial Service from 1997-2018. In this role, Scott counselled hundreds of businesses in sectors ranging from aviation and high tech to power generation and higher education on export business development. He also worked closely with economic development partners throughout the region on designing and offering trade capacity building and related training programs.Scott worked in the international trade field for more than forty years including more than 35 years with the Department of Commerce. At Commerce, he managed trade negotiation and business counseling portfolios covering China, Korea and Taiwan as well as multilateral issues including standards and government procurement under the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Scott has also had short assignments with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and with the Subcommittee on Trade of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Noah Brockman

How do your colleagues describe you?

He is a team player, helpful, knowledgeable, and a good listener

Why do you do what you do?

To be of service and to do interesting work.

Bio:

Noah Brockman leads the Oregon SBDC Network’s Capital Access Team (CAT), the group that provides strategic business advising to SBDC clients statewide on access to capital, business planning and financial analysis. Noah has worked with the Portland Community College SBDC since 2008, where he facilitates Profit Mastery and the Small Business Management II program.

He has worked with hundreds of small business owners on business planning and capitalization – helping to secure millions of dollars in capital. His professional background includes management consulting, strategic planning, financial analysis, program management, market research and international affairs.Noah has an MBA from the University of Portland with a focus on entrepreneurship. He holds certifications in Project Management, Profit Mastery, and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).