Veronica Lambert

How do your colleagues describe you?

Veronica is best described as an organized, thoughtful person who works well under pressure and always has a positive attitude. She is reliability, punctual and has great problem-solving abilities.

Why do you do what you do?

I love watching my community grow around me. The support and advice that comes from the Small Business Development Center can make dreams a reality. A good success story can inspire others to put their ideas out there. The SBDC can help guide those who are unsure about their business and make them an entrepreneur.

Bio:

Veronica has lived in the Rogue Valley for almost 30 years. While working for a Fortune 500 company, she helped over twenty dealerships across the country get their dealer and business licenses in working order. She enjoys the small business atmosphere of downtown and all the potential that it holds. She started her higher education at Rogue Community College and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Oregon University.

Deelia Warner

How do your colleagues describe you?

A team player that is customer focused and an asset to our community.

Why do you do what you do?

“Having worked with small business owners for most of my career I found business advisers at the SBDC to be invaluable partners in helping my clients become more successful in managing their businesses, or even, making their dream of becoming an entrepreneur a reality. Through the SBDC I can continue following my passion for helping small business owners in whatever way possible.”

Bio:

Deelia has been a member of the SBDC’s Advisory Council since 2006. For 25 years, Deelia has been involved in banking in Southern Oregon. Her last position was as the Vice President and Relationship Manager at US Bank – Business Banking in Grants Pass, Oregon. During her banking career, she specialized in business financing, customer relations, and other aspects of commercial banking.

Deelia likes to keep busy; going on road trips and enjoying the outdoors.

David Tally

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Dave is our go to startup and entrepreneurial resource.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I have been an active business owner in the local community for many years. My passion to help launch new entrepreneurs on a path that will allow them to enjoy the same satisfaction and benefits that I have experienced with my own small business over the years.”

Bio:

David has been a business adviser with the SBDC since 2010, having formerly worked as a trainer and business counselor for Southern Oregon Women’s Access to Credit. David has more than 30 years of marketing and business experience, 20 of which were with an international printing franchise company as a development and business consultant.

Kenny Houck

How do your colleagues describe you?

Kenny is the center’s rural economic development eyes and ears.

Why do you do what you do?

I am very active in the rural areas of Josephine County and I am involved with many different organizations that support responsible and sustainable economic development in our region. My focus is to provide everyone that is interested in, growing an existing business or simply starting a new one, the opportunity to succeed and have the services needed to accomplish their goals.

Bio:

Kenny is the Business Development Coordinator for the Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center at the Rogue Community College Kerby Campus. He has nearly 30 years’ experience as a sole proprietor and owner of a variety of small businesses. Kenny has been a project manager and coordinator for several community development projects. Equally comfortable in both the public and private sectors, Kenny brings a unique set of skills and perspectives to the SBDC.

Dorian Corliss

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Dorian is an excellent resource for any type of financial or banking advice.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I have been active in the community for many years supporting organizations like Rotary, and now the SBDC. Through my extensive experience with banking management, and understanding how to navigate the many potential paths to obtaining capital, I enjoy assisting individuals in successfully acquiring funds to empower the growth and success of their businesses.”

Bio:

Dorian has worked with the SBDC since 2010 offering expertise in business finances. He attended Rutgers University at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has been a CEO of three banking institutions in the Pacific Northwest and was instrumental in the formation of two of those banks. Dorian has also operated his own small business that developed a popular rafting water toy.

Tim Busald

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Tim is passionate, committed and a team player.”

Why do you do what you do?

“As part of the RCC SBDC team, I love working with businesses throughout the Rogue Valley region. My favorite part of my job is the gratification of knowing that we provide services, coaching and expertise that enables our clients to achieve life-long dreams and perform at their highest level. Our clients know they’ve made a friend who always has their best interest at heart.”

Bio:

Tim joined the SBDC team in 2012. He advises businesses on leadership, team building, product research and development, sales and marketing, financial analysis, capital formation and operations. He is also the program coordinator and instructor for the Avista Entrepreneurship Program at Rogue Community College. In 1996, Tim co-founded Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurants, Inc. and helped the company become an industry leader in the specialty casual seafood dining segment.

Ruth Swain

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Simply stated, Ruth converts dreams into reality. The impact of her efforts will be felt by generations to come. She works brilliantly with people from all socio-economic groups, is an outstanding speaker and presenter, and demonstrates the highest level of honesty and integrity.”

Why do you do what you do?

I am passionate about helping you achieve your dreams. Sharing positive ideas, energy and encouraging others who have a dream is the most rewarding thing on the planet! Most of us just need a bit of insight to take the next steps toward success. I also get to work at Mt. Hood SBDC with an amazing team that really cares about you and your business goals.

Bio:

Ruth is a small business champion and award-winning marketing and design expert. She has supported entrepreneurs and business growth for more than twenty years. Washington Magazine recognized Ruth for outstanding business marketing.

Ruth has received more than 20 Awards of Excellence for marketing campaigns, writing, web, television production, print and branding. She holds an international CFRE certification for lifetime achievement in strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing.