Gale Peterson

How do your colleagues describe you?

“She has lots of experience and is willing to help.”

Why do you do what you do?

“It’s so rewarding to see the light bulb moments when small business owners understand the importance of bookkeeping. When they run financial reports and can track their progress, I feel a sense of accomplishment.”

Bio:

Gale has been an SBDC adviser for more than 23 years. She also runs workshops throughout the year on QuickBooks.

Diane Mahoney

How do your colleagues describe you?

“Someone who truly cares and wants the best for all involved.”

Why do you do what you do?

“I work for the SBDC because I am so blessed to have learned so much over almost 22 years and I want to give back to anyone who is willing to work hard for what they believe in.”

Bio:

Diane advises businesses in the areas of start-ups, expansion, acquisitions, operational planning and marketing. She holds degrees in business administration, education and hospitality management and is the owner of a fruit and vegetable wash company. Diane also created and is an instructor for a Business Academy for Umpqua Valley Christian High School.

Sam Gross

How do your colleagues describe you?

“A true social media expert!”

Why do you do what you do?

“I was always the one that helped with social media because I was the ‘young one,’ but now I am not the young one anymore. I want to help other entrepreneurs because I know how difficult it can be.”

Bio:

Sam helps SBDC clients with their business plans and social media marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Oregon and a MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Sam owns two pizzerias in Roseburg, including one that doubles as a tap house.

Justin Deedon

How do your colleagues describe you?

Innovative, energetic and knowledgeable in social media, marketing and IT solutions.

Why do you do what you do?

The internet is like the wild west, eventually it’ll be a thriving environment for economic growth, but first it needs to be refined and made usable by all. My goal is to lower the barriers to entry to online business success by demystifying the internet and how it works in relation to your business. Students will leave my class with a better fundamental understanding of the internet and it’s potential.

Bio:

Justin Deedon is a UCC alumni who dedicates his entrepreneurial endeavors to bringing the full power of technology to Douglas County. He has worked on projects from data center development to low-cost IT support solutions for those in need. He continues his dedication to this cause by assisting SBDC clients in the areas of online marketing presence and system developments to demystify the difficult field of technology.