How do your colleagues describe you?
Elisa is client-focused, empathetic, and ready to listen. Every person we work with comes to the SBDC at a different point in their business evolution, and Elisa is always ready to meet each business and individual exactly where they are in their trajectory. She shares real-world experiences and provides practical strategic advice.
Why do you do what you do?
I love being a part of the Portland small business community. I am passionate about our local food system and supporting makers. When I was thinking about launching my beverage business, I signed up for the Getting Your Recipe to Market (GYRM) course. It was such an incredible program. I learned an immeasurable amount about how to launch a food product, and have benefitted from the wonderful food community in Portland. Now that I have the opportunity to be on the teaching and advising side of the Getting Your Recipe to Market (GYRM) program, it feels great to be able to give back some of what I was given.
Elisa is a business adviser and co-facilitator of the Getting Your Recipe to Market program. In addition to launching her own line of beverage mixers, Elisa has worked as a Business Strategy Consultant, Creative Director, and UX Designer.