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Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Funding for small businesses and entrepreneurs can be challenging at times. Melissa Horton in an Aug. 12, 2019 article on Investortopia listed Lack of Capital as the number one reason why small businesses fail. She states. "Of the vast number of small businesses that fail each year, nearly half of the entrepreneurs state a lack of funding or working capital is to blame."
EMEA is bringing together a great panel of experts to discuss funding for small businesses and entrepreneurs and how those seeing funding can increase their chances of success in those efforts. Our panel will include Robyne Dodge-Little of Columbia Bank, Noah Brockman of the Capital Access Team for the Oregon SBDC Network, Kari Naone of TiE Oregon, and Barbara Broudy of Evergreen Business Capital. Join us for a riveting discussion on funding and how businesses can gain access to the capital they need.
Our Featured Speakers
AVP Branch Manager
Columbia Bank - Gresham Branch
Robyne Dodge-Little is the AVP/Branch Manager of the Columbia Bank Gresham Branch. Robyne has been in banking and branch management for over 30 years and has lived in Gresham and East County for well over 30 years. Robyne is passionate about maintaining strong relationships with her clients, so that she is able to identify opportunities to assist, while acting as a resource who is always looking for ways to problem solve.
Robyne has served on the Mt Hood Medical Center Foundation Board-Scholarship Committee, The Center for the Arts Foundation Board, the Family Assistance Board and is a member of the Gresham Area Chamber Resource Team, as well as a Board Member at the Friendly House in Portland. Robyne has maintained a strong commitment to the Gresham community and its residents for many years.
Noah Brockman, MBA, CGBP
Oregon SBDC Network Capital Access Team Lead
PCC Small Business Development Center
Noah Brockman leads OSBDCN’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.
Over the years he has worked with hundreds of small business owners on business planning and capitalization – helping to secure over $30 million 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). Noah is also the principal consultant at Pointman Consulting, LLC, of Portland.
Executive Director, TiE Oregon
Kari Naone joined TiE in 2015. She came to the TiE Oregon post after working as community and special events director for the Technology Association of Oregon. She sports a background in project management, marketing, and fundraising. TiE was founded in 2007 as an entrepreneurial organization offering mentoring and education. The organization also has an active angel investment group that has helped seed companies such as AppThwack, GlobeSherpa, and Zapproved. TiE Oregon seeks to further the success of innovation-driven enterprise in the entire state of Oregon. One of the objectives is also to bring the benefits of its national and international connections to local entrepreneurs, by inviting distinguished speakers, hosting delegations and connecting our members to other chapters in the TiE network. Another aim is to help members explore markets in other geographic regions and bring foreign investment into Oregon.
Vice President & Senior Loan Officer
Evergreen Business Capital
Barbra joined Evergreen Business Capital in 2016. She has of 20 years experience in banking and more than a decade in the business capital area. Evergreen Business Capital is the Northwest's leading SBA 504 Loan Program expert. As a Loan Officer for Evergreen, Barbara partners with lenders to provide financing of owner-occupied commercial real estate and equipment. 504 Loans provide low down payment; 10 or 20 year loan terms; low, fixed interest rate; and no balloon payments. Loan size can vary from $100,000 to $5.5 million, depending on the project and eligibility. Lower down payment allows the business more cash retention and provides working capital for further investments.
Office: (503) 292-8881Fax: (503)-292-8237
PO Box 422Gresham, OR 97030
East Metro Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 422, Gresham, OR 97030