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StaffTitleDepartmentsRoom NumberPhoneEmail
Athens, KristyWallowa County SBDC Business AdvisorSBDCSBDC Wallowa Wallowa Resources 401 NE 1st St. Suite 13 Enterprise, OR 97828(541) 278-5864
Becktold, TerryUmatilla County SBDC Business AdvisorSBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-11(541) 278-5833
Fowler, AndreaSBDC Admin. Asst.SBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-11 (541) 278-5833
Frink, CarolSBDC DirectorSBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-11 (541) 278-5863
Nelson, JeffBaker County SBDC Business AdvisorSBDCSBDC Baker City 2005 Washington Ave. Suite 102 Baker City, OR 97814 (541) 403-2003
Smith, ThomasUmatilla County SBDC Business AdvisorSBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-11(541) 278-5833

SBDC Staff

Carol Frink

Carol Frink, Director

Began studies at Blue Mountain Community College

Continued studies at the Institute of Financial Education and The Benj. Franklin Federal Savings and Loan and Bank of America 

12.5 years Banking, Bank Manager and Assistant Vice-President
2 Years General Manager Oregon Trail Homes 

23 Years Self-employment –
Carol Frink, Consulting
Chelsea Creek
Real Business Solutions, LLC

Areas of expertise; business strategy, planning, marketing, financial projections and analysis, succession planning, manufacturing and trade shows.  


Jeff Nelson -cropped

Jeff Nelson, Business Advisor Baker County

Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Lewis Clark State College.
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration from Idaho State University.
Graduate of the Ford Family Community Development Cohort 4

Business owner Baker City Clothes Outlet for 15 years.

Area of Advising: Start-ups, Business Plans, Business Expansion, Marketing, Business Finance, Social Media, Community Networking.

 


Kristy AthensKristy Athens, Business Advisor Wallowa County

Kristy has an M.S. in Food Systems and Society from Marylhurst University and is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living (Process Media). She was a freelance writer, editor and project manager for more than two decades. Her areas of expertise include start-ups, public relations, traditional and online marketing, and alternative financing.

 

"Wallowa County is a very special place that requires people to be flexible and creative in order to find success. I love helping others formulate a plan to make a life here."


Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith, Business Advisor Umatilla County

"I was born and raised is eastern Washington, graduating from Kennewick High School in 1999. I opened my first business, TJ’s Pest Control, in spring of 2007. My second business, Between The Buns Restaurant and Hot Dog Cart opened in summer of 2009. I operated both business until summer of 2012 when I sold my pest control company and expanded my restaurant and catering business. Over the years I openly helped other business owners whether they were competition or not. In the spring of 2018 my wife and I sold our home and business and relocated our family including our 4 kids and my parents to a large piece of property outside of Pendleton. I had planned on opening another business, but when I found this position I was thrilled to be able to help other entrepreneurs wade into self-employment.

My areas of expertise include start-ups, customer acquisition, costing analysis, marketing, networking, social media use, staff training, sales/service, and branding."  - Thomas Smith


Terry Becktold, Business Advisor Umatilla County

Terry Becktold

 

Attended Southern Oregon State College
17 years banking experience

28 Years Self-employment
21 years as the owner of a Farmers Insurance Agency
Mortgage Loan Service
Xerox Agent

20 years Community Services:
Airport Commissioner
Pendleton Air Museum
Oregon Hunters Assoc.
Chamber of Commerce

Areas of advising include: Start-ups, business expansion, acquisitions, operational planning and marketing.

SBDC Website 

Phone: 541-278-5833Email: sbdc@bluecc.edu

SBDC Pendleton
2411 NW Carden Ave.
Pendleton, OR 97801
Morrow Hall, Suite M-11

SBDC Hermiston
975 SE Columbia Dr.
Hermiston, OR 97838

SBDC Milton-Freewater
311 N Columbia St.
Milton-Freewater,
OR 97862

SBDC Baker City
2005 Washington Ave.
Suite 102
Baker City, OR 97814

SBDC Wallowa
Wallowa Resources
401 NE 1st St.
Suite 13
Enterprise, OR 97828