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StaffTitleDepartmentsRoom NumberPhoneEmail
Athens, Kristy SBDC Business Advisor, Wallowa CountySBDCSBDC Wallowa Wallowa Resources 401 NE 1st St. Suite 13 Enterprise, OR 97828(541) 278-5864
DeLary, EricDirector SBDCSBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-12(541) 278-5863
Fowler, AndreaSBDC Administrative AssistantSBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-11 (541) 278-5833
Jones, AshleySBDC Business Advisor, Baker CountyBaker County, SBDCSBDC Baker City 2005 Washington Ave. Suite 102 Baker City, OR 97814 (541) 403-2003
Nelson, JeffSBDC Business Advisor, Baker County Baker County, SBDCSBDC Baker City 2005 Washington Ave. Suite 102 Baker City, OR 97814 (541) 403-2003
Schaafsma, LoriBusiness Adviser, Wallowa CountySBDCSBDC Wallowa Wallowa Resources 401 NE 1st St. Suite 13 Enterprise, OR 97828(541) 278-5864
Smith, Thomas SBDC Business Advisor, Umatilla CountyMilton Freewater, Pendleton, SBDCSBDC Pendleton 2411 NW Carden Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 Morrow Hall, Suite M-11(541) 278-5831

SBDC Staff

Eric DeLary , Director

 


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


Lori Schaafsma, Business Advisor Wallowa CountyLori Schaafsma

Areas of advising include Accounting (Bookkeeping) and Operations. She helps business owners "own" their financials by giving them a clear and easy understanding of the various numbers that reflect the pulse of their business. Having a background in retail sales, banking operations training and development, and family farming and ranching, Lori has the experience, skills and ability to find solutions for your business needs. If she doesn't know the answer, she will find it!

"Lori is a team player that will find a fun way to navigate the path to success! She pays attention to detail and searches for cost effective business solutions."

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