WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
"The SBA is empowering accelerators and startups that are on the cutting edge of successful, innovative new endeavors," said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. (Full Article Here)
"It is truly a testament to the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in Oregon that there are two recipients of the Growth Accelerator Fund competition here in the state,” said Portland District Director Camron Doss. “Having two distinct geographic regions in the District served by this funding is great news and will prove impactful."
Southern Oregon has a wealth of resources and events available that work to create an environment of support for startup businesses and entrepreneurship. Many of these events are free and open to the public or available at a very reasonable rate. Startup businesses and entrepreneurs can begin by exploring these resources and any community members who are interested in creating a stronger economy and a culture of local entrepreneurship are encouraged to make time to support these events.
Jessica Gomez Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rogue Valley Microdevices, the first Microelectronics Manufacturing Company in Southern Oregon.A founding member of the Sustainable Valley Technology Group and serves as the organization’s board president. Jessica spent this past summer traveling to Salem on a regular basis to participate on the “Job’s And Economy Team” for Governor Kitzhaber’s 10 Year Outcome’s Based Budget.
John “Jay” H. Harland is a partner and principal with CSA Planning Ltd., Southern Oregon’s largest and most tenured land use consulting firm. He joined the firm in 2004. Mr. Harland has experience with long-range planning projects that often involve special studies, policy development and technical research, analysis and mathematical models.
Michael Lynch is the Managing Partner in the Medford office of Moss Adams LLP. Mike has 34 years of experience in public accounting. As a tax specialist, Mike concentrates primarily on business and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. His areas of expertise include C-corporations, S-corporations, Partnerships/LLCs, and individuals focusing on comprehensive tax planning and compliance. .
Dr. Chris Maples, President of Oregon Tech, who became Oregon Institute of Technology’s sixth President in October 2008, believes that a large part of his job as president is to actively work and advocate for the students, faculty, and staff of Oregon Tech. Dr. Maples maintains open communication with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Oregon Tech, and schedules time to walk around all of the Oregon Tech campuses to visit with students, staff, and faculty. He has an open-door policy.
Mike Stadnisky, CEO of FloJo LLC., has experience with business unit leadership, building infectious enthusiasm, and forming strategic partnerships. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Virgiania in 2010. He worked as Application Manager, Vice-President and President of Tree Star Inc. before joining FloJo LLC as CEO in 2014.
Joan McBee is a Professor and Interim Dean for the School of Business. In addition she coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program and the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce. Joan also teaches marketing and business policy courses for the School of Business.