Women Entrepreneurs

WE are the Rural Women's Business Community

Join us for Live Chats with Rural Women Entrepreneurs from the Pacific Northwest. Learn about their exciting small businesses and startups and how they overcome the challenges to starting and running a business in small towns everywhere.

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Live Chats with Rural Women Entrepreneurs

Tory Schmidt – Tory Schmidt Sage DesignWorks and Spark Collaborative Studios

As a business owner and graphic designers, Tory takes inspiration from her rural Oregon town and its surrounding natural environments. Tory shares about her work and the challenges she’s faced in starting a creative business.

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Jalene Case Newport Oregon

Jalene Case – Jalene Case Coaching and Consulting

As a coach and consultant, Jalene works with growth-minded leaders and managers to stay focused on what matters most bringing 40 years of business experience and passion to her work!

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Jessica Wright - Columbia Gorge Confections

Jessica Wright – Columbia Gorge Confections

Jessica’s story about how she launched a confections business in Hood River Oregon because chocolate goes well with wine is entertaining and enlightening. Jessica’s efforts to support her community and causes is especially touching.

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Amarissa Wooden - Wild Coast Running Company

Amarissa Wooden – Wild Coast Running Company

Launching a new business can feel like a sprint but once it’s launched it can quickly become more like a marathon. Amarissa has just completed her “sprint” by just opening Wild Coast Running Company in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Mary Gant Bandon Rain Cider

Mary Gant – Bandon Rain Cider

Learn how Mary decided to get involved in this family cider start up, moving to Bandon, Oregon from California where she worked in the television industry and hear about some of the challenges launching a small cidery on the Southern Oregon coast.

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Laura Anderson – Local Ocean Seafoods

Raised on eating salmon and lingcod for dinner, it was not until her college years at Oregon State University that she realized some of the most valuable natural capital on the planet was right outside her front door.

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Vanessa Spriet – HelloMEDIO

Vanessa Spriet’s love for creating community and connecting and engaging community led her to launch HelloMEDIO and pursue her Masters in Digital Audience Strategy.

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Stacy Green Mentor Match Teen Entrepreneurship

Stacy Green – Mentor Match Teen Entrepreneurship

Stacy loves working with rural teens to help them create and launch their own businesses. Learn how the Mentor Match Program has change teens lives and impacted rural communities.

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Ani Raas – Zenpui

Ani Raas, founder of Zenpui, discusses how rural women entrepreneurs overcome challenges while starting their businesses. She encourages us to get out there, be seen, and utilize resources.

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Anne Whittington

Entrepreneur in Residence

I get excited every time I meet a new entrepreneur and I can't wait to hear their dreams! I enjoy helping clients focus and make the right connections to reach their business goals.
I have over 16 years experience as an SBDC adviser and instructor and have started and operated several businesses including a custom home construction business and an internet marketing service. 

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