Interview with Masaki Fujimoto: Back in Japan, and reflecting on his Portland experience working at the Encorepreneur Cafe.

Looking for a different career, Masaki Fujimoto happened across a gerontology class at Portland Community College.  It was a good move. Before working for the Encorepreneur Cafe you worked as an editor.  Can you talk a little bit about what you were doing pre-Encorepreneur Cafe (EPC)? How did you get interested in working with seniors? Read More …

Interview with The Encorepreneur Cafe’s Erin Schmith: Enjoying an opportunity to work with retirees in a cross-cultural setting

Working for a small team that is responsive to the community it serves appeals to Erin Schmith of The Encoreprenuer Cafe.   What were you doing prior to working at The Encorepreneur Cafe? I had just graduated with my Master’s in Arts Management from the University of Oregon the year I started at the Cafe. Read More …

Alyssa Gasca was planning to step back from her business in 2020. Then came the pandemic and social unrest. Read how she has handled different challenges.

Alyssa Gasca, owner of Spark Executive Solutions, was planning to take a break in 2020, then came COVID-19 and social unrest. Read how she navigates through it. In 2019, after 13 years of running her business, Alyssa Gasca was burnt out. She got everything in place so she would spend less time working and more Read More …

How is your Solo Business Surviving 2020? A few owners chime in.

2020 has been quite a year.  It’s been tough on many people who are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, fires, and social unrest.  How have solo businesses been fairing?  We reached out to a few Better, Smarter, Richer alumni, and ask how they are doing. Artist Susan Currington Thanks for reaching out and sending you Read More …

Mariah Hurlburt Financial Advisor: Enjoys the relationships with the clients

Helping people learn about money, and empowering them, is why Mariah Hurlburt likes her work. Name of business: Mariah Hurlburt, Financial Representative New York Life Insurance Company What the business does: Retirement Planning, Income Planning & Long term Care Planning Years in business:  I have been in business for 2 years, but New York Life Read More …

Jackie’s advice helps Martha Hull’s Cute and Deadly Art business grow

Martha Hull adapts and overcomes to grow Cute and Deadly Art Name of Business:  Martha Hull, LLC.  I go by Martha Hull’s Cute and Deadly Art, I run under the umbrella of an LLC. Years in Business: 9 What the Business does:  I draw and paint cute and deadly art, then I reproduce it and Read More …

Better, Smarter, Richer stands with Black-Owned Businesses

George Floyd’s death and the protests that quickly followed are reminders that injustice prevails. By Jackie B. Peterson Protesters are making their voices heard – once again – because equity has not been achieved.  COVID-19 has already disproportionately affected the black community’s health, and the resultant economic downturn impacted it even more (read this article Read More …

Sylvie Menegon credits Jackie for business tips

Menegon Company was up and running before owner Sylvie Menegon started working with Jackie.  Now she has more knowledge to boost her French Caramel Sauce business. Sylvie Menegon credits Jackie for business improvement tips and ideas. Name of Business: MENEGON Company. How many years in business: 2 years and 3 months. What the business does: Read More …

Small Business Builders Testimony: “The class has been helpful in exposing me to various considerations when starting a business.”

Small Business Builders Testimony: Bryan Cargill benefits from new ideas. I co-taught the Small Business Builders class with Kim Allchurch-Flick.  Bryan Cargill gave us some nice testimony: “This class has been instrumental in showcasing the different considerations that go into running a business. During our 12-week class learned techniques for finding clients, and meeting expectations. Read More …

UPDATE: Oregon Unemployment Benefits tutorial and AARP information, CARES, Pamplin grant, PPP , more

Oregon Unemployment Benefits and AARP information and more. This list is updated with small business COVID-19-related relief information.  NEW! Guide to re-open, recovery and resilience Here is a checklist developed by SBDC to help people get ready to re-open their businesses:  bit.ly/PCCSBDC_Recovery_Guide Questions about the State of Oregon Unemployment Benefits?  Watch this tutorial. Here is Read More …