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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Free online tools, ideas help small business get through COVID19 crisis

Trying to figure out how to get through these trying times?  Many companies have stepped up to offer free online tools and ideas to help small businesses get through the COVID19 crisis. Guest post by Michelle Walch Solo businesses, especially when starting out, need certain online tools to get things running.  Then a pandemic hits, Read More …

Reprint from Northwest 50 Plus Magazine: Jackie interview about reinventing yourself as a solopreneur

Reinvent yourself as a ‘solopreneur’ by Maggi White 6-7 minute read (Reprint of interview with Jackie B. Peterson from northwest50plus.com) About 20 years ago, Jackie B Peterson sold her accounting firm and began consulting. At the same time, a fellow member of the PCC Small Business Advisory Board approached her and said, “I am going Read More …

Lynnette Hansen learns the value of her HR consulting business, thanks to Jackie’s coaching

Lynnette Hansen learns the value of her HR consulting business. Name of business: Your HR Resource, LLC Years in business:  3 months What the business does: Human Resource Consulting What led to the formation of your business? My HR Director position of 5 years was eliminated. What were you doing before? Human Resources for 45 Read More …