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NEXT: Getting to the $Money$

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MEDP's NEXT Strategic Solutions Series for traded sector business, brings you a new installment with "Getting to the Money".  An interactive panel of financial experts will highlight a variety of resources and tools that will help YOU get to the money, whether you are an entrepreneurial start-up or an established growth phase company.

Representatives will discuss and share real world scenarios regarding the array of financial resources found through the SBDC, SCORE, CAT, SCALE, SBA, EDLF, Business Oregon and a variety of financial institutions, including:  Citizens Bank, First Federal and KeyBank.  Attendees will be able to learn from the experts and connect to the right solutions and resources for 'getting to the money'.

Register Today! Deadline is March 5, 2018



Celia Nunez, Director
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

SBDC services help small businesses at every stage – from pre-launch to exit – with the advice and tools needed to be successful. From free advising to capital access, we have the resources to help.

Celia has experience working in the private and public sector in the areas of project management, financial administration and leadership skills.

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Joanne Scharer, Business Adviser
Capital Access Team (CAT)

CAT advisers have specialized training in business finance and understand the financial landscape in their local areas, both traditional and nontraditional sources. The program challenges business owners to look at their financial models before determining the best path forward.

Joanne is an expert adviser, with a particular focus on start-up issues, assisting business owners in the development of business plans and loan

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Tyler Birman, Commercial Relationship Manager
First Federal Savings & Loan of McMinnville

Amongst the many lending options at First Federal, Tyler will highlight Commercial RE Construction Loans used to construct, rehabilitate or develop commercial properties.

Tyler is a Commercial Relationship Manager at First Federal Savings & Loan of McMinnville. He has 15 years of banking experience, including

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Noah Brockman Team Lead and Northwest Oregon CAT Advisor

The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network’s Capital Access Team (CAT) started in 2011 as a business advising “special team” dedicated to working with SBDC clients on getting projects funded. The CAT advising team assists business owners statewide via confidential business advising.

Noah Brockman leads OSBDCN’s Capital Access Team (CAT), the group that provides strategic business advising to SBDC clients statewide on

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Dennie Houle, Regional Development Officer
Business Oregon - Marion, Polk, Yamhill Counties

The Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund (EDLF) provides direct loans to help start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses expand or become established in Oregon. This fund fills a niche not provided through traditional lending markets.

Mr. Houle is a Regional Development Officer for Business Oregon, the primary economic development contact for businesses, agencies, and

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Teresa Smith, VP & Commercial Loan Officer
Citizens Bank

Teresa assists all size of businesses in a variety of ways, whether it be by assisting with the purchase of real estate or purchasing equipment no matter what size the company or the amount of the transaction. She's taken many businesses from a concept on a yellow legal pad to a viable business.

Teresa grew up and graduated from McMinnville High School and attended Oregon State University. She started her banking career in 1979 as a gap stop

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Eric Bergeson, Vice President/Senior SBA Specialist

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses.  Eric will highlight the SBA 7A program and how it can help your business grow.

Eric Bergeson has been a Vice President and Senior Small Business Administration (SBA) Specialist since 2014. With 26 years experience working in finance he specializes in



Steve Jensen, Mentor

SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers and 300 chapters.

Steve is a retired commercial banker with more than 40 years experience in the banking and credit union industry. He has helped numerous business owners

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Wednesday March 14, 2018
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus
288 NE Norton Lane
McMinnville, Oregon 97128



Event Registration includes lunch: $35.00

Registration DEADLINE is: Thursday, March 5, 2018

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Register today for MEDP's NEXT: Getting to the Money.

Limited seating is available.


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