Small Business Advising
Complimentary Advising Sessions
The Small Business Development Center at COCC offers confidential, one-on-one, complimentary, professional business advising services to small business entrepreneurs throughout Central Oregon. The SBDC advising staff can assist you to start new businesses, expand your market, and plan for resiliency. We are here for all stages of your business's life cycle.
The Small Business Adviser team is comprised of a group of experienced business leaders who can help advise you on innovative ways to achieve your business goals.
Meet Our Adviser Team:
Sue is a professional consultant specializing in business start-up, strategies and planning. Her first firm was built in 1994 when finances and opportunities for entrepreneurs were varied and abundant. She and her husband, Steve, have two successful local businesses and continue to help businesses grow in today's challenging economic and customer-driven environment. After 30 years in the Phoenix metro area and traveling nationwide, Sue and Steve are proud to call Central Oregon home.
Small Business Management Program Coordinator
Central Oregon with a focus on Bend, Redmond, Prineville & Madras
Born in Seattle and raised in the South, Keith Sherrill has a genuine love for the Pacific Northwest that was established at birth. Like the salmon, he has returned! Keith served most of his adult life in the US Army, quickly rising in the ranks within the elite 75th Ranger Regiment and 160th SOAR.
Upon exiting the military, Keith applied his lessons learned and leadership to his own entrepreneurial pursuit; he built an award-winning microbrewery and beer brand from the ground up. In addition to his experience as a practitioner, Keith holds an MBA from The College of William & Mary and is a graduate of the Stanford GSB's Ignite program.
Central Oregon with a focus on Bend & Sisters
Maureen has a strong background in banking and enjoys exploring funding options with clients looking for capital. She has also worked in the real estate business as well as owning a wholesale and retail bakery. Having started and run her own successful business, from concept to reality, she is amply qualified to advise other potential entrepreneurs. A long-time Central Oregon resident, Maureen has a handle on the region's resources.
José has owned restaurants for more than 20 years and often works with clients who want to start food-related businesses. He also serves as the SBDC's Veteran liaison, drawing from his own experience in the U.S. Army. José has always had a passion for computer programming, and as a bilingual adviser, he is well positioned to help both our English- and Spanish-speaking clients with the particular challenges that can arise with technology.
Central Oregon with a focus on Bend & Redmond
Dave Grotjahn is a retired senior finance leader from Boeing Commercial Airplane Company with over 34 years of experience. He has led program financial planning and analysis, investments in capital and tooling, investor relations, and estimating & pricing strategies. He has also developed long-range business plans and supported compliance and risk management activities for airplane development, sustainability programs, and manufacturing operations. Dave is also adept at lean manufacturing and process improvement activities.