COCC Program Manager Named a National “40 Under 40” Small Business Development Trailblazer

Sept. 11, 2023

Congratulations to Central Oregon Community College’s (COCC) Kathryn Brown, a program manager in the college’s Center for Business, Industry, & Professional Development, who was named a “40 under 40 Trailblazer” by America’s Small Business Development Center Network.

Brown was one of just two Oregonians to receive the recognition which spotlights the extraordinary contributions of individuals under 40 in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network who have significantly impacted their local networks and the broader business landscape.

Brown leads COCC’s early child care business accelerator programs, in partnership with NeighborImpact, to provide grant funding and business support for both home-based and commercial child care centers.

“It is with great pleasure and admiration that we recognize these exceptional young professionals and their remarkable potential and passion for serving the SBDC network and their clients,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC president and CEO. “Their dedication, hard work and innovative mindset inspire not only their peers but also aspiring young professionals across the nation.”

Brown was recognized at America’s SBDC annual conference held in Nashville earlier this month.

Kathryn Brown