Business Networking

Spend a day with other small business owners

October 26, 2018  7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

FREE Event for Small Business Owners

Friday, October 26, 2018 – 7:30am – 4:30pm
In Conjunction with The Governor’s Marketplace
RCC/SOU Higher Education Center; Medford, OR

Friday October 26, 2018

The Governor’s Marketplace

8:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Presentations by state agencies here to help you navigate working with the State of Oregon

Rogue Valley Business Resource Forum and
The Governor's Marketplace
Friday October 26, 2018 | 7:30am - 4:30pm

RCC/SOU Higher Education Center 101 S. Bartlett Street, Medford, OR 97501

Register for FREE

There is no other event in the Rogue Valley that brings together representatives from all over Oregon to answer your questions. This event is a special opportunity to:

  • Get free consultations with representatives from the State of Oregon and local banking, insurance, government, and trade organizations
  • Learn how to access public agency contracting through The Governor’s Marketplace
  • Get business tips from experienced entrepreneurs
  • Attend seminars that cover up-to-date topics for all stages of your business
  • Learn about available resources to help your business thrive
  • Network with other entrepreneurs


Program Schedule
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration (Lobby)

Registration will be in the lobby of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center. The Exhibitors Hall will also be open with coffee and light refreshments sponsored by People’s Bank of Commerce.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Welcome & SBA Programs and Resources Presentation – Room 132

Welcome by Commissioner Rick Dyer SBA Programs and Resources Presented by SBA Director Martin D. Golden

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Virtual Reality Technologies for Today’s Businesses – Room 118

Andrew Gay and Brandon Givens

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Understanding Financials With Ease – Room 119

Jack Vitacco

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Introduction to GCAP and First Steps in Doing Business with Government – Room 120

Steve Spilker | This presentation will introduce the Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) organization to those individuals or companies interested in doing business with government agencies either directly or as a subcontractor. It will describe what services our organization offers free to local companies.

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Internet Marketing Ins and Outs – Room 132

Jim Teece | Internet Marketing Ins & Outs is a refreshing and inspirational look at how to effectively get started in Internet Marketing or how to take your internet marketing strategies to the next level. Jim Teece will show real world examples in this high level, fast paced forum. 

12:50 PM - 01:30 PM Break: Exhibitors Hall Open in Room 129 – Trever Yarrish Presents in Room 132

Trever Yarrish | Join us in Room 132 for Trever Yarrish’s presentation.

01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Business Funding Panel – Room 118

Noland Alston (SOREDI), Walter Acuna (Craft3), Thomas Knox (Peoples Bank), and Dorian Corliss (on Hatch)

01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Where Do I Start? : Your Business Plan – Room 119

Leo Hull | Need help conquering that intimidating “white space” of beginning the business plan writing/creating process?  Leo’s presentation will discuss where to start, and focus on the following topics: Target Market, Purpose of the Plan, Financial Projections and Human Resource Systems. 

01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Benefit Company or B Corp? — What’s Your Business? Aligning Opportunities with Government Needs – Room 120

Ruth Miles & Kelly Stevens-Malnar

01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Making Your Social Media Work for YOU – Room 132

Rachel Koning | Most small businesses know they need to have an online presence to reach their audiences, but it takes more than “if you build it, they will come.” Why should you invest your time in social media, and why should people follow you once you do?

02:30 PM - 03:20 PM The Fundamentals of a Successful eCommerce Business – Room 118

Brandon Kirkland | In this class, you’ll learn the essentials of e-commerce with a step by step exploration of how to create a basic, functioning e-commerce site for a small business.

02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Lean: Your Silver Bullet for Operational Excellence – Room 119

John Lamy | Lean can drive serious cost out of your operation, dramatically reduce your cycle time, increase the quality of your product, and engage your folks in ways you would not have thought possible. Lean isn’t magic, and it won’t solve all your problems, but it truly is the key to Operational Excellence.

02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Marketing with Integrity – Room 120

Lisa Manyon | You’ve started your business for a reason and now it’s time to market. This is where many businesses get stuck.  Lisa Manyon “The Business Marketing Architect” provides a framework to help you get clear on 9 key areas that require your focus and dedication to get results. 

02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Getting Social Online and Offline – Room 132

Jim Teece

Speaker Lineup
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Kelly Stevens-Malnar

Statewide Small Business Outreach Coordinator

Kelly Stevens-Malnar is a native Oregonian and has been with the State 15 years.  She currently manages Oregon’s Cooperative Procurement Program and Small Business Programs at the Department of Administrative Services, Office of Procurement Services. Kelly is deeply committed to educational outreach activities that promote governmental contracting opportunities to Oregon small businesses.  She is an […]

Walter Acuna

Senior Business Lender

Walter is a Senior Business Lender for the Washington Puget Sound region.

John Lamy

Senior Consultant, OMEP

John Lamy has over thirty years of experience helping large and small companies grow their businesses.

Rachel Koning

Social Media & Digital Marketer

A native to Southern Oregon, Rachel’s experience behind the social media curtain spans nearly a decade.

Ruth Miles

Small Business Advocate, Office of the Secretary of State

Ruth Miles works collaboratively with small businesses, nonprofits, state and local government.

Leo Hull

Financial Advisor, Umpqua Investments

Leo Hull brings 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to his work as a Financial Advisor at Umpqua Investments.

Noland Alston

Business Development Loan Manager

Noland Alston has 34 years of commercial banking experience, mostly in Southern Oregon.

Trever Yarrish

Trever’s passion for creating amazing experiences for other people has led him on some incredible adventures…

Steve Spilker

GSA Business Counselor, GCAP

Steve Spilker is the Government Contract Assistance Program’s primary GSA Business Counselor.

Brandon Kirkland

Founder of

Brandon Kirkland is the founder of and has been business for eight years.

Commissioner Rick Dyer

Jackson County Board of Commissioners

Rick Dyer was elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in November of 2014.

Martin D. Golden

Portland District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Martin D. Golden is the District Director for the Portland district of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Lisa Manyon

The Business Marketing Architect

Lisa Manyon is The Business Marketing Architect and founder of Write On Creative.

Jim Teece

Small Business Owner

Jim Teece is a local parallel entrepreneur and community leader.

Dorian Corliss

RCC SBDC Business Advisor

Dorian Corliss has worked with the SBDC since 2010 as an Small Business Management and Next Level Plan Advisor offering his expertise in financial matters.

Jack Vitacco

SBDC Business Adviser and Small Business Management Instructor

Jack Vitacco specializes in business start-up, marketing, sales, distribution, and strategic planning.