Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

CAT Team Advisors

Noah Brockman, Team Lead and Region #1 CAT Advisor

PHONE: 503-804-2074 

Noah Brockman leads OSBDCN’s Capital Access Team (CAT), the group that provides strategic business advising to SBDC clients statewide on access to capital, business planning and financial analysis. Noah has worked with the Portland Community College SBDC since 2008, where he facilitates Profit Mastery and the Small Business Management II program and participates as one of OSBDCN’s Grow Oregon Business Advisors.

Over the years he has worked with hundreds of small business owners on business planning and capitalization - helping to secure millions of dollars in capital. His professional background includes management consulting, strategic planning, financial analysis, program management, market research and international affairs.

Noah has an MBA from the University of Portland with a focus on Entrepreneurship. He holds certifications in Project Management, Profit Mastery, and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). Noah is also the principal consultant at Pointman Consulting, LLC, of Portland.

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Gary Richards, Region #2 Advisor for CAT

PHONE: 503-991-5601  

As the Region 2 advisor for the Capital Access Team, Gary Richards covers an area that includes Salem, Albany, Eugene, Bend and Lincoln City. He’s currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Chemeketa Community College, where he serves as a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center. Since 1984, he has coordinated the planning, capitalization, and development of more than 100 businesses and helped raise more than $120 million in equity and debt financing for them.

An experienced business owner and manager, Gary has launched, built and sold businesses large and small over the past 20 years. Gary's background includes being chairman and CEO of a national business unit of a Fortune 500 company where he gained significant experience in business analysis and capital formation. Gary has been a licensed business broker in Oregon since 2004 and has operated his own brokerage since 2008.

He served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council, a key private-sector advisory group that advises the SBA, Congress, and the president on small business issues. Gary holds a BA degree in Management and Technology from the University of Maryland.


Greg Smith, Region #3 Advisor for CAT

PHONE: 541-962-1532

In addition to his work with the Capital Access Team, Greg is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Oregon University. He has 23 years of wide-ranging experience in small business consultation, business recruitment and gap-financing. Greg’s current work focuses primarily on small business assistance, business recruitment, project development, and commercial financing.

Greg is a national leader in gap-finance lending according to national statistics gathered by OSBDCN. On average, he annually participates in the commercial gap-financing and loan packaging of more than $15 million. This is a direct result of the solid relationships that Greg has developed with Eastern Oregon’s leading financiers.

Greg graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a BS degree in Liberal Studies and a master’s in Business Administration. He was named Eastern Oregon University’s 2001 Distinguished Alumnus.

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Arlene M. Soto Region #4 Advisor for CAT

PHONE: 541-756-6445  

Effective July 30, 2007, Arlene M. Soto became the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center Director. She is responsible for outreach to Coos, Curry and Western Douglas Counties in Oregon to provide small business development services through free, confidential business advising and low cost training programs. She has been working with businesses in the accounting field since 1976 and in management since 1988. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional with a Master’s degree in Management from Marylhurst University and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Portland State University.



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