Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC
  North Bend

    Phone: 541-756-6866
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    Address: 2455 Maple Leaf Lane, North Bend, OR 97459

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Arlene Soto

SBDC Director at Southwestern Oregon Community College

Primary Service area Coos, Curry
Bio 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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Ruthie Painter

SBDC Advisor at Southwestern Oregon Community College

Primary Service area Coos, Curry
Bio Ruthie has been an entrepreneur since 1974 and a resident of the Rogue Valley since 1986.  Painter opened two restaurants in the Fifth St. Public Market in Eugene, OR and was co-owner of a gourmet fast food Deli in the Rogue Valley Mall, Medford, OR for 11 years.  Experience in business strategy includes: lease negotiations, design, construction, interviewing, hiring, training, collaborative team management, and the sale of businesses for profit.  She has developed loan packages and received SBA funding.  Other business endeavors include a literary marketing firm, and the development of a career testing program and retraining program for a Vocational Rehabilitation Firm.  Painter is a certified Profit Mastery Facilitator for Business Resources Services, Inc. based in Seattle, WA, and specializes in strategies to minimize risk and maximize success.
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Mary Loiselle

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Primary Service area Coos, Curry

Mary Loiselle began her employment with the SWOCC SBDC November 30, 2010 as Office Assistant. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Institutional Administration, Doctoral Certificate in Gerontology, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from United States International University in San Diego. She was born and raised in North Bend, graduated from North Bend High School and attended SWOCC and SOU in Ashland. She completed Leadership Coos 2009. Currently, she is the Business Counselor & Instructor for Southwestern Small Business Development Center. She has over 10 years of business ownership experience and has taught numerous classes to a diverse clientele, including: anger management classes to military families, career counseling and resume writing to military spouses, career counseling in the university setting, business counseling and real estate training to real estate sales people, drug counseling to family members in recovery programs, and business intake counseling assessment for prospective new business owners and current business owners.

As the SBDC Business Counselor & Instructor, Ms. Loiselle works closely with our local business community and incubator tenants. She teaches the weekly Ready, Set, Start Your Business class to pre-venture clients and counsels clients on a regular basis regarding their business goals. Developing a business plan is a key part of helping clients reach their goals and decide whether or not the business they are considering is the right direction for them. She uses Palo Alto Business Plan Pro to assist clients with their business plans and works together with clients using the online LivePlan template to complete their business plans. She coordinates business workshops, classes and training events/meetings, negotiates presenter salaries, determines the method of payment in accordance with SWOCC college regulations; communicates regularly with the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network and other SBDC centers, chambers of commerce, college personnel, other business assistance agencies and economic development groups.

She also updates and maintains current information of course offerings on both the SWOCC and Center IC website.In 2008, as Director of Community Education and Events at Southwestern Oregon Community College, she served the local community by developing high-quality community education courses geared to lifelong learning. Her staff included the Director of RSVP, the Coordinator of Community Education and the Facility Scheduler. Mary was the President and CEO (Owner) of Anza Valley Homes in Anza, CA and a Real Estate Broker for Anza Acres Realty for 4 years. Mary was System-wide Director of Facilities Management for Alliant Interational Univerity 7 years where she was responsible for developing a $15 million budget for all 7 campuses located in California (2 campuses in San Diego, 1 each in Irvine, Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Francisco)

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SCIlogoSouth Coast Inventors’ Group


 -- a support group for inventors dedicated to helping each other


  • Who for?
    • Inventors
    • manufacturers
    • business people
    • those who have ideas for inventions
    • those with experience developing a product and getting it to market
    • engineers
    • and businesses that support developing, manufacturing and marketing a product.
  • What?
    • Exchange ideas
    • Learn about resources
    • Solve problems
  • How?
    • Monthly meetings
    • Peer support
    • Evaluation panels
    • Group think tank 
  • When?
    • Meetings held the first Wednesday each month, 6:30 p.m.
    • The Business Center: 2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend (across from the entrance sign to the North Bend Airport)
  • How Much?
    • No cost for monthly meetings (donations welcome)

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Sponsored by the Southwestern Small Business Development Center
(Southwestern Oregon Community College is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer)


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