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Get to know Central Oregon SCORE Mentors Clay Higuchi & Wink Jackson
is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.
This year SCORE-Central Oregon is experiencing an increased demand for mentors as the Bend area economy grows with small business the engine of that growth. Mentors provide advice for free.
SCORE-Central Oregon’s chairperson, John Harris, says: “We’re positioned strongly to help at no charge entrepreneurs and small business owners, and we are seeing an increase in mentor assistance—10% increase year to date in clients last year over 2016.”
In March, 2018, 32 client requests were pushed through to SCORE-CO.
Mentors Clay Higuchi and Wink Jackson lead the chapter in recruiting candidates to consider certification as a SCORE mentor.
Jackson (left), Co-Vice Chair of the local chapter, and specialist in social media communications, says, “Our goal is to find, interview and certify 8 to 10 more mentors in 2018 to give us a stable of twenty. A chapter priority is to recruit and qualify more women mentors.”
Higuchi, as a mentor, has chaired the Deschutes County Budget Committee and has been a senior marketing, sales and operations Vice President for manufacturing corporations with a global footprint.
Jackson has a professional background in retail marketing management and further parlayed her world class cycling professionalism into starting, with her husband, a professional cyclists’ eyewear firm. After 16 years in successful and challenging entrepreneurship, they sold the business.
Guest Blog from Tim Conlon, Mentor, Central Oregon SCORE