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Get to know Central Oregon SCORE Mentors Clay Higuchi & Wink Jackson

by Ben Hemson05/23/2018 2:16 PM
Updated: 05/23/2018

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.

Wink Jackson-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.

For more information on SCORE-Central Oregon go to or attend a free walk-in session with SCORE Mentors at the Deschutes County Library in Bend, Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Guest Blog from Tim Conlon, Mentor, Central Oregon SCORE


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