SBDC welcomes new director

GRANTS PASS — Rogue Community College announces Ruth Swain as new director of the RCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Swain, who recently served as interim director of the Mt. Hood Community College SBDC, brings nearly 30 years of success in managing and leading initiatives for business and community development. She succeeds Ron Goss who recently retired after more than a decade with the RCC SBDC.   Swain has extensive training...
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Ron Goss receives prestigious Cutler Award

Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center Director Ron Goss was announced this week as the recipient of the 2020 Cutler Award from the Oregon SBDC Network. The award is among the highest honors an SBDC director can receive for services to Oregon businesses and the Oregon SBDC network.  “I doubt that there are many businesses in Oregon that haven’t in some way benefited from...
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NACCE_award with Cathy Kemper-Pelle and Ron Goss

RCC SBDC earns kudos for focus on business, job creation

GRANTS PASS — Thanks to the accomplishments of the RCC Small Business Development Center, Rogue Community College is one of five community colleges across the nation this spring to be recognized as a College of Excellence by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). The award was presented at the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference April 15 in Orlando. The NACCE recognized...
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SBDC helps startup take flight

The RCC Small Business Development Center has helped grow many successful businesses. Here is just one example. Seth Benham was a senior in high school when he launched Novum Visuals (, a design and media company. Located in historic downtown Grants Pass, Novum Visuals produces marketing and advertising content for local companies and helps them to develop social media marketing campaigns. The media company also...
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Entrepreneurs Commercial Cookspace (ECC)

The Entrepreneurs Commercial Cookspace (ECC) is a fully equipped, modern and professional kitchen at RCC that provides future business owners like Gabby Taylor, owner of Organic Harvest, a place to develop and operate a successful business within the food industry. ECC strives to provide support for the community’s entrepreneurs by assisting individuals develop, launch and grow their food business. ECC understands the difficulties that are...
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the haul restauraunt, a SBDC success story

Startups Successful with RCC Small Business Development Center

The Haul has become a great place to grab a bite and a brew in downtown Grants Pass. The restaurant has operated out of 121 S.W. H St for almost two years now.  It’s the result of a collaboration between three Applegate residents—Jon Conner of Conner Fields Brewing and Fulcrum Dining caterers Chad Hahn and partner, Gabriella Rysula,—who met through local farmer’s markets and became...
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avista program success stories of student entrepreneurs

Avista, A Hands-on Program with Unlimited Futures

What can the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship do for your business dreams? Here are three graduates and their businesses. Kimberly R. Chaplin—Creative Insurance Options After 26 years working at all different levels of the financial and insurance industry with frequent travel, Kimberly decided to stay local and spend more time with her family.  With the help of the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship she planned, developed,...
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Kevin and Helen Gill own Clouser Drilling and pose in front of one of their drilling rigs

SBDC helps drilling company weather recession

The economic crash of the past decade forced at least one Grants Pass business to build new skills and sharpen it’s business focus – aided by the RCC Small Business Development Center. “The recession helped us get better,” says Kevin Gill, who with his wife, Helen, owns Clouser Drilling, Inc., in Grants Pass. “Our industry was affected right at the beginning of the recession. Phones...
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