Press Release – Second Annual Douglas County Enterpreneur Fair



Second Annual Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair – May 22, 2013


  •  20 Exhibitors Will Share Information about their Services
  •  Training Schedule Finalized
  •  Keynote Speakers Excited to Share Their Experiences


Roseburg, Oregon May 15, 2013

A coalition of economic development organizations, including the Umpqua Community College SBDC (Small Business Development Center), the Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County, and the Umpqua Business Center, will present the second annual Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair on May 22 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

An exhibitor hall will provide an opportunity for business service providers to share information on their products and services. Exhibitors will include:

Business Oregon; Anvil Northwest (formerly Creative Images); Express Employment Professionals; ODOT – Office of Civil Rights; Watkinson Laird Rubenstein Baldwin & Burgess; Umpqua Business Center; The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County; Umpqua Small Business Development Center; Premier Insurance; UCC Entrepreneurship Club; NeighborWorks Umpqua; and Seven13 Studios.

Educational seminars will take place at 1, 2, 4, and 5:30 PM. The full program is on-line at: . Highlights include Trevor Mauch leading a session on how to actually use mobile marketing to generate customers; a session on how to get bankable by Gary Gray (formerly with Premier West); an introduction to small business tax issues by Tom Davidson (Neuner, Davidson and Cooley); and a panel discussion on business opportunities with Carolyn Hill (Southern Oregon Visitors Association) and David Mack (Sandy’s Place).

This year’s keynote speakers will be Wild Friends’ founders Keeley Tillotson and Erika Welsh (featured on ABC’s Shark Tank) and Ninkasi Brewing’s Nikos Ridge. Ninkasi Brewing will provide samples of their product to fair participants.

“A couple of years ago, Erika and I never dreamed we’d soon be profiled speakers at a business event! We’re excited and honored to be chosen to speak at the Douglas County Entrepreneurial Fair about our company, Wild Friends Nut Butter, and the success we’ve had over the crazy past two years.” Keeley Tillotson, Wild Friends

“As a company we are oriented toward being a positive contributor in the communities where we operate, and to contribute to the Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair is another great way to embody our ethic.” Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing

The event will run from 12:30 PM to 8 PM. The full schedule is available at .

Admission will be $5, payable at the door.

Event sponsors include the Cow Creek Tribe of the Umpqua Band of Indians, The News Review, KPIC, Brooke Communications, ODOT Office of Civil Rights, Pacific Power, Premier Insurance Group, and Douglas County News.

For additional information:

Pete Bober



(541) 440-4673


Alex Campbell

Executive Director

The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County

(541) 492-2820 ; (541) 974-8066 (cell)


Rene Toman


Umpqua Business Center

(541) 492-5211

This information can be viewed at: Press Release E Fair May 2013






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