Southwestern SBDC seeks business mentors

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a Lunch and Learn for people interested in becoming small business mentors. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the center, 2110 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Mentors are local individuals who have extensive experience as a business owner, entrepreneur, executive or manager. These mentors share their knowledge, skills and experience with budding entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers. Only 30 seats are available for this Lunch and Learn event. To register go to or call the Southwestern SBDC office at 541-888-7026.

“The Southwestern SBDC is looking for individuals who are passionate about local business and are able to effectively communicate and assist entrepreneurs in seeking out and taking action on new opportunities,” said Dr. John Bacon, Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the college and Director of the Southwestern SBDC.

Southwestern’s SBDC is part of the Oregon SBDC Network providing practical guidance for small business long-term profitability. It focuses on assisting South Coast communities with retention and expansion of established businesses. Additionally, SBDC staff and mentors offer specialty services to local people who own businesses and start-ups, with a goal of strengthening and supporting an entrepreneurial culture.