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SOU Small Business Development Center Success Story
" I would never have been able to accomplish so much without the SOU SBDC. Marshall's expertise, and all of the resources he connected me to, were invaluable. It was a labor of love, and I highly recommend the SOU SBDC to any business needing assistance."
Clay Bearnson,
The Gypsy Blues Bar
Clay Bearnson, The Gypsy Blues Bar
The motto "Let's play it by beer" is an accurate description for The Gypsy Blues Bar in Medford where you will find an atmosphere of fun while partaking in delicious beverages, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and whatever else you may be hungry or thirsty for. Clay Bearnson and Robin Bittinger have been the owners of The Gypsy Blues Bar for more than a decade. The business has moved and expanded once along with a pay-off of an earlier SBA loan. Even a recession, and then a pandemic, could not keep Clay and Robin from their dream of expanding the business again and purchasing real property for the bar. 
Read the entire article HERE
Article from Marshall Doak,
SOU SBDC Director
If you have been thinking about starting a business, you will want to attend our interactive Zoom class:
Register HERE for the June 3, 3:00pm class - Fee: $20.00
Register HERE for the July 12, 10:00am class - Fee: $20.00
Once your registration is submitted, you will be emailed the payment link and link to join the class.
Tom Fallon, SOU SBDC Adviser
To book an advising session with Tom, email us
or call us at (541)-552-8300
Learn at Lunch:
Marketing: The Importance of Branding Strategy for Startups and On-Going Businesses 
Date: August 24
Time: Noon to 1:00pm
Presenter: Tom Fallon
Fee: $20.00
During this Zoom presentation, presented by Tom Fallon, SOU SBDC Adviser, you will learn the steps you need to employ to build out your brand marketing strategy to increase your brand's position and positive perception. With Tom's many years of experience forming and implementing effective strategic plans to drive sales growth and exceed challenging business goals, he will help you take the mystery out of the tactics needed to reach your business goals.
Once your registration is submitted, you will be emailed the payment link and link to join the class.
Small Business Management Program at SOU SBDC
We are now taking applications for our Small Business Management Program for the 2022 – 2023 school year. This program is designed as a cohort of participating businesses and is widely acclaimed as the most comprehensive small business development course in the market today. Structured as group instruction and individualized advising, the course is a proven accelerator for businesses and non-profits (NP) desiring to grow and succeed in today’s challenging environment. Applications completed and accepted through the end of June 2022 will be given current pricing of $599 for a business or NP, with an additional $300 for a second attendee from the same organization. We will be raising tuitions on July 1, 2022, so your prompt application gains you immediate benefits. Additional information regarding this cohort – the model, contents, workload and expectations, can be found at: Small Business Management Program or by calling: 541-552-8300. This school year’s class cohort is located not only locally, but in Coos Bay and San Diego.
Do You Have a Creative Business?
Do You Innovate?
Would you like to be a part of a new opportunity in Jackson and Josephine Counties to build an innovative economy?
Email us your Interest so that we can connect you with opportunities to input your ideas and become involved.
This is a joint effort between organizations and governments in Josephine and Jackson Counties open to all who wish to innovate.
Students in the SOU Innovation and Leadership program are hard at work on their capstone projects. Please complete the survey below - your participation will help uncover the linkage between leadership diversity and organizational culture and inclusion, specifically focusing on Small Businesses. Results will be published in the July newsletter.
Become a More Courageous Leader by joining the virtual 8-week program based on Dare to Lead by Brené Brown beginning on July 12th. Click here for more details and to register. 
Stacey is working on the line up of workshops for next year beginning in September. These should be on the website within the next month, so stay tuned!  
To learn how you can expand your skills and invest in your team and yourself, click Click here for details.
Access tools HERE to provide you with resources to help guide you in your business planning.
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The SOU Small Business Development Center is located at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett Street (between Central and Riverside off 8th Street), in Medford. We offer local business advising for every stage of your business: from idea, to launch, to expansion--even help guide you through an exit or succession plan. Call for an appointment today: (541) 552-8300.
Oregon Small Business Development Centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and by the Oregon Business Development Department.
SOU Small Business Development Center | 101 S. Bartlett StreetRoom 130Medford, OR 97501

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