PCC SBDC Head Wins State Small Business Award
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The award recognizes people who have made a significant professional contribution to small businesses in their community and in Oregon and have demonstrated leadership, dedication and entrepreneurship. The award is named for Sandy Cutler, the founder of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network.
"This is truly an honor for the PCC SBDC and the amazing team of leaders who work tirelessly everyday to support small businesses as instructors and advisors," Marquez-Oldham said. "This award will go down as one of the most meaningful awards I've received in my professional career."
Marquez-Oldham has worked for three decades for small, mid-sized and large businesses, in addition to owning several companies. She is the vice president of NASBITE International, an organization dedicated to professional development and global business credentials and is a member of its board of governors’ executive community.
Marquez-Oldham has worked to grow awareness of the Certified Global Business Professional credential, resulting in there times as many certifications in the state of Oregon. She also serves on the advisory council for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, the Port of Portland Mentor Protege program, Metro Export Initiative, Small Business Advisory Council and the Clackamah County Economic Development Commission.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development from Warner Pacific College, a master's degree in Business from George Fox University and a Certified Global Business Professional credential from NASBITE International.
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Oregon gets a C+ for small business friendliness from Thumbtack, in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.
According to the ranking:
Overall friendliness C+
Ease of starting a business B
Ease of hiring D+
Health & safety D
Employment, labor & hiring D
Tax code D+
Training & networking programs B+
Oregon has been ranked as the 2nd most eco-friendly state in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
Oregon ranks eighth in environmental quality and first in Eco-Friendly Behaviors landing them in second overall.
Oregon is behind Vermont and ahead of New York and Minnesota who land in the third and fourth spots respectively.
Small Business Friendliness Grade: C+
The Economist grades states on an A+ to F grading scale for its small business climate. Oregon is one of 4 states that earned a "C+"
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