I will use this site to post the class schedule and business plan outline...and anything else that looks as if it might be useful. PowerPoint slides will not be on this site, but I will have printed handouts for notetaking in class. They follow the text and will, from time to time, include useful online links and web addresses. If you miss a class, I will have extra handouts from previous meetings with me.
Please feel free to make suggestions for additional information you would like to see on this site. For now, this will be a work in progress.
I am the instructor for the Linn-Benton MicroBusiness program, a collaboration between Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services and the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.
Having moved to Oregon six years ago, I currently run several businesses from Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea: raising grass-fed locker lamb for the custom meat market, marketing and sales for a livestock gate latch, the U-Latch, designed by my husband; hosting guests at our Leaping Lamb Farmstay, a rural experience B & B; and, as of June 2010, Farm Stay U.S., an interactive website identifying farm and ranch stays around the country for travelers and advice and support for farms wanting to add lodging to their operations.
In Arizona, I was the Retail and Host Services Director for the Phoenix Zoo, in charge of food outlets, gift shops, admissions, contracted services, group events, and new business development. Prior to that, I was the Arizona franchisee for the socially-responsible British company, The Body Shop. I have an MA in Medieval Archaeology and an MBA (for what it's worth!)
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