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GPI awards export assistance scholarship to 10 entrepreneurs

August 27,2018 | By Anna Marum

Aug. 27, 2018
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Anna Marum
Greater Portland Inc

GPI awards export assistance scholarship to 10 entrepreneurs
The scholarship helps women, minority and veteran entrepreneurs expand their business.

PORTLAND, OREGON -- Greater Portland Inc is pleased to announce its second class of export assistance scholarship recipients. Through its Growing Small Businesses Globally initiative, Greater Portland 2020 has awarded 10 entrepreneurs throughout the region with export assistance scholarships that will help them expand their businesses internationally.

Thanks to a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, this is Greater Portland Inc’s second year awarding this scholarship, created to help women, minority and veteran entrepreneurs access the region’s network of export advisors. (Read about our first round of scholarship recipients here.)

The following business owners will receive a small training and travel stipend to work with the region’s export advisors and become better positioned for international sales. Congratulations to the following entrepreneurs:
  • Callie Christensen – Vancouver – Slumberkins ­– snuggly toys that promote positive skills
  • Chris Drummond – Hillsboro – Buddipole – a portable antenna system for amateur radio operators
  • Chaunci King – Portland – Royalty Spirits – a line of spirts that includes a pear-flavored vodka
  • Sean Krug – Portland – SNL2 Oregon Goods – a reseller of sustainable Oregon-made goods to Japan
  • Kathleen McCarron – Portland – Portland Pet Food Company – natural, flavorful pet foods and treats
  • Valerie Roth – Portland – Mind Your Manna Fire Brew – apple cider vinegar-based health tonic
  • Teal Shoop – West Linn – Sterling Essentials – natural leather care products formulated for the PNW
  • Amanda Wilson – Portland – VOXAPOD – non-toxic silicone reusable menstrual cup
  • Jessica Wingate – Portland – Le Cou – ready-to-wear dickeys, bows and ties for women
  • Mara Zepeda – Portland – Switchboard – a platform that meaningfully connects students and alumni
“These entrepreneurs are a testament to the creativity and resourcefulness that exist in our region,” said Janet LaBar, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. “This program provides a more direct connection to advisors who will help prepare their businesses to enter into international markets. The growth of small businesses through exporting has the potential for more job creation, increased incomes and investment across the region.”

The Growing Small Businesses Globally scholarship connects recipients with the following export partners: Business Oregon, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Commercial Service and the Small Business Development Center’s Global Trade Center. While 10 scholarships were awarded, export advising is available to any business owner. Learn more about these opportunities at greaterportland2020.com/export.

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About Greater Portland Inc: Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by more than 70 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and marketing the region to the world. Learn more at greaterportlandinc.com. Learn more about Greater Portland 2020 at greaterportland2020.com.

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