Your Team

A team of experienced business advisers ready to help you succeed!

Your Team

The Linn-Benton Community College SBDC team has entrepreneurial and business knowledge and decades of experience working with a diverse range of markets.

Our team of seasoned business advisers will help you identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business. SBDC advisers are industry experts with proven track records in their fields. All advising services are confidential and free of charge.

  • Charlie Mitchell
    Charlie MitchellDirector
    Charlie has more than 20 years' experience in economic development and business assistance. During this time, Charlie has helped businesses of all types, sizes and industries grow and find new prosperity. As a former Community and Economic Development Director, Charlie understands the importance of small
  • Peter Bober
    Peter BoberAdviser
    Pete is a retired Small Business Development Center Director who worked for close to thirty years supporting the business community through the development of business and workforce development programs. Pete has a bachelor degree in Speech Communications and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with areas
  • Bret Carpenter
    Bret CarpenterAdviser
    Bret Carpenter is a strategy, marketing, technology and entrepreneurship expert who works with small business owners and college students to help them learn skills to become more effective entrepreneurs. Bret has used his entrepreneurial skills to start his own technology support companies. His coaching skills
  • Sebastian de Assis
    Sebastian de AssisAdviser
    >Sebastian de Assis is a proficient business adviser, coach, and teacher with decades of professional experience. His eclectic background ranges from starting up several small businesses to exercising executive level positions at large corporations and nonprofit groups. A graduate of the University of Hawaii and
  • Stephen Fuller
    Stephen FullerAdviser
    Steve is an experienced entrepreneur, business owner and sales professional. He spent 15 years as a business owner, focusing on sales and management. In addition, he spent five years with two separate startup businesses in the office machine and furniture industries. Steve's focus is on
  • Anielis Raas Lozada
    Anielis Raas LozadaAdviser
    Ani, originally from Venezuela, holds an MBA with a focus in Innovation Management, and a BS in Merchandising Management. She has dedicated her life to the creative field and after cultivating her crafts she decided to developed her business acumen. She has worked with independent
  • George Medellin
    George MedellinAdviser
    How do your colleagues describe you? “George is energetic, fun, relaxed, and loves working with people in business and academia.” Why do you do what you do? “I enjoy helping people create their dreams and taking care of themselves in the process. Combining personal business
  • Elizabeth Pakravan
    Elizabeth PakravanAdviser
    "Being a Latino Business Advisor gives me the opportunity to share my learning experiences in business and help customers to make decisions having always in mind quality control, being efficient and strategic in the use of their resources to be successful."
  • Joe Peterson
    Joe PetersonAdviser
    During his 43-year career in business leadership, Joe has held numerous positions in finance and accounting, sales and marketing, operations management and executive leadership. His credentials were built in organization, including the U.S. Army, Ford Motor Company, Hyster Company and Poorman-Douglas Corporation. As CEO of
  • Marlene Peterson
    Marlene PetersonAdviser
    Marlene readily admits she made every novice mistake in the book when she first started Campagna Foods, a specialty foods manufacturing business she operated successfully for more than 20 years. Her passion as an adviser comes from her genuine wish to help her clients avoid
  • Melinda Short
    Melinda ShortAdviser
    Melinda has a master’s degree in history, a community college education and taught history. She and her husband have been successfully self employed for thirty years in general contracting, pre-hung door manufacturing, rentals and real estate. She has been a bookkeeper and office manager for
  • Anne Whittington
    Anne WhittingtonAdviser
    Anne has more than 15 years experience as an SBDC adviser and instructor. She has started and operated several businesses including a custom home construction business, a farm stay and an internet marketing service. Anne helps clients navigate the Self Employment Assistance Program, find appropriate

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