Oregon Microenterprise Network (OMEN) is excited to host the 13th annual Oregon Summit on Entrepreneurship, October 12-13, 2011, at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Summit will provide training from industry leaders, and opportunities for networking and exploring strategies for future development and partnership for Oregon’s most innovative microenterprise and entrepreneurship organizations.
The training will be led by Jason Friedman of Friedman Associates. A former practitioner at the state and local level and Director of Training and Education for AEO, Jason has nearly twenty-five years of experience in microenterprise development and community development finance. Friedman Associates is a consulting firm that helps build the capacity of nonprofit organizations that help low-wealth individuals and communities create jobs and small businesses.
Hear from local, statewide and federal funders engaged in supporting Oregon’s entrepreneurs! Enjoy an interactive session and bring your questions regarding how to access the various funding streams represented by the panelists. The panel will share their experiences in funding successful microenterprise and entrepreneurship projects throughout Oregon. Presenters include:
Kim Pate, Vice President for External Relations at CFED, will present on policy, research and innovations in the microenterprise field. She will provide an overview of the federal policy landscape and detail the key federal policy priorities for 2011 and 2012 leading up to the Presidential election. Ms. Pate will then reveal the newly published Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, CFED’s signature research and policy product that ranks the states on how well they support asset-building, with a focus on the implications for Oregon and its neighboring states. Finally, Ms. Pate will share the innovative Self-Employment Tax Initiative (SETI) and the work of three different models in California, Washington and Brooklyn.