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College's small biz center hires new director

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Tammy Marquez-Oldham is the new director of education for the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center. Marquez-Oldham will be responsible for the design of entrepreneur and business development coursework. Additionally, she will lead the center’s business advising efforts, working with a team of talented and experienced business advisers.

Marquez-Oldham has been a business professional for 30 years working in the education, health care, software and food industries. Founding Marquez Project Management LLC in 2000, she has leveraged her connections and talents toward programs with social significance, most recently a micro-enterprise social change program.

“Tammy brings considerable experience and dedication to the development of small business growth and entrepreneurship in our region,” said Tom Lowles, director of PCC’s Small Business Development Center. “We are very lucky to have her join our organization. She will have a positive impact on small businesses.”

Her work with large and small business, and experience as a successful business owner, added Lowles, will lend itself well to the mission of PCC’s Small Business Development Center, which is to be the premier provider of technical support and entrepreneur development in the state of Oregon.

“As a business leader in the 21st century, I believe I have a social responsibility to transfer the knowledge learned through my journey to those embarking on theirs,” said Marquez-Oldham.

Marquez-Oldham earned a bachelor’s degree in human development from Warner Pacific College and a master’s in business administration from George Fox University. She and her husband Bruce reside in Camas, Wash.

The Small Business Development Center of Portland Community College offers classes and one-on-one advising to small businesses through its office at 2025 Lloyd Center Mall in Portland. It is supported by Portland Community College, the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration and is part of the statewide network of Small Business Development Centers at 19 locations throughout Oregon. For information, call the PCC SBDC at (503) 978-5094, or visit the Web site at www.bizcenter.org.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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