New Director of COCC’s Small Business Development Center


(Jennifer Dye)

COCC announces Jennifer Dye as the new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Central Oregon. Dye brings a wealth of experience in business development and leadership, making her a valuable asset to our professional community.

Dye’s distinguished career includes her recent role as associate state director at the Washington Small Business Development Center. In this position, she provided operational oversight for 33 centers, demonstrating a strong commitment to business resiliency and strategic stakeholder engagement. Her hands-on approach significantly contributed to the economic development of the regions she served, directly aiding over 1,450 clients and facilitating an impressive $11.6 million in capital infusion.

During her tenure as center director at the Lacey/Olympia SBDC, Dye adeptly managed the CARES Act grant and spearheaded innovative community outreach efforts. Her work ensured that small businesses received crucial support during the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring her dedication to community service and business growth.

Dye holds a masters in leadership from the University of Washington/Bothell, where she was recognized for her leadership and business consulting acumen. She was subsequently invited to teach Marketing and Management courses at the School of Business. Additionally, she holds certificates in Adaptive Leadership, Digital Transformation and Business Analytics.

As an experienced small business owner, Dye is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. She is also committed to professional development for advisors and building a team that delivers exceptional value to clients, the community, and stakeholders.

Join us in welcoming Dye to the Central Oregon community. We are confident that her expertise and dedication will significantly enhance the support and growth of small businesses in our region.

Upcoming Small Business Courses

Marketing Basics for Business Owners
Tuesdays, June 18, July 2, and July 16
Online Zoom; $199
Instructor: Sue Meyer

QuickBooks Online – Beginning
Tuesdays, July 9, 16, and 23
Online Zoom; $129
Instructor: Patti Norris

Excel Level I
Fridays, July 12 and 19
COCC MAZ 205; $129
Instructor: Pamela Burns


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Founded in 1994 by the late Pamela Hulse Andrews, Cascade Business News (CBN) became Central Oregon’s premier business publication. •

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