Workshop: Business Plans
Marilyn Scott holds a Masters degree in Social Science from the University of Evansville, Indiana. Her professional background is focused on communication, employee development and organizational dynamics. Before assuming a management position at Intel in Hillsboro, her career included managing employee and organizational development for the American Red Cross Southwest Region in Texas and Oklahoma, and owning her own consulting business, MK Scott Consulting and Training. She has worked with many nonprofit organizations and consulted with United Way agencies.
Marilyn has developed workshops and individual coaching on management skills, quality systems, customer service, and similar topics for a wide variety of clients, including government, community college and private industry. Since retiring from Intel in 2010, she has volunteered for SCORE, counseling and mentoring entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits. She is currently Chairperson of SCORE’s Portland Chapter.
Workshop: Small Business Legal Basics
Brian Dasso was born and raised in West Linn Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science and a focus on political science and business. Brian obtained his law degree from the University of Washington in 2002, where he developed an interest in business and real estate law. During law school, Brian also volunteered with a local nonprofit that was devoted to protecting and promoting clean water throughout Washington.
Prior to joining the Small Business Legal Clinic as a staff attorney in August 2016, Brian was an attorney with a law firm based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he focused his practice on business law, real estate law and employment law. Brian’s clients primarily included small business owners and homeowner’s associations. Brian especially enjoyed working with small businesses counseling them on issues from entity selection and formation, to strategies for transitioning the business to the next generation. Since joining the Small Business Legal Clinic, Brian has expanding his practice to work with nonprofit organizations and affordable housing developers.
Brian’s other interests include hiking, skiing and traveling with his wife and two sons. Brian is a skilled woodworker and enjoys designing and remodeling his Northeast Portland that has been in his family for over 80 years.
Amanda Caffall, JD, is the Executive Director & Staff Attorney at The Commons Law Center, a nonprofit law firm offering sliding-scale legal services for income-qualified people, businesses, and organizations. Amanda’s a proven resource developer & team builder with 25 years experience leading groups toward shared goals & 15 years in client- & public-facing roles. She’s a lawyer, organizer, activist, and change-agent.
Workshop: Small Business Taxes
Oregon Department of Revenue
Workshop: Access to Capital
Workshop: Successful Use of Social Media for Your Small Business
Workshop: Government Contracting
Carrie Hulse is the Program Manager for the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) at Business Oregon. COBID administers the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV) Business Enterprise, and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification programs, which promote economic opportunities for small businesses. The COBID team also works with applicants to access additional business resources needed to sustain and grow.
Before becoming the Program Manager, Carrie worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation and brought the DBE certifications in compliance with federal regulations by performing site visits with approximately 400 firms within a two-year period.
Her career with state government began in the early 1990’s in Juneau, Alaska where she worked primarily in the field of criminal prosecution while earning a Bachelor’s degree in business management.
Lee Fleming joined the Multnomah County Purchasing team in May 2014 as the Supplier Diversity Officer. He leads the County’s business equity efforts, responsible for the oversight, implementation, and management of County-wide Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB), Workforce Diversity, and Sustainable Purchasing Programs, supporting the County’s Social Equity Policy. His team is responsible for the compliance and review of new and existing policies, practices, and programs, as well as the coordination and implementation of strategies to maximize the utilization of historically underutilized businesses and workers, as well as sustainable business practices.
Lee came to the County from Portland Public Schools, where he implemented and led their business equity efforts from May 2011 to May 2014. He brings years of private sector supply chain and active duty military experience to bear in his current role. He is a proud graduate of the historic Tuskegee (Institute) University. He and his wife Thelma have two children, Lydia Moriah and Ervin L. III. He is a life member of the historic Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; serves on several boards, committees, and civic organizations, such as Business Diversity Institute and the Columbia Chapter of the National Institute of Government Purchasing, as well as many other community organizations and chambers of commerce.
Tiffani Penson is a native Oregonian and very involved in the community. She is currently the Supplier Diversity officer for the City of Portland. Her responsibilities include outreach to Minority-owned, Women-owned and Emerging Small Businesses with a focus on connecting businesses to contracting opportunities at the City; implemented and manages the first in the Nation Minority Evaluator Program which requires City Bureaus to include at least one minority evaluator from the community to serve on the evaluation panels awarding formal contracts; and manages the “We Are Better Together” outreach team responsible for event sponsorships, trade shows and organization memberships.
Tiffani serves on the board of Bound for A Cure, Business Diversity Institute, Kairos PDX, and Oregon Native American Chamber. Tiffani enjoys mentoring young adults and helping others.