Jean Wall | PRIME Program Manager | Umpqua CDC
intentionally relocated, after 33 years in Alaska, to Oregon in November 2006 to enjoy semi-retirement on 10 acres near Umpqua
She joined Umpqua CDC in November 2009 as PRIME Program Manger with responsibility for developing best practices for training and counseling UCDC's Dream$avers IDA participants.
Jean works 30 hours per week at UCDC, currently has over 30 clients and has assisted another 7 recent graduates and 2 former graduates from Dream$avers.
Jean "retired" from the Alaska SBDC after serving as State Director for two years; her earlier ten years split her time for five years as the Anchorage SBDC Director and five years as Associate State Director for the Alaska SBDC.
Prior to her
12 years with SBDC, Jean
own production business for 8 years in Alaska; exporting a gourmet food product to Japan as well as wholesaling product throughout Alaska to retail gift shops targeting Alaska visitors.
has developed numerous workshops, delivered 'Business Planning' many times, written curriculum for commercial fishers interested in vertical integration and development of business skills to better manage income and survival in changing wild fisheries markets (week-long course accredited by the University of Alaska Fairbanks
and delivered 3 times in Valdez with later outreach into other rural Alaska communities dependent on ocean resources).
was recognized as the University of Alaska's
'Employee of the Year' in 2004 as a University employee in their Small Business Development program.
believes in small business as THE economic backbone of all communities world-wide.
When not working with small business Jean very much enjoys living her
lifetime dream of owning a farm - preserving one small portion of land, forests and meadows and the diversity of all matter of life there located.