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Female entrepreneurs are starting new businesses at twice the rate of their male counterparts, finding opportunities to achieve work-life balance, and positively influencing cultural attitudes. Pictured: Kiki Prottsman, Executive Director of Thinkersmith; J. Ingrid Kessler, Co-owner of Emergency Veterinary Hospital; and Jane Hoselton, Vice President of RBC Wealth Management.



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CH A MBER@WORK Investing in tomorrow’s talent
The Chamber encourages collaboration that drives productivity, especially among startups. That’s why the Chamber works to connect early-stage entrepreneurs to the networking and educational resources they need to launch high-growth businesses. During the last three months we hosted five early- and concept-stage companies and provided opportunities for peer mentoring and access to education that help start-ups achieve more and spend less. This kind of forum sets the stage for individuals to hear the problems and challenges other founders are facing and collaborate with each other to find solutions.

Chamber travels to China
The Eugene Chamber took 50 travelers to China this fall to see the world’s fastest growing economy. The group enjoyed sightseeing in Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. In addition to traditional cultural sites such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City, travelers were able to tour some longstanding industries in China such as Jade, Silk, Embroidery and Chinese medicine. Next year the Eugene Chamber will lead a trip to Hong Kong and Bangkok. Information on those trips is available by contacting Pat May, 541-228-5642.
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Five questions for…
We asked two women business owners to respond to five questions that give insight into their lives and their businesses

Teresa Hentze
Owner, The Belle Sorelle, 1. What is the most important thing people should know about your business? The Belle Sorelle is an eclectic boutique with Frenchinspired home and gift items. But it isn’t just a great place to shop – it’s a place where women can make meaningful connections with other women. We are all “belle sorelle,” or “beautiful sisters!” 2. What has been your greatest challenge at work? Keeping up with tasks as a sole proprietor – inventory, bookkeeping, keeping things looking fresh, special orders – can be a challenge, but it also makes it more rewarding. 3. What is your favorite part of the job? I love meeting interesting new people every day. Everyone has something about them that is fascinating! 4.  What do you like best about the Eugene Chamber? The Chamber’ doesn’t just offer programs for business people, they offer services and support that help you create and pursue opportunities! 5.  What do you do in your free time? I enjoy just about anything in the outdoors – biking, hiking, walking, running and gardening. I also love to travel and spend time with my family.

Beverly Andrews
Owner, Doncaster Clothing & Accessories 1.  What is the most important thing people should know about your business? I provide a highly personalized service and a convenient way for time-challenged women to shop for beautiful clothing and accessories from Doncaster, the oldest direct apparel company in the U.S. 2.  What has been your greatest challenge at work? Getting women to see Doncaster for the first time. Once they’ve been introduced to the high quality clothing and accessories we offer, they appreciate the company’s couture-inspired designs for the “real” woman. 3.  What is your favorite part of the job? Working with women to help them look their best and express their individuality. 4.  What do you like best about the Eugene Chamber? The Chamber provides an opportunity to meet interesting people from a wide variety of businesses. It also helps me learn about the local community and what is happening. 5.  What do you do in your free time? I enjoy being an active participant in local service groups, such as Zonta Club of Eugene and Eugene Symphony Guild.

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Financial goals, community values
Financial advisor Jane Hoselton’s firm reflects stewardship values with a local committment
Jane Hoselton, vice president, financial advisor and branch director of RBC Wealth Management’s private client group, began her career in the financial services industry while she was still in college. Working alongside her father while attending the University of Oregon, the job began as a means to pay for her education but quickly became her passion. “I ended up really liking the industry and I met incredible people along the way who helped shape my career path,” explains Hoselton. Forty-one years later, she still enjoys the business. Together with her business partner, Tom Hannah, Hoselton and her experienced team provide wealth management services for families. They specialize in providing tailored strategies and attentive service to help clients “build, preserve, enjoy and share wealth” at all stages of their lives. In addition to helping their clients achieve financial success, Hoselton says promoting community involvement is an important part of RBC Wealth Management’s mission. “We have employees serving on the boards of local non-profit organizations, as well as giving their time to help with fundraising efforts in our community,” says Hoselton, who serves on the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lane County and the Women’s Association of Financial Advisors. “We believe in being good stewards in the community and are passionate about serving organizations that make a difference.” RBC Wealth Management has more than 5,000 employees in North America, and Hoselton’s office employs 19 in Eugene. The firm’s broad range of capabilities stem from their respected global leader, Royal Bank of Canada. Hoselton is proud that the firm’s character and culture are “reflected in our stewardship values and deep commitment to responsibly managing the assets our clients entrust to our care.” Hoselton’s commitment to clients, colleagues and community has helped RBC Wealth Management develop longlasting relationships, making the company a leader in the field and earning it recognition as one of the world’s top 10 largest wealth managers.
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Women mean business
Entrepreneurship is helping women create their own opportunities, achieve work-life balance, and positively influence cultural attitudes

Kiki Prottsman, executive director of Thinkersmith and J. Ingrid Kessler, co-owner of Emergency Veterinary Hospital say running their businesses gives them a 10 O P achievement. EN FOR BUSINESS sense of

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ationwide, female entrepreneurs are starting new businesses at twice the rate of their male counterparts. According to The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express earlier this year, privately held women-owned firms are the only

businesses that have created a net increase in employment outside of large, publicly traded corporations during the past six years.
In Oregon, women-owned businesses account for approximately 30 percent

of all firms, with that number growing slightly faster in the Portland and Eugene metro areas. The increase in the number of local businesses headed by women is one of the many reasons the Eugene Chamber of Commerce developed its Women Business Leaders program, which provides women an opportunity to meet, advise and support each other to promote their success. It should come as no surprise that a high percentage of nominees for the program’s annual Women Business Leader of the Year Award are entrepreneurs. Clearly, women represent a significant economic force in Oregon. While the “gender gap” remains a very real issue in the professional world, many feel

entrepreneurship is helping women create their own opportunities and achieve their desired work-life balance while positively influencing cultural attitudes toward women and work.

Developing Your Own Niche
For Kathy Smith, opening her own business wasn’t an intentional goal so much as it was the natural result of following her passions. “I was not highly directed in terms of a traditional career path,” said Smith, the owner of KJ Smith Associates, a marketing and business development firm in Eugene. “I just decided to study what I enjoyed doing and my career progressed organically from there.” While obtaining her undergraduate degree in English composition and literature at the University of Oregon, she was an English as a second language tutor to the children of an Arab entrepreneur. That relationship led to her first professional job

“I feel that I’ve been able to have a much more significant impact by developing my own niche.”
– Kathy Smith Owner of KJ Smith Associates

marketing and public relations for the hospitality and healthcare industries for thirteen years before returning to the UO for her master’s degree in planning, public policy and management. At that point, she said, striking out on her own was the next natural step. “Starting my own business was a means of creating a professional life more to my choosing,” Smith said. “As you might guess from the circuitous path I took to where I am now, I enjoy working across disciplines and traditional boundaries. Being on my own has given me the opportunity to do that while helping my clients launch and grow their businesses.” With a systems-oriented view of marketing and business development, Smith’s firm specializes in developing strategies for market entry and expansion. She said she has always had a strong focus on economic development; in addition to her professional work, she served on the Chamber’s economic advisory council

and the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Economic Development, and recently joined the Parenting Now! board of directors to lead its social enterprise initiative to grow revenues from sales of its parenting curriculum. “It’s gratifying to me – personally and professionally – to help increase opportunity in the community,” said Smith. “I feel that I’ve been able to have a much more significant impact by developing my own niche.”

“There are certainly challenges to owning your own business, but the payback is an incredible sense of achievement.”
– J. Ingrid Kessler Co-owner of Emergency Veterinary Hospital

at the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Springfield “I hesitantly agreed,” she said, “and within an hour I was absolutely hooked! My very first emergency was a very dramatic, life-and-death issue, but it was also an easy fix. It felt so amazing to be able to make a profound difference in the lives of the animals and their owners…I just knew it was what I wanted to do.” Within two months, the hospital had a full-time opening and Kessler took the position. She and a coworker, Mark McConnell, D.V.M., eventually decided to purchase the clinic and expand its hours and services. “Originally, the hospital was open weekends, nights and holidays – when other veterinarians’ offices were closed,” she said. “But emergency medicine can be very disruptive to a general practice, and most don’t have the specialized equipment to deal with traumatic or rare conditions. Mark and I saw an opportunity to fill

the local Humane Society.

Doing What You Love
It may not be surprising that as a veterinarian, J. Ingrid Kessler, D.V.M. has always loved animals. But like Smith, Kessler said she didn’t start out knowing what she wanted to do professionally. As an undergraduate, she studied the classics at Cornell University and enjoyed it so much she pursued her doctorate at Stanford University. While there, she realized her true calling while volunteering at

“I found myself spending more time at the shelter than studying at the library,” she said. “I quickly realized my passion was for animals and science, and that combination led me to veterinary school.” After she completed her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine at Michigan State University, Kessler promptly moved to Eugene and began working in a general veterinary practice. Just 18 months into her career, she was asked to fill in a shift

as the national director of advertising for a San Diego-based Arab-language real estate investing magazine. “It was a huge amount of responsibility for someone so green,” Smith laughs. “But it was a great opportunity that introduced me to the field and put me on the path to my current job.” Smith returned to Eugene to work in

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a need and jumped at it.” Since purchasing the hospital in 2005, Kessler and McConnell have steadily grown their practice. Emergency Veterinary Hospital is now a 24/7 enterprise, and five years ago, they opened a second clinic, Animal Urgent Care, on West 11

in Eugene. They’ve grown from three full-time veterinarians to nine and have added an internal medicine specialist and a dentist. With a staff of 45 people, they work collaboratively with more than 50 referring veterinarians who turn to them for emergencies and special situations. “There are certainly challenges to owning your own business, but the payback is an incredible sense of achievement,” said Kessler.

“You shouldn’t settle for a job just because you feel you need to fill the space – you’ve really got to be in love. I knew I’d be better off on my own.”
– Kiki Prottsman Executive director of Thinkersmith

knew I’d be better off on my own.” A Eugene native, she returned home from Seattle to get her master’s degree from the University of Oregon in computer science. While considering her next move, inspiration struck when Prottsman was researching music lessons for her children. “Music is this wonderful thing that people are really passionate about,” she said. “I feel the same way about computer science, and wished more people could experience it as the creative, expressive medium it really is. And suddenly the idea for Thinkersmith just clicked!” Prottsman thought that if she could make computer science less scary by teaching it through fun games and handson exercises, she could make it more accessible to people – including underrepresented populations like women and older individuals. “If you just drop people into computer programming, they tend to shut down,”

Prottsman said. “Thinkersmith creates a bridge that helps people learn computer science in an intuitive and exciting way.” With the help of corporate sponsorships from companies like Emberex, Google and, Prottsman has developed successful classroom outreach initiatives and will be unveiling free online lessons anyone can use this December. Her next goal is to launch a capital campaign to create a facility in Eugene where people of all ages and abilities – including school-age children, seasoned programmers and senior citizens – can access the equipment, software, instruction and support they need to build their computer skills. Prottsman said that balancing the demands of her growing organization and energetic kids can be a challenge, but the flexibility of her job helps her stay true to her priorities. “I work at home in the afternoons when the kids are out of school. Sometimes I miss meetings to go to the pumpkin

patch; sometimes I miss soccer games to go to meetings,” she said. “But at the end of the day, my kids are my ‘magnetic north’ and focusing on that always centers me and gives more purpose to what I’m doing professionally.”

Smith added that while there have been a few times she experienced some stereotypical “woman in a man’s world” situations, the most significant challenges she’s had are those that any professional – male or female – must face. “Part of being successful is facing unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations,” she said. “Learning from my mistakes, preparing and being open to change have helped me grow and develop the confidence to face any professional challenge that comes my way – and actually enjoy it!” In addition to commitment, work ethic and intelligence, Smith advises other women to understand themselves and lead with their strengths. Prottsman adds that women shouldn’t be afraid to “let out their inner lion.” “Sometimes, women’s instinct to keep the peace prevents us from making progress,” said Prottsman. “Be stronger than you think you are and you’ll be amazed at what you can overcome.”
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We’ve Come a Long Way
Smith, Kessler and Prottsman all say there have been moments when, even as business owners, they’ve encountered unique challenges as women. “It’s unfortunate, but some people are still less likely to immediately perceive me as a decision-maker,” said Kessler. “But,” she added, “I think women have more opportunity now than we ever have. Even now, cultural attitudes are changing to open the door for women to pursue their creative and analytic passions without restriction. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but I think we’re seeing more women moving up the ranks, blazing their own paths and encouraging those behind them.”

After her divorce, the single mom of two active young boys struggled with reentering the workforce. She wanted a job that could support her family and be professionally rewarding while still allowing her to spend time with her children. “I started to realize that, like a marriage, you shouldn’t settle for a job just because you feel you need to fill the space – you’ve really got to be in love,” Prottsman said. “Most nine-to-five jobs weren’t going to give me what I needed to be happy, and I

Striking the Right Balance
The flexibility to follow their own path is a major motivator for many female entrepreneurs, said Kiki Prottsman, executive director of Thinkersmith.

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Tips for women in business
In the spirit of encouraging young women in business, we asked several past winners of the Woman Business Leader of the Year Award to share their thoughts about what they think is the most important thing young women in business need to know.

Rudnick named Woman Business Leader of the Year 
  The Eugene Chamber Women Business Leaders program celebrated the Woman Business Leader of the Year award by announcing Sharon Rudnick as the 2013 winner. Rudnick is Shareholder, Owner and Attorney for Harrang Long Gary Rudnick. The other award finalists were: Denise Ghazal, Market President of Greater Eugene for Pacific Continental Bank Diana Bray, Marketing Manager for Valley River Center Megan Shultz, Executive Director

“I’m a big believer in asking forgiveness instead of permission. Young women in the workforce today should respect the hard work that has come before them, but should continue to push the boundaries that are still placed on working women. I also recommend that women dress and act based on the job they WANT, not the one they currently have.” Anne Marie Levis President – Creative Director Funk/Levis & Associates 2012 Woman Business Leader Award Winner

“Women in business can achieve ANYTHING they set their minds to, but they should do it their way. Be proud of what you bring to the table as a strong woman. A new generation of powerful women is pushing their agenda and showing the world that women can achieve the success they want the way they want – working just as hard as or harder than men, but not necessarily working in the same way. Women need to demand employers give them flexibility, and measure them on progress and results, not on face time spent in the office. “

“ Be ready to work harder and do more preparation than your male counterparts, especially if your interest is in a non-traditional field. You will find that it is so worth the extra effort when you make your entrance with confidence and poise. Sometimes you won’t really feel that way inside, but you can pull it off with a little practice. Don’t try to be something you are not or are not comfortable with. That will show. There are many opportunities for you out there in the world. Try to figure out your special niche.” Jeanne Staton

“Your opportunities are limitless, so confidently set your sights wherever your heart leads. Pursue your dreams with kindness and humor, never fearing critique – for that is often the springboard for growth. If one door closes, open another. Amidst the busy daily whirl, remember to enjoy the journey. The things that matter most – touching lives, caring for others and God’s gift of family and friends – can’t be measured on a profit and loss statement or a resume. There will always be something left on the ‘to do’ list, but those things seldom truly matter. “ Shirley Lyons Owner Dandelions Flowers & Gifts LLC 2011 Woman Business Leader Award Winner

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The award recognizes businesses with a committment to people, planet and prosperity
The Eugene businesses, GloryBee Foods, Life Technologi es and Rainbow Valley Design and Construction have been named finalists for the re-envisioned Bold Steps Award. The award recognizes Eugene-based sustainable businesses and represents a partnership between The City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and BRING’s RE:think Business program. It was recently updated from a semi-monthly award to an annual award with a higher level of competition and higher visibility for the finalists. For the City of Eugene, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the triple bottom line – people, planet and prosperity – to address the community’s present needs without compromising future generations. The Bold Steps award recognizes businesses that embody this vision and are taking bold steps in each area of the triple bottom line. Some highlights from this year’s finalists include: • In 2012, GloryBee Foods reduced its use of propane, natural gas, and water by 15%, 4% and 37% respectively, and diverted 65% of all waste from landfills. The company offsets 100% of its electricity consumption with Renewable Energy Certificates. • Life Technologies created the The InnovatioNationTM program connects employees with local schools to educate and inspire students about careers in life science and has achieved zero waste certification, diverting 93% of nonhazardous waste from the landfill. • Rainbow Valley Design & Construction is installing a bioswale retrofit at their offices and has a solar array that generates one-half of their power. The company uses green design principles in its work as a matter of course, including the use of daylighting, passive solar and ventilation and “rightsizing.” To be considered for the Bold Steps award, businesses must be certified through the RE:think Business program by August of each year, then provide additional information via the Bold Steps Award application. Bold Steps finalists will receive public relations and marketing support about
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the award and a professionally produced video about their sustainable practices. This year’s award winner will be announced at the Mayor’s State of the City Event in January, 2014. On that night, the winning business will get to take the Bold Steps Award, designed by local artist Jud Turner, back to their place of business for the year. Further information about the Bold Steps award and a link to the application is available on the City of Eugene website at To learn more about RE:think Business, go to BRING’s website at and click on the RE:think logo.
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Heidi Albertson has been promoted to national sports sales manager for the Hilton Eugene. Natasha Baker has been promoted to director of group sales. Mamie and John Arnold received the 2013 Community Star Award from Mercedes-Benz of Eugene. The award is presented annually to a community leader whose dedication to high standards and selfless service makes a significant difference in the local community. M. Callie Gisler has joined Vox Public Relations Public Affairs as a public relations associate. In her new role, she will assist in campaign development and tactical implementation, as well as develop digital marketing strategies and manage social media for the firm’s clients. Cathryn Stephens, Eugene Airport deputy airport director of airport services, was elected president of the Oregon Airport Management Association at the organization’s fall conference. Umpqua Bank announces the following promotions: Terry Gent, divisional manager, Oregon and California non-metro commercial banking; Aaron Walker, regional manager, Oregon non-metro commercial banking; Jeff Singer, Lane County commercial banking center manager; and Jennifer Morrocco, commercial loan officer. Caryn Kimble has joined Roehl & Yi Investment Advisors LLC as an investment advisor. Kimble is a 25-year veteran of the investment industry and holds Series 7, 8, 63 and 66 licenses.

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Quantum Health has hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Jason Pellegrini. www.quantumhealth. com Level 32 Racing LLC is owned and operated by James Houghton, 2013 Co-Chair of the Eugene Chamber Greeters. Level 32 Racing is acquiring the portfolio of running events, 14 unique road races and a series of six trail races, previously produced by Eclectic Edge Racing. Pink Buffalo Racing, a division of Pink Buffalo Productions LLC, and owned by Piper Ruiz, is a race management company that specializes in providing unique running and walking events for participants of all fitness levels. Their next event is the Eugene Holiday Half Marathon & Hustle.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has received the following foundation grants over the past several months to train and support new volunteer advocates: Taco Bell Foundation for Teens ($13,170); Cottage Grove Community Foundation ($1,000); and RBC Foundation – USA ($5,000). Blue Bus Creatives Burley Design LLC Core Business Services Cornerstone Tailgates Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Directors Mortgage DocuTRAK Imaging, Inc. Eugene Mini Storage/Attic Storage/4Corners Storage Eugene Waldorf School General Credit Service Inc./Evolve Business Solutions LLC GravityLab Multimedia LLC Greek Image Gyros Gyros - Mediterranean Cuisine Hemp Shield Company Kingsley Court Retirement Center www. Lane Arts Council Lane Business Referral Partners Level 32 Racing LLC Lia Sophia Jewelry - Kristin Quick Liberty Mutual Insurance Monte Nido & Affiliates Mother Ship Food Cart Mutual of Omaha Nutrie Pacific Office Automation Payroll Resources LLC Pink Buffalo Racing Power Up for Profits Quantum, Inc. Riverwalk Apartments ServiceMaster of Eugene Sierra Pacific Mortgage Thinkersmith Titan Design & Construction LLC Togo’s Great Sandwiches UNIFIED Human Resources Upstart Crow Studios Urban Fab Styling Vista Counseling & ADHD Clinic Young at Heart Balloon Art
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ur Chamber’s mission focuses on the promotion of a healthy local economy by

mentor one another in order to promote the success of their businesses. The Chamber believes supporting women-owned businesses – one of the fastest growing categories of small business – is good economic development strategy. With the support of sponsors KeyBank and Jones & Roth CPA’s & Business Advisors, our WBL luncheons provide knowledge, inspiration and networking opportunities for women business owners and leaders. In addition, our Woman Business Leader of the Year Award honors

achievements and contributions to the community. We believe this annual award helps inspire the next generation of local women business leaders. Women are increasingly important players in the prosperity of our region. Supporting the continued growth of women business leaders and women-owned businesses therefore benefits our entire business community. To learn more about the Chamber’s Women Business Leaders program, visit our website at
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influencing business success. Among the strategies we have advanced in pursuit of that mission is supporting women-owned businesses. Businesses led by women are and will continue to have a noticeable impact on the local economy. The numbers tell the story: according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report commissioned by American Express, women-owned business are growing and positively impacting the economy. Between 1997 and 2013, when the number of businesses in the United States increased by 41 percent, the number of women-owned firms increased by 59 percent – a rate one and a half times the national average. Over the past six years, womenowned firms have added an estimat-

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ed 175,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. In Oregon, the number of womenowned firms has grown from 80,543 in 1997 to 120,800 in 2013 – a growth of 50 percent. Women-owned businesses in Oregon provide over 100,000 jobs. In 2006, the Eugene Chamber created Women Business Leaders (WBL) to provide women business owners and managers the opportunity to meet, support, celebrate and a successful woman business owner or primary manager for her business success, career
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