Press ReleasesPress Release – OEN Names Venture Catalyst for Mid-Willamette Valley

Mike White will coach and mentor entrepreneurs in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties

Portland, Ore., — June 25, 2019— The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) announced today that a new Venture Catalyst, Mike White, has been hired to support the Mid-Willamette Valley region encompassing the counties of Marion, Polk, and Yamhill.

OEN, a 28-year-old nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs and startups find success, works with a network of partners supporting Venture Catalysts in Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley, and West Metro Portland. The Venture Catalysts are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs outside the Portland metro area be successful by connecting them to people, programs and capital resources.

Mike White, an experienced entrepreneur, adviser, and business educator, will bring his love of all things business to developing a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Mid-Valley region.

“I measure success by helping others see success. It’s just who I am as a person and as a professional,” said White. “I’m so excited to bring this orientation to my role as a Venture Catalyst.”

White was an adjunct business instructor at Chemeketa Community College and maintains availability as a business adviser through the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center. He runs a number of entrepreneurial brands and is an advocate for youth as the founder of a nonprofit that helps high schoolers get inspired for their first professional steps.

OEN, a nonprofit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed, supports a network of Venture Catalysts across Oregon to provide on-the-ground business assessment, educational programming, coaching and mentoring.

“We can’t wait to get Mike out working with entrepreneurs,” said Jim Coonan, Interim Executive Director of OEN. “His energy, enthusiasm, and experience make him a great addition to the team.”

About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)

OEN, a nonprofit in the State of Oregon, is one of the first and largest organizations dedicated to improving Oregon’s economy by supporting startups from every industry across the state. A member-based organization with a 28-year history, OEN is the heart of Oregon’s entrepreneurial community. OEN helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up by connecting them to the people they need to know, the programs and education they need to grow, and the capital they need to scale. Its mission is to drive innovation, facilitate job creation, and put Oregon on the map as a center for entrepreneurial excellence. Learn more at

Miles Shattuck
Marketing & Communications Manager
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
(503) 222-2270

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