OEN PubTalk: Alternative Debt and Finance


***Registration is closed. We will take walk-in registration at the door. Come join us!***


Despite the glam and hype, the vast majority of startup companies don’t take equity investment. This session focuses on local funding options outside the venture capital world and will help you understand how to use debt to launch or grow a business.

You’ll learn:

  • Types of alternative financing options available
  • How to qualify for loans or alternative financing
  • Where to turn locally for support and help getting alt financing
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1/15/2020 05:15 PM
1/15/2020 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Alternative Debt and Finance
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby


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Jane Ullman

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Jane has been the CFO of multiple young technology companies including The Clymb, an e-commerce company in the outdoor industry; ShiftWise, a healthcare SaaS company; RuleSpace, a security SaaS company; and myAgro a mobile technology/agriculture company. She has extensive fundraising experience, having raised more than $150MM from VCs, PEs, angels, lenders, leasing companies and impact investors. Jane was also an investment banker with the World Bank/IFC where she structured and negotiated financing for startups in East Africa. She worked for Dole Foods in Chile and for The North Face and began her career as a mechanical engineer in solar energy. Jane holds an MBA from Stanford and a BS in mechanical engineering, geology, and math from Vanderbilt. She spends her free time hiking, biking, backpacking, skiing, running, playing soccer and traveling to remote corners of the world whenever possible.





Tom Schnell

Business Finance Officer, Business Oregon

Tom is a graduate of Oregon State University where he studied Finance and General Behavioral Science. He also obtained an international business degree from the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark. Tom received his graduate degree from Pacific Coast Banking School in 2013. He has over 30 years in finance, 25 of which were in commercial banking and five in Economic Development Finance. He has been involved in both debt financing and equities. His experience ranges from serving small start-up companies to large corporations. He has experience in agricultural, real estate, asset-based, equipment, and line of credit financing.


Amy Jermain

Principal Strategist, Plumbline CoLAB & XXcelerate Fund

Amy is the Principal Strategist at consulting collaborative, Plumbline CoLAB, where she works with nonprofits, social enterprises, and public entities in creating pragmatic solutions for sustainable and impactful operations and programming. She holds a Masters degree in International Development Economics from the University of Kent at Brussels, and her experience has taken her all over the world to explore micro-finance, entrepreneurship and capacity building within emerging and restrictive economies with vulnerable populations. She is currently working with XXcelerate on their new Loan Fund program, and with Mercy Corps NW’s LIFE program, which serves individuals re-entering the workforce from prison. 


Adam Zimmerman


Adam has worked at Craft3 for 17 years, assuming the role of President and CEO in 2016. He’s been a member of Craft3’s executive management team since 2011, and prior to accepting the President role served as Executive Vice President guiding organizational growth, consumer lending, external affairs, and brand management. In 2006, with support from the Ford Foundation, Adam worked with nine other CDFIs to develop the Triple Bottom Line Collaborative and Scorecard. In 2009 Adam launched Craft3’s energy efficiency lending program, which in 2010 was recognized with the Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance.


Chris Tjersland

Director of Brand Strategy & Development, New Seasons

Chris oversees programs that support and mentor small regional food producers, and bring their products to life at New Seasons. His responsibilities also include the development and branding of the Partner Brands, a line of locally produced, seed-to-shelf products sold at both New Seasons and New Leaf Markets, and New Seasons Partner Fund, a microloan program intended to support a diverse regional food economy through low-interest jump-start loans and business mentorship. Chris is Northwest native and earned a degree in business and communication from Linfield College.




The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $20 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

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January 15, 2020 5:15 PM
January 15, 2020 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
Julie Brown
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