Capital Access Team
The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network’s Capital Access Team (CAT) started in 2011 as a business advising “special team” dedicated to working with SBDC clients on getting projects funded. The CAT program has grown into four regional teams which have engaged over 700 small businesses. The resulting impact has been to assist 200+ businesses projects with over $90M in capital.
The CAT advising team assists business owners statewide via confidential business advising.
There are four CAT regions across the state.
Meet the regional advisors…
Noah Brockman – Team Lead and Northwest Oregon (Region 1) CAT Advisor
Noah Brockman leads OSBDCN’s Capital Access Team (CAT), the group that provides strategic business advising to SBDC clients statewide on access to capital, business planning and financial analysis. Noah has worked with the Portland Community College SBDC since 2008.
Over the years he has worked with hundreds of small business owners on business planning and capitalization – helping to secure over $30 million dollars in capital. His professional background includes management consulting, strategic planning, financial analysis, program management, market research and international affairs.
Noah has an MBA from the University of Portland with a focus on Entrepreneurship. He holds certifications in Project Management, Profit Mastery, and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). Noah is also the principal consultant at Pointman Consulting, LLC, of Portland.
Gary Richards – Central Oregon (Region 2) CAT Advisor
As the Region 2 advisor for the Capital Access Team, Gary Richards covers an area that includes Salem, Albany, Eugene, Bend and Lincoln City. He’s currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Chemeketa Community College, where he serves as a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center. Since 1984, he has coordinated the planning, capitalization, and development of more than 100 businesses and helped raise more than $120 million in equity and debt financing for them.
An experienced business owner and manager, Gary has launched, built and sold businesses large and small over the past 20 years. Gary’s background includes being chairman and CEO of a national business unit of a Fortune 500 company where he gained significant experience in business analysis and capital formation. Gary has been a licensed business broker in Oregon since 2004 and has operated his own brokerage since 2008.
He served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council, a key private-sector advisory group that advises the SBA, Congress, and the president on small business issues. Gary holds a BA degree in Management and Technology from the University of Maryland.
Greg Smith- Eastern Oregon (Region 3) CAT Advisor
In addition to his work with the Capital Access Team, Greg is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Oregon University. He has 23 years of wide-ranging experience in small business consultation, business recruitment and gap-financing. Greg’s current work focuses primarily on small business assistance, business recruitment, project development, and commercial financing.
Greg is a national leader in gap-finance lending according to national statistics gathered by OSBDCN. On average, he annually participates in the commercial gap-financing and loan packaging of more than $15 million. This is a direct result of the solid relationships that Greg has developed with Eastern Oregon’s leading financiers.
Greg graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a BS degree in Liberal Studies and a master’s in Business Administration. He was named Eastern Oregon University’s 2001 Distinguished Alumnus.
Dorian Corliss – Southern Oregon (Region 4) CAT Advisor
Dorian has worked with the SBDC since 2010 as an SBM and NLP Advisor offering his expertise in financial matters. He has been a CEO of three different banking institutions in the Pacific Northwest, and was instrumental in the formation of two of those banks.
Dorian was born and raised in Medford, Oregon and attended St. Mary’s School where he participated in sports and excelled in academics. He then attended Brown University in Providence RI, receiving a B.A. Degree in Economics. He later attended Rutgers University at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and graduated with honors, having his thesis published. Dorian has also operated his own small business that developed a water toy, and with two other partners to create Water Sports Inc. to manufacture and market the “Dip Stik”, a very popular water and rafting toy. He is a sport enthusiast having rafted many of the rivers in the western US and loves to ride his Harley “Ultra” any time he gets the opportunity.