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Former publisher to head small business center

As host to one of 19 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in Oregon, the OregonCoastCommunity College provides educational services that help establish long-term success of small businesses.
With the retirement of long-time director Guy Faust, the College has selected David Price as the next SBDC Director.  Price becomes only the fourth SBDC director in the college’s 25 year history.  Faust enthusiastically expressed, “I couldn’t be happier about Dave Price coming on as OCCC’s new SBDC Director.  He knows how small businesses operate, he knows the county, and I know he’ll do a great job.”
Price first moved to LincolnCounty in 1996, when he became publisher of the News Guard.  In 2005 he and wife Niki founded the OregonCoast TODAY, a weekly publication which grew from 5,000 to 17,000 copies per week.  The family business was sold in October 2012 to East Oregonian Publishing Company.  Today, Niki Price is director of the LincolnCountyCulturalCenter.
The attention given by the SBDC team to growing individual businesses reflects in the success of these county-wide, family businesses.  “Dave Price brings an excellent blend of skills, abilities and knowledge that will continue and expand the effectiveness of the SBDC’s impact on individuals and the Lincoln County economy”, acknowledged Bruce Koike, OCCC’s Interim President.
The purpose of the OCCC-SBDC is to help start, grow, and retain businesses LincolnCounty.  This is accomplished by providing counseling, training, and information referral.  During 2012 the OCCC-SBDC provided one-to-one confidential business advising to 172 clients totaling 1,040 hours of service.  In addition, they held 76 training events serving 574 participants.
The SBDC is funded by several revenue streams including state and federal grants, user fees and the college’s general fund.  Participating businesses engage a number of SBDC staff including Dave Price (SBDC Director), Ron Spisso (business coach), Kathleen Knight (administrative assistant) and a cadre of community business advisors.
Out-going director, Guy Faust explains that “The SBDC is making and impact on small businesses in LincolnCounty, but when you consider we have over 3,000 registered businesses, we have much more to do.  That will be the opportunity and challenge for Dave Price to continue expanding SBDC services to our local business owners.”
Business owners wishing to invest in fine tuning their operations are invited to review SBDC class offerings on the college’s website, or contact Price at (541) 867-8522.Spisso at (541) 487-4855, or the SBDC office at (541) 996-6222, x 204.