Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur
What is the Southern Oregon Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur (E2E) Network?
Inspired by communities from Bend to Boulder, management consultant Cynthia Scherr and financial consultant Linda Ganim, along with other local entrepreneurs, started E2E three years ago. They challenged their friends and clients, most of whom own businesses, to come together as a loose group of entrepreneurs to focus on promoting, developing and enhancing a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern Oregon.
E2E has a clear mission, but no official structure or dues. The group meets at a different company every month to learn about the business, hear the ups and downs of the owner’s entrepreneurship story and talk about any challenges it faces moving forward. Entrepreneurs share experiences, inspiration and resources. People’s Bank of Commerce sponsors the pizza and beer.
Cynthia also works with Jefferson Public Radio to curate a podcast called “The Ground Floor” that highlights the entrepreneurial adventures of businesses in Southern Oregon. You can hear the segment on The Jefferson Exchange the third Monday of every month.
The goal of E2E is to create space and time for entrepreneurs to learn from other entrepreneurs in their own community without requiring formal membership or a regular commitment. The group hopes to augment the efforts of the chambers of commerce, service clubs and economic development organizations in our region.
The following articles are written by Cynthia Scherr.
Cynthia Scherr has over 20 years of experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. She also co-founded the Southern Oregon E2E network.
The Southern Oregon Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur group met at BioSkin in Medford for their February meeting. BioSkin was started over 25 years ago by Dean Cropper. They manufacture and sell hypoallergenic, breathable, lightweight and comfortable medical grade braces and compression devices based on a patented material created by Dean. They have grown to 40 employees…Read More
By Cynthia Scherr November 29, 2019 E2E Meeting One of the most delightful aspects of a Southern Oregon summer is the 35° temperature difference from day to night. Perhaps you’re like me, running around every evening opening windows to let in the cool evening air, then another lap around the house in the morning, closing…Read More
October 29, 2019 E2E Meeting – SOE2E.com By Cynthia ScherrOctober 31, 2019 Who would trade a stable corporate salary, regular work hours and stock options to join a start up? Noelle Christensen did. “It sounded like fun!” Noelle followed a corporate path after graduating with a degree from Southern Oregon University in business. Harry and David…Read More
October 29, 2019 E2E Meeting – SOE2E.com By Cynthia ScherrOctober 31, 2019 “The most rewarding part of our business is receiving letters from soldiers thanking us for saving their lives,” explains Vice President and General Manager, Noelle Christensen, to members of Southern Oregon E2E. E2E toured Massif’s Ashland headquarters to learn how the company designs,…Read More
September 24, 2019 E2E Meeting By Cynthia Scherr You can’t escape kindergarten without hearing the story of The Little Engine that Could. It’s the right encouragement for small children and certainly anyone who starts a business. Business is an uphill battle, especially when you have something vitally important to deliver, you depend on tracks someone…Read More
By Cynthia Scherr Laz Ayala carried the American Dream inside him when he crossed the U.S. border in the trunk of a Cadillac as a 14-year-old. Now Laz, with partners Mark Knox and David DeCarlow, are making the American Dream of owning a home accessible to Southern Oregonians. Southern Oregon Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur (E2E)…Read More
Inspired by communities from Bend to Boulder, management consultant Cynthia Scherr and financial consultant Linda Ganim, along with other local entrepreneurs, started E2E three years ago. They challenged their friends and clients, most of whom own businesses, to come together as a loose group of entrepreneurs to focus on promoting, developing and enhancing a sustainable…Read More
by Cynthia Scherr Traffic snakes along at 5 mph, horns honk, the smell of asphalt and exhaust mix in the air. Ever found a traffic jam inspiring? Craig Black, founder of Blackstone Publishing, did. Thirsty to continue his education, Craig started reading classic literature and history in his 30s while driving L.A. freeways. After several…Read More
By: Henry Fields If you’ve ever struggled to spell “entrepreneur” you might know that it’s a term borrowed from French. It’s too bad that an early English-language equivalent, “adventurer,” didn’t catch on. The term perfectly captures the swashbuckling, eccentric personality needed to start a business (and it’s easier to spell). Though English needed the loanword,…Read More
What is Mindset? We all have a mindset, yet often we are not consciously aware of it or the profound effect it has on our lives. Our mindset is the underlying mechanism that can expose opportunities and ignite our ambition, engaging our faculties in ways that enable us to flourish and thrive. Yet, our mindset…Read More