What is the 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.
If you are interested in learning more about E2E, request an invitation through the Southern Oregon E2E Facebook page.