About Hatch Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions


What, Why, How and Who

What Hatch Oregon Brings Local Communities
  1. Education that strengthens social and local enterprise
  2. Legal tools and practices for community investing
  3. Connections across the state
  4. Programs that unite community and economic development
  5. Full SEC compliance and legal oversight

What is Hatch Oregon?

Hatch Oregon is a brand new economic engine for growing community capital. It's a result of the work of Hatch Innovation, the nonprofit that pushed through Oregon's new law enabling community investing.

Our team of educators and experts engage with local community leaders to build the missing infrastructure needed to accelerate community and economic development.

Imagine checking the local paper for local investing opportunities, or attending events where local opportunities are shared, or a growing number of social and locally owned enterprises steadily improving the economic health of your county. It's possible, and Hatch Oregon makes it possible.

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Why This Matters

When locally owned businesses thrive, your community thrives along with them. They are key to community wealth and economic health.

Local businesses are struggling. For the first time ever, the financial crisis is on an international scale, resulting in weakened local economies everywhere. It is increasingly difficult for businesses to find the capital they need in order to thrive.

However, a few of us have been tracking four promising trends. We decided to combine our expertise to create something new that would harness these emerging forces for community capital.

Our aim is to help you apply these promising practices to your community.

Key Features of Hatch Oregon

Two ways to invest - in place or product, secure login for investing, donation-based crowdfunding, investor education, community building tools, compliance in Oregon law, and education.

How it Works

On the Ground

We work directly with local leaders to embed new investment practices and tools into the fabric of the community. We are working with regional leaders to increase capacity to serve their constituencies via train-the-trainers workshops and new professional resources. help people understand how to do community investments for tangible economic development. And, the Hatch Oregon provides valuable community connections across the region, building and sharing regional strategies.

Online

Online, we provide the first statewide arena for listing, sharing, and investing in local investment opportunities of every type, resource-rich content, and community building tools. The regional NODES promote communications, marketing and press support, and education online. The management team provides oversight for legal and financial compliance.

The Hatch Oregon Founding Team

Hatch Innovation and other state experts have contributed their considerable legal, technological, financial, and educational expertise to the creation of the law and Hatch Oregon, building understanding and connections across Oregon's leadership. A National Team provides ongoing expertise and a national perspective; our State and Regional Partners provide a channel for communication, regional knowledge, and deal flow as well as on-site trainings.

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Statewide Team

Ruth Miles

Small Business Advocate, Office of the Secretary of State

Ruth works collaboratively with entrepreneurs and state agencies to help streamline and improve Oregon’s business climate. She brings a unique combination of public and private sector experience to her work in the Secretary’s Office of Small Business Assistance. With 18 years of experience running small businesses, Ruth understands first-hand the challenges that entrepreneurs face. An avid kayaker, she comes to the Secretary of State after nine years in the legislative branch, where she helped constituents navigate the shifting waters and complexities of state government.

http://sos.oregon.gov/Pages/meet-the-executive-team.aspx

Wendy Siporen

Executive Director, Thrive

Wendy Siporen has been the Executive Director of Thrive since 2002. She launched the Rogue Flavor campaign in 2005. After starting her career as a Congressional staffer, she returned to Southern Oregon and worked as a reporter for the Oregonian, the Mail Tribune and as News Editor for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Wendy's Southern Oregon roots are deep, running back to her great-grandparents who lived and farmed in Lakeview, Oregon. She holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Southern Oregon University and a BA in Political Science from Whitman College.

http://www.buylocalrogue.org/

Stephen Michael

State Director, Main Street Alliance of Oregon

Stephen Michael is the Oregon State Director and National Campaigns Manager of The Main Street Alliance. The Main Street Alliance works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues here in Oregon & across the nation. Their advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.

http://oregon.mainstreetalliance.org

Amy Pearl

Founder and Executive Director, Hatch Innovation

Amy Pearl founded Springboard (now Hatch Innovation) in 2004 to enable citizens to create new kinds of enterprises that transform how we build a livable future. Over her career she has developed many innovative programs to help address our shared challenges by activating a new kind of community leader. She draws on her extensive experience in the education, corporate, and social sectors to help break down silos. Her own career has taken her from the classroom and school district to the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, to managing Intel's online international education initiatives.

http://www.hatchthefuture.org/

Noah Brockman

Capital Access Team Lead at Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

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, where he
facilitates Profit Mastery and participates as one of OSBDCN's Grow
Oregon Business Advisors. Over the years he has worked with hundreds of small business owners on business planning and capitalization - helping to secure millions of dollars in capital.

http://www.bizcenter.org/

National Advisors

Amy Cortese

Journalist and author of Locavesting

Amy Cortese is an award-winning journalist, author and New York Times contributor. Her book, Locavesting, chronicles the local investing movement and explores how a small shift in investment away from multinationals towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country. Building on the momentum of the book and the movement it helped catalyze, she recently launched locavesting.com, a new media site dedicated to covering the fast-evolving field of community capital. Amy has given talks from Maui to Seoul, and was named a “Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leader.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

http://www.locavesting.com/Locavesting_.html

Michael Shuman

Economist, Attorney, Author, and Entrepreneur

Michael has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense; The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. He speaks around the world on how to grow local economic health. Michael holds an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

http://small-mart.org/

Founding Team

Amy Pearl

Founder and Executive Director, Hatch Innovation

Amy Pearl founded Springboard (now Hatch Innovation) in 2004 to enable citizens to create new kinds of enterprises that transform how we build a livable future. Over her career she has developed many innovative programs to help address our shared challenges by activating a new kind of community leader. She draws on her extensive experience in the education, corporate, and social sectors to help break down silos. Her own career has taken her from the classroom and school district to the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, to managing Intel's online international education initiatives.

http://www.hatchthefuture.org/

Lee Lancaster

Board Member, Hatch Innovationhttp://www.hatchthefuture.org

MJ Coe

Entrepreneur

Yu Te

Chief Marketing Geek, MacPCXhttp://macpcx.com/

Kristen Pendergrass

Chief of Staff, Representative Tobias Readhttp://www.tobiasread.com/

Jared Gardner

Owner of Nehalem River Ranch and Business Consultanthttps://www.facebook.com/nehalemriverranch

Stephen Michael

State Director, Main Street Alliance of Oregon

Stephen Michael is the Oregon State Director and National Campaigns Manager of The Main Street Alliance. The Main Street Alliance works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues here in Oregon & across the nation. Their advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.

http://oregon.mainstreetalliance.org/

Ahmed Bohliqa

Technology Director, Hatch Innovationhttp://www.hatchthefuture.org/

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