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U.S. Bank Donates $3,000 to RCC Entrepreneurs Commercial Cookspace

U.S. Bank recently donated $3,000 to support the Entrepreneurs Commercial Cookspace in Kerby, Oregon.  This donation will greatly help in this groundbreaking initiative by the Rogue Community College (RCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help local entrepreneurs in the ever-growing food manufacturing industry get a jump-start on their craft. 

When Deelia Warner of U.S. Bank presented Judy Basker, RCC Foundation Director, the gift of $3000. Basker said, “We will support our Small Business Development Center in moving forward with this project.” 

Warner agreed, "Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and we are proud to support RCC, and the Small Business Development Center, in their efforts to help small business entrepreneurs realize their dreams!" 

The cookspace project was launched through collaborative efforts of RCC, Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center (IVBEC), City of Grants Pass, Josephine County, and U.S. Bank. The project is a retrofit an existing space in Kerby to provide a shared workspace for start-up and expanding food businesses.   

“There are countless people in our community that have the talent to make it big in the food industry,” said Tim Busald, SBDC Business Adviser.  “But many of these startups simply don’t have access to the space and equipment they need to grow.  This partnership with our local and regional economic stakeholders is helping us create jobs while making dreams come true for new entrepreneurs.” 

The commercial kitchen space provides a low-cost opportunity for people with small, artisanal, and ethnic food businesses to make the transition from working in their home kitchens to using fully equipped, professionally managed and licensed facilities.  In addition to kitchen facilities, the SBDC / IVBEC also offers “no cost” business advising services to help these entrepreneurs launch and grow a successful food business.   

For more information on the Cookspace, visit https://cookspace.roguecc.edu or call the Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center at 541-956-7400 or email KHouck@roguecc.edu.

For the RCC Foundation office, visit www.rccfoundation.org or call 541-956-7327 or email rccfoundation@roguecc.edu.

 

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