Meet the Presenters

Forge: Food is bringing in well-connected, local business experts to facilitate this innovative 6-week accelerator course in downtown Portland. The accelerator will give food producers the opportunity to learn how to aggressively scale their business and grow their brand, create invaluable connections, network with distributors, and develop a competitive business strategy. Our goal is for you to complete the program with the knowledge and network to help move your product to the next level. Participants will leave the course with a growth plan, a brand positioning statement, and a 30-second promotional video for their product.
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Introducing Our Presenters . . .

J-P Voillequé: Business and contract attorney at Immix Law Group. Learn More

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Martin McClanan: Former Chief Executive Officer & President at Norm Thompson Outfitters, specializes in understanding food retailer needs with an emphasis on direct to consumer websites and catalogs. Learn More

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Michel Algazi: CEO of FoodCentricity, an LA based food business accelerator that focuses on breaking market, business, and financial barriers for early and growth stage food companies. Learn More

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Terry Brandt: Executive Director at Albina Opportunities Corporation, specializes in providing loans and business advisory services to small business owners. Learn More

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Steve Goebel: Co-founder of the Small Business Legal Clinic in downtown Portland, and Assistant Dean and Director of the Business Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School. Learn More:

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Rick Perry: Founder & Publisher of Collectors Press and Author of several award-winning cookbooks. Learn More

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Jesse Lyon: Legal Counsel, specializing in food & beverage businesses. Learn More

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Dave Williams: Former CEO of Shorebank Pacific and Partner at Reference Capital Management, which focuses on market sectors and opportunities where the Northwest possesses clear and competitive advantages. Learn More

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Franklin Jones: Founder & CEO of B-Line: Sustainable Urban Delivery, specializes in business logistics and connecting products & buyers along the local supply chain. Learn More

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Mike Shur: Managing Partner and Founder Kapoosta Partners, specializes in financial advisory, partnerships & collaborations, strategy development, and capital raising execution for early-stage and middle-market companies. Learn More

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Victor Willis: Started Campbeltown Consulting in 2010 to advise and support the development of profitable, values-driven food and drink brands and businesses and to advocate for strong, robust sustainable food policies.
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Dave Barcos: Creative Director at Remedy Design Group, specializes in brand identity and positioning companies. Learn More