WINCHESTER, Ore. -- This weekend, a UCC club hosted an event to help people get a leg up.
The theme was all about networking for local business owners and those who dream of starting one.
Reese Kersteter, the founder of the Entrepreneur Club, told KPIC News about the need for the group. "All these connections that people need that they don't know about, that get them into business," he said.
That's exactly what the Spring Into Success Fair was all about.
It was an afternoon for local entrepreneurs to network and make those important connections.
Getting noticed and meeting the right people seems to be the biggest hurdle that entrepreneurs face at first. "I'd been here almost two years, and other than the Small Business Development Center, I hadn't really been introduced to too many people outside of the college," said Kersteter.
He says it is what inspired him to start the Entrepreneur Club.
He thought there had to be an easier way to bring the right people together.
The club connects people with places like the Small Business Development Corporation, the Cow Creek Business Center, the Partnership and the Loft.
After Lisa Neubauer's business, Raise Your Glass wine bar, suffered in the crumbling economy, she came back to school for formal business training.
It's all in an effort to find independence. The freedom to work and excel at their own pace is what drives these entrepreneurs into business.
It's that determination that can drive progress in hard times.