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  • July 16, 2024 11:00 AM | Abigail Stason

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm thrilled to contribute to our local community by offering a free workshop in collaboration with Ashland CO-OP.

    A Matter of Trust: Responding With Ability
    8/21 - 6:00pm
    CO-OP Community Classroom - 300 Pioneer St, Ashland

    In establishing trust, specific fundamental principles are necessary for responsiveness and dependability. With these basic elements in place, trust can flourish in everyday interactions. Join us for a workshop exploring the complexities and nuances of “trust.”

    Click here to register.

    Learn more about trust in my blog: A Matter of Trust - Responding with Ability vs Reacting

    Reach out with any questions.
    I look forward to seeing you there!

    Abigail Stason (she/her/hers)
    WBENC + LGBTQ Certified


  • July 03, 2024 12:11 PM | Roslyn Donald (Administrator)

    Thinking about attending an OSF production this summer?  Jackson County Library System is here to help!

    For July only - get 10% off tickets for three OSF productions:  

    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • Macbeth
    • Coriolanus

    Learn More

  • June 01, 2024 1:36 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Siskiyou Vital Medicine (SVM) is a primary care clinic that offers fast and effective solutions to most health problems, acute and chronic. SVM provides affordable health care to the community without long wait times, and with personalized service. They are a membership-based clinic and, while you don’t have to be a member to use SVM, members are granted priority access to appointments.

    Without insurance dictating what modalities they can employ, SVM’s staff is determined to get to the root cause of an illness and get their patients back to optimal health quickly. SVM has the ability to change a patient's life by getting them answers they had been hoping to find, getting them the support they were looking for in their healthcare ally, and by creating community. Sandra Duncan loves it when patients share that they're able to live a healthy and pain-free life again after seeing an SVM provider.

    Siskiyou Vital Medicine also has the Vital Edge, which is a network that employers can sign their employees up under. Sandra orchestrates it all, along with the VITAL EDGE virtual urgent care.

    WESO has given Sandra the opportunity to meet other like-minded business owners that are passionate about what they offer to the community. SVM sees a lot of employees from all trades ̶ from construction to real estate, teachers, politicians, counselors, and law enforcement. One of their goals is to provide integrative healthcare to small and medium-sized businesses. Our WESO members are welcome to purchase SVM memberships for themselves and their families/employees.

    Sandra has lived in Italy, Germany, and Austria, but she feels most at home here in Southern Oregon. She holds a degree in holistic nutrition and published a book on home birth in Germany. Previously, Sandra managed a busy health food store and was an international sales manager while living in Italy, interfacing with German, Italian and British clients. She also taught English and German to students at a military base in Northern Italy.

    When Sandra is not working, she hikes with her 4 legged companion, Summit, and is always looking for waterfalls and hikes with a view. She loves hot yoga and sitting in the sun while reading books in Italian, Spanish and English. As a spiritual practice she weaves woolen mandalas and plays in the dirt in her garden, and she recommends weeding as one of the most meditative activities.

    Contact Sandra Duncan & Siskiyou Vital Medicine


  • May 01, 2024 2:00 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Cheri Lasota
    Author's Assembler

    "Throughout my career, it has been an honor to serve and consult a wide variety of businesses, from solopreneur authors to local small businesses to traditional publishing houses to multi-national companies with upwards of 50 thousand employees."

    Through Author’s Assembler, Cheri Lasota offers business consultation and various services within the realm of the publishing industry, including ad/social media graphics, marketing/publishing consulting, book formatting, and book cover design. 

    Cheri helps clients with:

    • productivity and automation workflows
    • digital and physical file organization
    • social media and graphic design projects
    • book publishing and formatting
    • stock art and cover design needs

    Cheri most enjoys guiding individuals to learn about their unique needs and processes so she can help them cultivate greater efficiency in their projects and their businesses as a whole.

    "I love seeing others thrive and succeed! My hope is to both share what I’ve learned and learn from other WESO members, and I very much look forward to sharing and learning in the WESO HEART Program. WESO is an outstanding group of women succeeding in a variety of fantastic industries. The possibilities are boundless for this group!

    It was a privilege to be invited to teach WESO members about protecting their businesses during the rise of AI. That led to further opportunities to speak about AI at SOU and the Jackson County Library..."

    While Cheri has been a solopreneur/freelancer for most of her life, she's also worked in the film industry, for an economics non-profit, and for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. When she is not designing or counseling authors, Cheri is reading about neuroplasticity, practicing advanced techniques in 3D modeling, and doting upon her Miniature Schnauzer, Tristan. 

    "Feel free to send me an email at I’d love to connect with you!"

    WEBSITES: - Graphic design and consulting services - Advice and tutorials on tech, business, productivity, and more. - Boutique custom designed stock art site.

  • April 26, 2024 11:51 AM | Danielle Seay

    Ready to up your game? Join us for Headshot Day with the amazing Sonja K behind the lens!

    Whether it's for your professional endeavors or just to show off your fabulous self, having a killer headshot is key.

    Snag your spot for May 16th between 9 am to 2 pm and let's capture your confidence!

    Each $150 slot includes:

    • 15 minutes of shooting time
    • Hype and posing directions so you feel confident and look great
    • Professional venue
    • Free coworking and coffee all day!
    • Three professionally edited images delivered back to you by June 4th

      Are you an MCC member? Check your email and slack for a discount code to get $50 off!
      Want to be an MCC member? Join now and get your discount!

      Limited slots available, so hop on this opportunity now - book your spot today!
  • April 07, 2024 4:20 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    On April 27th, Crater Drama is hosting a Renaissance Faire, and they are looking for vendors to join the market square! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of this event, please share this or sign up.

    If you are interested, please be sure to read the royal invitation at .

    If you have questions, email

  • April 01, 2024 4:29 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who has been a salesperson for gourmet cookware AND a nuclear medicine technician? Now you do! Becky Esquibel has worked variously in retail, as a full time homemaker, and in medical technology. Becky is adding another line to her resume: travel agent.

    With Experience Joy Travel Company, Becky is serving those who desire stress-free travel planning featuring extraordinary experiences and unique learning opportunities. Becky loves being able to assisting others in responsibly touring all the beautiful places of the world.

    Becky says, “With our travel-planning services you can put yourself in the captain’s seat of planning your vacation without doing all the work. You can also enjoy exclusive perks and savings you would not otherwise have access to, --all while saving precious time! This is not your basic 'cookie-cutter travel plan.' These plans are made just for you, and we are there with you every step of the way.”

    She enjoys being a WESO member because WESO is made up of wonderful, friendly women who are sincerely interested in supporting women entrepreneurs.

    When Becky is not working, she loves to read, do puzzles, garden, cooking, traveling to new places, and gardening.



  • March 19, 2024 5:30 PM | Cheri Lasota
    Hi all, just a quick note that I'm reprising the presentation I gave to WESO previously on how to navigate issues surrounding generative-AI tonight at the Jackson County Library in Medford.

    You can see more information and register here:

    If you missed my WESO talk a few months ago, feel free to attend this one. Thank you!
  • March 02, 2024 11:30 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Rani Tedsen of TekManagement loves to help others.  TekManagement provides IT management services  to small businesses of all sizes.  Rani helps these small businesses get the most out of their investment in technology and to ensure their equipment aligns with larger business goals.  Her ideal client is a small business in the accounting, medical, dental, transportation or construction; she likes meeting with clients face-to-face to meet their business needs.

    Rani enjoys the networking opportunities found through WESO, and it has enhanced her social life.   To relax, she takes tropical vacations, but she enjoys time with family and friends anywhere.


  • February 20, 2024 3:20 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Check out this workshop from the SOU Small Business Development Center to make sure you've got all your bases covered. Even if you've been in business for awhile, you may learn about something you've missed in your plans.

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    3/5 - 10:00 to 11:30 AM (Zoom)

    4/2 - 10:00 to 11:30 AM (Zoom)

    5/3 - 3:00 to 4:30 PM (Zoom)

    Get the important information you need to know before you start or grow your business. This 1 1/2 hour orientation provides the "nuts and bolts" and more to help you succeed. Bring your questions!

    Classes are offered virtually via Zoom. You must pre-register as class size is limited.

    Click here for more information or to register!

    Topics include:

    • SBDC Services - Tools, resources and services.
    • Feasibility - Evaluating your business idea and doing the research.
    • Legal Structures - Which one is right for you and your business?
    • Registration & Licensing - State and Local Rules, Regulations and Licensing Requirements.
    • Business Plan Basics - Where to start with writing your business plan. 

    Fee is $25

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