Venture Catalyst Sought to Work with Salem Area Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

Posted on April 22, 2019

Salem, Ore. – Together with Marion, Polk, and Yamhill county partners, Salem is seeking a leader to help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Mid-Valley, foster a regional network of resources, and work to connect entrepreneurs to needed expertise and resources.

The new Venture Catalyst will work with area entrepreneurs and startup companies in industries that produce, or provide a service, that will be sold in national and international markets. Initially these sectors include technology, advanced manufacturing, agriculture technology, software services, and scalable consumer products, including food and beverage.

“This position builds on Salem’s momentum in establishing a growing cluster of start-ups and will take entrepreneurs in our community to the next level by providing mentoring and event programming, and strengthening investment opportunities. We look forward to having this added expertise available to the Salem region,” City of Salem Economic Development Manager Annie Gorski said.

Salem has an emerging start-up and small business community, including creative design, technology, and food/beverage sectors. The expanding co-working options, meet-ups and networking opportunities, and access to technical resources like the Small Business Development Center’s free business advising provide needed support for those that choose to grow their business in Salem.

The Venture Catalyst position is a multi-year contract that reports to the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) and will serve the Mid-Valley, utilizing work spaces in partner organizations in Salem and McMinnville. To learn more about the position, go to To apply for the position, please email your resume and cover letter to by Apr. 26, 2019.

For more information regarding Salem’s economic development programs and business resources, go to

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