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Kenny Houck

Kenny Houck
I enjoy being part of the SBDC team because:

"I am very active in the rural areas of Josephine County and I am involved with many different organizations. My focus is to provide everyone that is interested in growing an existing business, or just simply starting a new one, the opportunity to succeed and have the support and services needed to accomplish their goals."

My favorite activity living in the Rogue Valley is:

“The Rogue Valley is the hub and jumping off point for southern Oregon’s eclectic mix of nature, art, food, recreation, and cultural experiences.  I’m glad to be able to enjoy it all.”

Kenny Houck

IVBEC Business Development Coordinator, since 2009
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Kenny has been the Business Development Coordinator of the Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center since it opened at the Kerby Belt Building in spring 2009. A west coast native, he has nearly thirty years of experience as a sole proprietor and owner of a variety of small businesses. He has had a leading role in the Illinois Valley as a project manager and coordinator for several high-profile community development projects including the Siskiyou Community Health Center, the IV Airport Industrial Park, Siskiyou Field Institute, the Deer Creek Center for Field Research and Education, and the Kerby Community Drinking Water System.

Recent project highlights include the Entrepreneur’s Commercial Cookspace, a commercial kitchen to support food processing and products, as well as expanding partnerships with Josephine County, City of Grants Pass, and SOREDI to award grants to small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic.

He has been a founding board director for four area nonprofits. Equally comfortable in both the public and private sectors, Kenny brings a unique set of skills and perspectives to the success of the Business Entrepreneurial Center as it serves all of rural Josephine County.

Kenny currently sits on the USFS Siskiyou-OR Resource Advisory Committee and was an original member of the Collaborative Economic Development Committee for Grants Pass and Josephine County.

He and his wife enjoy hiking and biking throughout the northwest, as well as international travels to Mexico and beyond.