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Ruth Swain

Ruth Swain
I enjoy being part of the SBDC team because:

"I am thrilled to be part of the local community and building the economic strength of small business in our region.  I am passionate about helping small businesses start up and grow, a fundamental mission of the Rogue SBDC."

My favorite activity living in the Rogue Valley is:

“Exploring our rich history, historic downtown, and beautiful scenic outdoors.”

Ruth Swain

SBDC Director, since 2021
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Ruth is the Director of the Rogue SBDC, joining the team and community in 2021.  She has nearly thirty years of experience supporting small businesses and workforce education.    She also has extensive training and success in securing grants for small business and regional economic growth.  She is an award-winning communicator, with numerous national awards for excellence in marketing.  

As Director of RCC’s Small Business Development Center, Ruth’s focus is overseeing the ongoing programs and services of the center, and serving as ambassador to the local business community and our many economic development partners.  

Ruth attended Eastern Washington University, with studies in business, marketing, and communications.  She has previous experience in higher education working at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, Columbia Basin College, in Pasco, Washington, and served as the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of West Richland, Washington.

Ruth enjoys reading a wide variety of literature and genres, from business strategy and leadership, to philosophy, to gritty detective mysteries.  Ruth enjoys exploring with her family and her dog Charlotte Bedelia (Celtic Goddess of Fire).