Tribal Liaison - Small Business Advocate Oregon Secretary of State
State of Small Business Report
It’s more complex than ever to start and run a business in Oregon. How do you stay abreast of policies, programs and requirements that affect you directly? Get an update from Ruth Miles, the Small Business Advocate and Tribal Liaison for Secretary of State. Learn how her team of Advocates worked with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to get answers and find solutions to problems – and learn how she can help you.
About Ruth Miles:With 18 years of experience running small businesses to add to her nine years of service in the Legislative branch, Ruth Miles understands first-hand the challenges entrepreneurs face. As Oregon’s inaugural and chief business advocate, she’s crisscrossed Oregon over the last five years to get to know business leaders and associations, chamber of commerce and community partners. It’s Ruth’s privilege to hear their concerns about getting caught in red tape. And everywhere she goes, she runs with scissors.
As the Tribal Liaison for Secretary of State, Ruth oversees agency relations with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. She works continuously to improve communication between the Secretary of State and tribal sovereign governments. Ruth is currently pursuing professional certification in Tribal Relations at Portland State University.
Ruth serves as the Director of Membership for the United States Ombudsman Board and is a member of the American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Ombuds Committee.
About The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Our diverse membership represents the entire community with members from business and industry, civic and non-profit organizations, social service agencies, education, government, home-based businesses, and individuals. Nearly 500 members representing 2,500 individuals believe that Chamber membership is an important component to business growth, job development, and a healthy economy. The Chamber and its activities are managed by the President/CEO and professional staff under the leadership of an 18 member Board of Directors. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has been aiding the community since 1883.