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Samuel Brooks

Since 1981, Mr. Brooks has grown his company S. Brooks and Associates, Inc. dba Brooks Staffing from one employee to over 200 employees in six states. The company was selected as the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year by Federal Highway Administration in 2005. Mr. Brooks received the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Portland District 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award in 2013.

Mr. Brooks is the Founder and Chair of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), the organization which he founded with eight members in 1987. Today, OAME has grown to more than 800 members, and is one of the nation’s premier non-profit organizations in providing outstanding services to minority, women and emerging small businesses. OAME won the 2000 Vision Award for Excellence given by the U.S. Small Business Administration. OAME offers businesses and entrepreneurs technical assistance, access to capital, administrative support, business incubation and networking opportunities.

Mr. Brooks has served on more than 140 boards and commissions over the past 40 years. He received the SBA’s 2011 Portland District’s Financial Services Champion award. Mr. Brooks previously served on and chaired the National Advisory Board for Small Business Development Center (1986-1989), and the Portland Business Alliance (2007-2008). Additionally, he has served as the Chair of Portland Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Board; Member of the Oregon Governor’s Small Business Council; Treasurer of the Community Reinvestment Fund, growing it from $10,000,000 to $500,000,000 over 10 years.