A group of women entrepreneurs from Africa is in Oregon to learn about how to run a business. They heard from business legend and whole grains guru Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill. He told the group that the most important quality to running a successful business is tenacity.
The group from Africa is here as part of an international exchange program run by the State Department and local partners. The World Affairs Council of Oregon is helping with the Portland phase of the trip. The group has already visited Chicago and will stop in Kansas City and Washington, D.C.
The group visited farmer’s markets over the weekend, and will be very busy the rest of the week. They will visit a women-owned cranberry farm, New Seasons market, the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College, and an organic farm in Marion County, and many others.
The group came to the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The decades-old program has built relationships with emerging leaders from countries all over the world. The program’s list of alumni is impressive: former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Nelson Mandela, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (and current P.M. Theresa May), former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and many others. Many diplomats have praised the program as an extremely effective tool in creating international understanding between the U.S. and other countries.