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Jim Schell

A serial entrepreneur, Jim Schell brought four Minneapolis-based businesses to fruition over the course of 25 years. Following the sale of his last business, Jim turned to writing and has authored six books on small business to date, including one of the nation’s leading sellers in that category, Small Business for Dummies. Since moving to Bend in 1994, Jim has either founded or co-founded Opportunity Knocks, CO 2-1-1, Volunteer Connect, TEDxBend, Looking Forward, and City Club of Central Oregon. He also led turnarounds at the Humane Society, Partnership to End Poverty, and the Boys and Girls club, and is a past member of the Governor’s Council on Small Business. In addition to Humm, he is also Board Chair of Sudara, Opportunity Knocks and Looking Forward. Jim is a graduate of the University of Colorado. His wife Mary is also a successful entrepreneur.