Michael Gurton is the Program Director of MarketLink, a service of the Oregon Microenterprise Network. At MarketLink, Michael oversees a program, funded by the Small Business Administration, the Portland Development Commission and several private foundations, that provides low-income and rural entrepreneurs throughout Oregon with customized primary and secondary market research.
Michael provides research to Greater Portland Inc.’s Economic Gardening Program which has served 50 second-stage companies in the Portland-Vancouver metro. In addition, Michael provides research to Grow Oregon, the state-funded market research program for Oregon’s growth-oriented manufacturers.
His background is in Competitive Intelligence, with experience in the software, pharmaceutical/medical device and technology sectors. While not researching, Michael likes to run, keep bees and play with his 18 month old son.