I’m so glad you’ve found my website. My mission is to help you turn your dreams of being a successful entrepreneur into reality.
I have relied on my own entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Our family did not have much money and I needed to find different opportunities to raise cash. As a child, I learned to buy and sell toys, books and other items. To pay for college, I raised money buying and selling from garage and estate sales. Doing research on the pieces I sold was a big part of my success because I learned to tell each item’s story.
I graduated from the University of Oregon. After working as a teacher, I turned my focus to the sale and acquisition of antique and contemporary Native American art in leading retail establishments like Portland’s Quintana Galleries. I also served as a curator for private museums, including the Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Museum of Native American Art, one of the top private collections of indigenous art in America. Working with Dr. Pamplin taught me the skill of telling a story and learning how to sell the “sizzle and not the steak.”
For several years I owned a successful gallery in Portland, Oregon that grossed up to $500,000 a year in art sales. Running Bonnie Kahn’s Wild West Gallery taught me how to close a sale, when to stop and listen to the client and when to ask for payment. These are the skills I teach my retail and corporate clients.
The relationships I developed – with both artists and buyers – were key to my success. Through my work I discovered a passion and skill for connecting people with the art that “speaks” to them, and more importantly, how to run a successful business.
Today, I use my retail background to help coach others who dream of owning their own business. I served as a small business advisor at Portland Community College’s CLIMB Center for Advancement (Continuous Learning for Individuals, Management and Business). My work at the Climb Center strengthened my skills in advising all types of small businesses. In 2016, one of my Climb Center clients, Five Star Guitars, went on to be voted the number one small business in Oregon by the Small Business Administration.
My coaching experience has also included artist “boot camps,” and vocational advising through the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. I am a certified Life Skills Coach and a certified instructor for Indianpreneurship, offered through the Oregon Native American Business Entrepreneur Network. From 2014 to the winter of 2016, I am honored to say I mentored with Jackie B. Peterson, a small business advisor who has empowered hundreds of small business owners.
I am a frequent public speaker and author of two books on Native American art. My third book, “From Purpose to Profit” (coming in 2016) teaches you how to successfully close sales, and how to motivate others in their sales work.
Now that you know me a little better, I hope we can work together to help you build the career you’ve always wanted. Let’s hone your vision and goals and into a business that’s profitable and fulfilling.
Bonnie Kahn talks with Jackie B. Peterson. Bonnie mentored with Jackie and was a facilitator of her program Better Smarter Richer. Conducted in 2015, this interview covers how to close a sale and make a successful living selling art as an encore professional.
Originally recorded January 25, 2015.
Bonnie Kahn speaking with the Business Voice about successful entrepreneurship.
Originally recorded March 2, 2015, at Channel AM 1360 KUIK, The Voice of Washington County.Select to navigate to KUIK.com and play recording.
Bonnie Kahn in the news!
KGW News, “Fence to prevent suicides installed on Fremont Bridge,” March 28, 2016
Bonnie Kahn/SBDC Advisee, Five Star Guitars in Hillsboro, Oregon wins Small Business Award for the State of Oregon, March 14, 2016
Urban Art Network, “Improving Your Art Business: Tips from Business Coach Bonnie Kahn” June 17, 2015
Street Roots News, “Keeping Watch Over The Vista Bridge,” August 15, 2013.
Diocese of Oregon, “Attending United Nations Diocese of Oregon Report” May 12, 2012.
Foreign Interest, “A Native Understanding for Human Nature and the Arts,” October 18, 2009.
Willamette Week, “As The Buffalo Roam,” April 11, 2007.
Hood River News, “Beadwork Donated,” February 7, 2007.
Jewish Review, “Threads of Connection,” August 1, 2005.
The NW Paper, “Bonnie Kahn Tames The West,” June 24, 2005.
The Oregonian, “Portraits of Honor and Adventure,” April 15, 2005.
Portland Observer, “Honoring Buffalo Soldiers,” April 6, 2005.
NW Examiner, “Buffalo Soldiers,” April, 2005.
The Skanner, “Gallery Exhibit Illuminates Buffalo Soldiers,” March 30, 2005.
Trade and Commerce Indian Country Today, “Wild West Gallery Does Brisk Business,” January 5, 2005.
Portland Tribune, “Indian Artists Eschew Sugarcoated History,” November, 2004.
Tribe Newspaper, “Artistic Parallels,” September, 2004.
Portland Tribune, “Indian Artists Eschew Sugarcoated History,” November 3, 2003.
The Oregonian, “First Glimpse Bonnie Kahn’s Wild West Gallery,” September 2003.
Our Town, “Tribal Treasures,” February 19, 2001.
The Columbian, “Indian Art on Display,” February 15, 2001.