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Online

On Demand, available until August 19
Topic: Business Basics
Session 1: Arrive with an Idea, Leave with an Outline You'll learn all of the key aspects of a business plan: how to describe your company, the problem you solve and the solution you bring, the types of potential customers you intend to focus on and the group that represents your primary market, who your competition is, what goes into your financial projections, how to set milestones and how to build a management team. Session 2: Building the Business Plan A hands-on session using LivePlan to begin building a detailed business plan and projecting financials one to three years out. Session 3: Adding the Financial Projections & Marketing Spreadsheet Final assembly of a business plan including financial projections. You'll also build a pitch that you can use to sell your idea to potential investors, associates or employees. Your instructor/advisor will be able to review your plan and meet with you for counseling online. Individual business counseling available free of charge to participants in this training. To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Starting Your Business catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Location: Online
Fee: $ 70.00
On Demand, available until August 19
Topic: Technology
Have an expert Web Designer guide you through the steps of creating a website for your business. Through six online classes and individual mentor sessions, WebMentor will guide you through the process of creating an effective professional business website: Session 1: How to plan for your website Session 2: Competitive analysis Session 3: 10 essential pages Session 4: Keywords and copy writing Session 5: Marketing with social media Session 6: Analyzing your traffic To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Marketing catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Speaker: Guy Edwards
Location: Online
Fee: $ 225.00
On Demand, available until September 18
Topic: Managing a Business
Location: Online
Fee: $ 876.00

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The Wed., Aug 3 seminar provides a beginner /intermediate look at how small businesses and nonprofits can start using social media marketing to promote their business or organization. The seminar will take a look at the 5 most popular social media networks. It will discuss what to post, when to post and how often. The seminar will allow participants to decide which social media channels are right for their business or nonprofit. Information provided is research based and includes real- life examples of campaigns that work. Blue Mountain Community College, 3275 Baker Street, in Baker, OR. Class fees are payable at the door by check to BMCC SBDC or with cash.
Speaker: Carol Infranca, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and business communicator who is also an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact.
Location:
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The Thur., Aug 4 seminar will take a deeper dive into Social Media marketing to give you a closer look at the most popular social media networks for business – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, what kind of content to create, tips on using photos and videos in your posts and we’ll provide examples of how other organizations are marketing with each social media channel. You’ll also get tips on how to use analytics tools to tell if your social media activity is working. Blue Mountain Community College, 3275 Baker Street, in Baker, OR. Class fees are payable at the door by check to BMCC SBDC or with cash.
Speaker: Carol Infranca, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and business communicator who is also an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact.
Location:
Fee: $ 10.00

Bizcenter Online Learning

On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Government Contracting
Do you want to add the largest buyer of goods and services in the world to your customer database? This course will teach how and where to research, how to develop your company’s proposal materials, how to develop the federal prospects, how to create a proposal marketing database, how to prepare an outline and write an effective proposal outline.
Speaker: Lorraine D'Ignazzio
Fee: $ 50.00
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In this course you will learn the difference between "startup" and "ongoing" expenses, how expenses vs. assets are treated for tax purposes, how to create a sales forecast for your business, how to create an expense budget for your business and the important difference between profits and cash. This course consists of 5 modules and should take approximately 3 hours to complete.
Speaker: Tim Berry
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Financing
In this course you will learn about different methods to finance a new business, how to build your management team and how to hire employees, the differences between a business "pitch" and a business "plan", and how to create and use Plan vs. Actual forecasts for your business. This course consists of 4 modules and take approximately 3 hours to complete.
Speaker: Tim Berry
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Managing a Business
In this course, we will review the core foundations of successfully operating a retail business. The topics include customer service techniques, store set-up and presentation, merchandise selection, buying and pricing, marketing, human resources/training, and financial elements. The course is designed for both start-up and existing businesses, can be customized to fit any size and type of retail business, and can be easily integrated into your strategic plan, staff and management training. The viewing length of the course is around 50 minutes.
Speaker: Kevin Leahy
Fee: $ 30.00
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Technology
This course covers the basics of using WordPress. Start a blog or build a full-fledged website, build a great site, and share your work with the world by connecting your page to social media. Drag and drop multiple images into a page, use templates for easy page creation, and optimize your page for search engines. This course is just over one hour in viewing time.
Speaker: Misty Lambrecht
Fee: $ 30.00
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Technology
Do you want to find out how the search engines rank your website? How does Google view your site? This course covers how to do keyword research with Google Keyword tools. Understand how these keywords added to your site can improve your site ranking and searchability. Discover how you can get better search engine results for the search terms that matter most to your business. This class covers Google Analytics and how to measure sales and conversions. It will help you understand how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how to keep them coming back. This course is just over one hour in viewing time.
Fee: $ 25.00
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Not Set
Demystifying credit reports and scores will provide you with important information by explaining the history of credit reporting, its importance to the growth of our economic system and improvement to our national standard of living. The course will explain how credit information is gathered and stored and how that information is used to determine credit worthiness of a consumer for an expanded and faster credit decision making process used by credit grantors. It will help to clarify what is known about the consumer and how that information is used and regulated. Additionally, the course will provide information that will help to monitor, improve and correct credit information. Viewing time of this course is approximately 1 hour.
Speaker: Greg Henderson
Fee: $ 30.00
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Start-up Assistance
In this course, Tim Berry, business-planning expert and course creator, talks about his own history as a small-business owner, and provides examples and feedback on common questions for new business startups. This course consists of 4 modules, approximately 3 hours to complete.
Speaker: Tim Berry
On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Marketing and Sales
In this course you will learn, what a “target market” is and what it means for your business what is it that makes your customers buy from you how is marketing different from sales how do you create a “brand” for your product or service. It also covers what to think about when developing a website for your business. This course consists of 4 modules, approximately 3 hours to complete.
Speaker: Tim Berry
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Topic: Not Set
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Topic: Technology
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Topic: Technology
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Topic: Technology

Central Oregon Community College SBDC

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
¿Quieres iniciar tu propio negocio? Acude a esta clase. ¿Te has preguntado el como iniciar tu propio negocio, cuales serian los requisitos, permisos, prestamos económicos y como obtenerlos?
Speaker: Jose Balcazar
Fee: $ 29.00
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do you have a great idea that you think could be a successful business, but just don't know how to get started? Cover the basics in this two-hour class and decide if running a business is for you.
Speaker: Maureen Quinn
Fee: $ 29.00

Chemeketa Community College SBDC

Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This course covers the essentials needed to start a small business. Learn about business structure, rules and regulations, licensing, taxes, and the basics of marketing and writing a business plan. This fast-paced class is the perfect first step!
Speaker: Joanne Scharer
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 05, 2016 , 3 sessions ending Saturday, August 06
Topic: Managing a Business
Prepare for the Construction Contractor Exam with this 2-day live class which meets the State of Oregon education requirements. Get the added benefit of learning from the instructor with 35 years of construction experience. This class will prepare you for the exam and teach you how to set up your business for success. The registration fee of $325 includes all class sessions, class materials, a copy of the current edition of the Oregon Contractor’s Reference Manual, chapter quizzes, and two 80-question Practice Exams. Comments from past participants: “Judy was practical and presented information with ease and with all pertinent details.” “Knowledge of instructor. All the handouts and key points.” “Easy to follow. Well organized.” “Concrete, specific application to practicing and passing exam.” “The ability of the instructor to answer questions.” Dates: Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 Friday, March 13 and and Saturday, March 14 Friday, May 1 and and Saturday, May 2 Time: 8:30 am to 6 pm Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem Cost: $325 (includes the manual) Registration and Information: 503.399.5088
Speaker: Judy Beebe
Fee: $ 325.00

Clackamas Community College SBDC

Thursday, August 04, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Before you take the plunge, find out what it takes to start up and successfully operate your own business in Oregon. Assess whether business ownership is the right path for you.
Speaker: Staff

LCC Small Business Development Center

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Begin your business the right way! Do you have a great idea you think could be a successful business but just don’t know how to get started? Cover the basics in two hours and decide if running a business is for you. We recommend that you attend this class prior to scheduling your first advising appointment. 11368-9-11 am, Wednesday, July 27, DCA Room 303 - Megan O’Connor (2 hrs $20)
Speaker: Megan O'Connor
Fee: $ 20.00

Mt. Hood Community College SBDC

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
In this seminar you will learn how to protect your small business and deal with some of the legal issues involved when owning and running a business. You will discover how to avoid common mistakes that while dealing with contracts, hiring employees, the structure of your business. In addition, it covers different licensing requirements and regulations, as well as tax implications for you and your business. This seminar is offered in partnership with the law firm Young Twedt McRostie LLP. To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Starting Your Business catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Speaker: Jay McRostie
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Walk through the process of starting your own business from scratch and leave the class with contacts & principles vital to getting your business off the ground and then managing it through the early stages of development. To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Starting a Business catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Assess your business in this fun, interactive class. Come to learn your businesses' strengths and weaknesses, and identify potential blind spots and obstacles to growth. Does your business get an annual check-up like you? Register for this class and put your mind to rest. You'll leave with a tool you can continue to use as your business develops, or in collaboration with your SBDC advisor To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Growing Your Business catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Speaker: Matthew Koren, SBDC Instructor and Advisor
Fee: $ 60.00
Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Orientation
Learn more about what your Small Business Development Center has to offer and the resources available to you. The instructor will guide you to your best next steps as you start down the path of entrepreneurship. Attend only one session. To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Starting Your Business catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Speaker: Kedma Ough, SBDC Director
Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Technology
Learn how to optimize your website with a handful of tips that have been tested and used by the biggest brands. You can save time by implementing these 5 easy tips, and better yet, you can learn how to confirm these tips are working with a free tools that are available online. To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Marketing catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration
Speaker: Guy Edwards
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
We’ll feature some of the most exciting franchise concepts in this category and they’ll introduce their business models, describe their ideal candidates, and give you an idea whether an opportunity like this may be right for you. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the Franchisors. You’ll discover: Specialty franchise opportunities in different industries that you can own and operate from home How to capitalize on your strengths to find your ideal business to run Franchise financing options What it takes to be a successful business owner To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Starting Your Business catalog, Click on the green course number link and choose the date of the class you want, continue checking out. Please call if you have any questions or having any trouble getting registered. 503-491-7658 or email gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu. Payment will be processed at time of registration

Oregon Small Business Development Center Portland Community College

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Are you looking for ways to engage potential and existing customers? Want more potential customers to find you online? In this module, you'll learn digital marketing best practices and tips through a series of interactive discussions and activities. The class is divided into 7 parts: Digital Marketing Strategy; Building Your Website; Blogging 101; SEO Basics; Social Media Essentials; Email Marketing; and Putting It All Together. You'll leave the class with tools, guides, ideas for blogging, social media, and email, and the start of an editorial calendar to help you keep on top of your digital marketing efforts.
Fee: $ 185.00
Monday, August 01, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Orientation
Our New Client Orientation is designed to quickly and succinctly give you the information you need to know to access our many services. You'll hear about what we do, what we offer, what you can expect of us, and what we'll expect of you. There is plenty of time for questions. After hearing the information you can decide which of our services can best serve you and your business needs. We'll also help direct you toward the services available that meet you where you are so you can hit the ground running. Business Advising is an integral part of our Business Development Pathway. You'll learn about how to access our advising services in the New Client Orientation.

RCC/SOU Higher Education Center

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Monday, August 15
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This six session class is for those who have knowledge of computers and working within Windows, have some accounting knowledge, and want to learn QuickBooks. Class includes setting up company files, creating a chart of accounts, and adding customers, jobs and vendors to sell services and products. Also covers paying for expenses, invoicing, receiving payments, reconciling bank accounts, running reports, and managing your company file. Requirements: Basic computer skills. Bring a 1GB or larger thumb drive to save your work. (6 sessions.)
Speaker: Dan Johnston
Fee: $ 320.00

Rogue Community College SBDC

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, August 16
Topic: Business Basics
WRITING BUSINESS PLANS THAT GET FUNDED Existing and potential business owners will learn about business planning as it relates to their businesses and have time to begin creating or expanding their own plans. Learn about strategies, executive summaries, sales and marketing analysis, and forecasting sales, expenses, and profitability. Bring a thumb drive to save your work. (12 hours) Instructor: Leo Hull. An additional $5 technology fee will be added to this class.
Speaker: David Tally
Fee: $ 200.00
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Monday, August 15
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This six session class is for those who have knowledge of computers and working within Windows, have some accounting knowledge, and want to learn QuickBooks. Class includes setting up company files, creating a chart of accounts, and adding customers, jobs and vendors to sell services and products. Also covers paying for expenses, invoicing, receiving payments, reconciling bank accounts, running reports, and managing your company file. Requirements: Basic computer skills. Bring a 1GB or larger thumb drive to save your work. (6 sessions.)
Speaker: Mike Lewis
Fee: $ 320.00
Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Contractors will learn proactive measures to avoid the common pitfalls of non-compliance with Oregon OSHA regulation, and how to apply these measures to your business. Learn about responsibility for incident and accident recordkeeping, investigation, and prevention of future business losses, and gain insight as to why incidents occur and preventative of future business losses, and gain insight as to why incidents occur and preventative measure are necessary to avoid them.
Speaker: John Graham
Fee: $ 110.00
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
THE FIRST STEP………. SMART START YOUR BUSINESS The cost for this workshop is $20 per business (not per attendee). You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this three-hour workshop we will take a 360? view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: • Is there a need for your product or service? • Can you make money at it? • Are you and your team the right people to bring this to market? • Is this business compatible with your personal goals? • What rules, laws and licensing apply to my business? We will also discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. After Smart Start, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have free access to an SBDC business advisor to provide assistance as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. We will provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. Testimonies: “I walked away from this class feeling well-informed and armed with resources and tools to get my business started and be successful. I also felt like I have a great place to turn to for questions and support” Traci Lundin. “The knowledge, patience, time and effort of the instructor—class was amazing!” Brandy Souza. Instructor: Dave Tally.
Speaker: Dave Tally
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, August 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
DEVELOPING YOUR ONLINE MARKETING STRATEGY Marketing your business online has never been more important this day in age. Learn the major players in social media as well as other online marketing such as email marketing and websites. Learn how all the different marketing strategies lead to the final sale on your website and how they all flow together. Begin to construct your basic outline of your online marketing strategy with an emphasis on social media. Outlets addressed include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Aweber, Convertkit, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Youtube, and Vimeo. Instructor: Seth Benham.
Speaker: Seth Benham
Fee: $ 50.00

Southern Oregon University SBDC

Monday, July 25, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Orientation
Become familiar with SBDC services; evaluate business feasibility; introduction to business legal structure, business registration, and licensing requirements; and determine next steps.
Speaker: Kaylee Gray, SOU Office and Client Services Manager

Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn about the critical “first steps” that everyone faces when considering starting a new business! This 2-hour workshop includes information about: licensing a personal readiness checklist business structure financing a business business planning next steps business resources The class will be held at The Business Center, 2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend Register online at www.BizCenter.org or www.socc.edu/sbdc CALL 541-756-6866 if you need additional information
Speaker: Scott Traylor Inventor, business owner, advisor Scott Traylor has been working with small businesses for over 7 years. Mary Loiselle began her employment with the SWOCC SBDC November 30, 2010. Mary has a Master of Arts Degree in Institutional Administration, Doctoral Certificate in Gerontology, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from United States International University in San Diego. Currently, she is the Business Counselor & Instructor for Southwestern Small Business Development Center. She has over 10 years of business ownership experience and has taught numerous classes to a diverse clientele, including: Small Business Management, Business Ethics, Gerontology and Life Span Development at Southwestern. Mary was the President and CEO (Owner) of Anza Valley Homes in Anza, CA and a Real Estate Broker for Anza Acres Realty. Mary was System-wide Director of Facilities Management for Alliant International University, where she was responsible for developing a $15 million budget for all 7 campuses located in California (2 campuses in San Diego, 1 each in Irvine, Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Francisco).
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn about the critical “first steps” that everyone faces when considering starting a new business! This 2-hour workshop includes information about: licensing a personal readiness checklist business structure financing a business business planning next steps business resources The class will be held at The Business Center, 2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend Register online at www.BizCenter.org or www.socc.edu/sbdc CALL 541-756-6866 if you need additional information
Speaker: Scott Traylor Inventor, business owner, advisor Scott Traylor has been working with small businesses for over 7 years. Mary Loiselle began her employment with the SWOCC SBDC November 30, 2010. Mary has a Master of Arts Degree in Institutional Administration, Doctoral Certificate in Gerontology, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from United States International University in San Diego. Currently, she is the Business Counselor & Instructor for Southwestern Small Business Development Center. She has over 10 years of business ownership experience and has taught numerous classes to a diverse clientele, including: Small Business Management, Business Ethics, Gerontology and Life Span Development at Southwestern. Mary was the President and CEO (Owner) of Anza Valley Homes in Anza, CA and a Real Estate Broker for Anza Acres Realty. Mary was System-wide Director of Facilities Management for Alliant International University, where she was responsible for developing a $15 million budget for all 7 campuses located in California (2 campuses in San Diego, 1 each in Irvine, Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Francisco).
Fee: $ 20.00