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On Demand, available until March 17
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 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. After you complete the registration you will receive a confirmation email with login information.
Speaker: Kedma Ough
Location: Online
Fee: $ 70.00
On Demand, available until March 17
Topic: Business Basics
Have an expert Web Designer guide you through the steps of building a website for your business. Through six classes and individual mentor sessions, WebMentor will guide you through the process of building an effective professional business website and social media tools: 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
Friday, January 13, 2017 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Conquer the myths and fears of starting an Encore business. Are you retired, laid off, looking for extra income or just something to keep you busy? Ever thought about starting your own business? Encore Entrepreneurship is on the rise for people like you. Never before has it been easier for 50+ individuals to monetize their knowledge, skills, and experience. Join us for a 30 minute online webinar, and learn how ENCORE Business Builders can help you turn your experience into a rewarding small business. We'll address the myths and fears about starting an encore business, how to overcome them, and answer your questions during this real-time, online talk with Jackie B. Peterson. About the Presenter Jackie B. Peterson has worked with hundreds of solobusinesses start, grow, and thrive through one-on-one business advising and training at the PCC Small Business Development Center and through her own private consulting business. Solopreneurship is Jackie's passion and she has presented nationally about the growing trend of solobusiness. Register for the webinar here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/oregon-small-business-development-center-portland-community-college-5351342001
Location: Online
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Technology
Trying to come up with ways to connect with customers online? Want to optimize your social media? Want to #GetFound? This short, idea-packed webinar can help. Get an overview of how to optimize your digital strategy and so that people can find you online! Get easy-to-implement tips on how to optimize your social media with hashtags, keywords, and more. Plus, you'll get the chance to ask an expert all your most pressing digital marketing questions. Learn about: •Using hashtags the right way •Posting the right type of content on each platform •Writing posts with keywords •Interact and engage with social media users and build your audience About the Presenter Kristen Mozian is the Marketing Manager at Portland Community College's CLIMB Center for Advancement, where she is responsible for marketing its four business units including: the Small Business Development Center, Institute for Health Professionals, Professional Development & Training, and Life By Design NW. She teaches the "Creating Your Digital Home" class and the "Branding" module in Solo Business Builders at the Small Business Development Center, as well as advises clients on marketing, branding, and social media as a volunteer. With a bachelor's degree in finance, Kristen enjoys fusing analytical and data-driven thinking to marketing strategy and tactics. Register for the webinar here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/oregon-small-business-development-center-portland-community-college-5351342001
Location: Online
Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Wondering what it really takes to grow your retail business? Join us for this short, powerful retail webinar to learn how you can optimize your business for successful, healthy growth. We'll explore topics like: •How to attract (and keep!) customers •Maximizing the financial health of your business •Practical tips on how to get ready for growth Who should join? •Retail business owners in operation at least one year •Have at least one employee •Looking to grow About the Presenter Leslie Hildula helps entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Working with the SBDC since 2012, she has been coaching and educating clients in 3 counties, and led the growth of the Retail SBM program. A graduate of Pacific University and Golden Gate University (with a Masters in International Management), Leslie has consulted with business owners throughout the West Coast and overseas. She started her professional career in Silicon Valley in the high tech industry and came back home to Oregon in 1990. In Oregon, she’s had the opportunity to work in both the private and public sectors and understands the vital synergy between them. Her retail clients include Aries Apparel, Crafty Wonderland, Folly, Frock, Ink & Peat, Queen Bee, Radish Underground, Red Castle Games, Salty’s Pet Supply, and Tilde. Register for the webinar here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/oregon-small-business-development-center-portland-community-college-5351342001
Location: Online

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: 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

Blue Mountain Community College SBDC

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Whether you’re just thinking about hiring someone or already have a couple employees on board, there are some important laws you need to be aware of as a small employer. This workshop will give you the basics on those laws and alert you to important issues, so you’ll be able to spot red flags when they come up. It will also help you take the right steps so if things don’t go well, you’ll be in a good spot if you need to terminate an employee. This workshop is especially geared towards businesses with 1 to 5 employees, or those thinking about making their first hire, but will have helpful information for all small employers. In addition to tips and information, you’ll receive sample forms to help you as you navigate the role of employer.
Speaker: Rosalie Westenskow, Attorney
Fee: $ 45.00

Central Oregon Community College SBDC

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 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
Monday, March 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Monday, March 20
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Payroll, inventory, job costing, budgets and financial statements are vital to your business. Learn how to master these and more in QuickBooks. Prerequisite: Basic QuickBooks and accounting experience. Bring a flash drive to save your work.
Speaker: Erica Keeton
Fee: $ 119.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, March 09
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Do you need to access your QuickBooks accounts when you are out of the office? QuickBooks Online is your answer. Do your own bookkeeping and make it manageable and efficient. Access your accounts from anywhere in a secure environment without having to install software on your computer. Set up new customer and vendor accounts, create invoices, record sales, enter payments and more. Prerequisite: Basic Windows experience.
Speaker: Erica Keeton
Fee: $ 99.00
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, March 15
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: $ 59.00
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, March 23
Topic: Technology
If you have a WordPress website and have more advanced changes you’d like to make but can’t find a way to do it in your theme, this is your class. Learn basic HTML and CSS, the building blocks of any website, and how to make customizations to your WordPress site the right way with child themes. Learn how to best protect your site from spammers, hackers, and malware. Then learn how to create site backups and website traffic stats. Requirements: Must have an existing WordPress site with Administrator rights and have taken a beginning WordPress class or equivalent.
Speaker: Annette Witzel
Fee: $ 179.00

Chemeketa Community College SBDC

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, March 14
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Learn the basics of accounting concepts and how QuickBooks facilitates the accounting process. Get hands-on exposure to the fundamental steps used to record and report the financial aspects of your business. In this session we will cover: Introduction to Bookkeeping basics; Navigating QuickBooks; Entering Sales and Payments; Entering and Paying Bills. Date: Thursdays, February 12 and February 19 Time: 3 pm - 6 pm Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem Cost: $99 Registration and Information: 503.399.5088
Speaker: Judy Beebe
Fee: $ 99.00

Clackamas Community College SBDC

Thursday, March 02, 2017 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: Jeff Selby
Friday, March 03, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) exam preparation class will: 1) provide the information and forms you need to open your own construction business in Oregon, 2) present the rules and regulations for operating a construction company, and 3) satisfy the CCB education requirements for certification to take the CCB exam. [For more information, click on workshop title.]
Speaker: Steve Long
Fee: $ 375.00
Saturday, March 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 3:50 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This introductory QuickBooks Payroll class is intended for people who want basic information on how to set up and manage payroll for a small business. Each student will use an established set of "Company Books" and will set up company payroll information, enter employee names and other payroll information. [For more information, click on workshop title.]
Speaker: Catherine Weesner
Fee: $ 149.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM, 16 sessions ending Tuesday, June 20
Topic: Business Basics
The Greenhouse program is designed to help entrepreneurs successfully start up and operate all types of new businesses. This exciting 16-week program includes lectures, guest speakers, discussion, peer networking and individual business counseling. Using Business Plan Pro business planning materials you will create a business plan to take you through each phase of starting up, funding and managing a successful business venture. Grow your business in our Small Business "Greenhouse."
Speaker: Jeff Selby, Instructor/Counselor
Fee: $ 495.00

Clastsop Community College

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Technology
Students with a basic foundation in Excel will continue to learn skills that are helpful in a work situation: use formulas and functions; summarize data in a pivot table. Interpret existing spreadsheet containing formulas and functions. Create new formulas and functions (Logical, Financial, Text, Date & Time). Create a workbook with multiple similar spreadsheets and a summary spreadsheet. Use absolute references. Create a basic pivot table. Pre-registration required. Basic computer skills expected. Towler 105 Computer Lab - Astoria To Register: Call 503 338 2402 or email sbdc@clatsopcc.edu
Speaker: Instructor: Jane Francis, owner of Personal Computer Training. Jane teaches all of our computer classes for the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and CEDR.
Fee: $ 15.00

Clatsop Community College SBDC

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Technology
Students with a basic foundation in Excel will continue to learn skills that are helpful in a work situation: use formulas and functions; summarize data in a pivot table. Interpret existing spreadsheets containing formulas and functions. Create new formulas and functions (Logical, Financial, Text, Date & Time). Create a workbook with multiple similar spreadsheets and a summary spreadsheet. Use absolute references. Create a basic pivot table. Pre-registration required. Basic computer skills expected. Fee is payable at class for check or credit card.
Speaker: Instructor: Jane Francis, owner of Personal Computer Training and instructor for Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and CEDR computer classes.
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is for anyone looking to start a new business. Topics covered include identifying your reasons for starting a business, seeing if business ownership is right for you, evaluating your business opportunities, learning the "basics" of starting a business, and much more! You will come away with a good understanding of what it takes to license, register, and obtain the proper permitting and other specific needs related to your endeavor. We will be covering some of the trials and tribulations that others have encountered so that you can avoid common pitfalls and errors that could cause your business to fail due to improper planning. We will also be sharing constructive tools such as LivePlan to help you create your own custom business plan. What happens after this class? If you decide you want to actively pursue your vision of opening a business you can schedule a private appointment with one of our qualified Clatsop Community College SBDC business advisors. It is always FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. To register please call 503 338 2402, or email sbdc@clatsopcc.edu.
Speaker: David Reid, Lead Advisor for Clatsop Community College SBDC
Fee: $ 20.00

COCC Redmond North Campus

Friday, March 03, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Saturday, March 04
Topic: Business Basics
CCB TEST PREPARATION ONLY: The two day-long sessions meet the state requirement of 16 hours of study needed to become eligible to take the test to obtain an Oregon CCB license.
Speaker: ML Vidas
Fee: $ 359.00
Saturday, March 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Manage the financial aspects of your small to mid-sized business quickly and efficiently with this powerful, easy to use accounting program. Learn to set up new customer and vendor accounts, create invoices, record sales, and enter payments. Prerequisite: Basic Windows experience. Bring a flash drive to save your work.
Speaker: Gregg Henton
Fee: $ 99.00

Eastern Oregon University (Grant County)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Orientation
Join us and the Oregon Secretary of State Corporate Division for a Notary Public training. Whether you are getting certified for the first time, re-certified, or just need to brush up on your training, this class is for you.
Speaker: Oregon Secretary of State Corporate Division

Klamath Community College SBDC

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A 2-hour class designed specifically for those considering self-employment or recently self-employed. Gain the information needed to get your venture off on the right foot. Topics include feasibility, market research, business plan basics, start-up financing, legal structures, registration & licensing, and much more! Participants will be provided with resources, handouts, and checklists! Payment may be made online by credit or debit card or at the door via check or cash. Class will be held at the Klamath IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship located at 803 Main Street, Suite 103, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. 2 Hour Parking applies M-F 8-5.
Speaker: Betty Riley
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A 2-hour class designed specifically for those considering self-employment or recently self-employed. Gain the information needed to get your venture off on the right foot. Topics include feasibility, market research, business plan basics, start-up financing, legal structures, registration & licensing, and much more! Participants will be provided with resources, handouts, and checklists! Payment may be made online by credit or debit card or at the door via check or cash. Class will be held at the Klamath IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship located at 803 Main Street, Suite 103, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. 2 Hour Parking applies M-F 8-5.
Speaker: Betty Riley
Fee: $ 20.00

Linn-Benton Community College SBDC

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
In just one afternoon, you'll get all the basic information you will need to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, markets and feasibility will all be discussed in this FREE seminar.

Mt. Hood Community College SBDC

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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
Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You did everything right! You have a great product or service your selling. You have a business plan you completed. You have a website that promotes your business. The problem is that you don't have enough customers interested in buying. Join us for a 2-hour sales class that takes you through the steps of the selling process and teaches you how to close a sale. This class is strictly on becoming a stronger sales advocate for your business and does not cover marketing tactics. 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: Kedma Ough, SBDC Director
Fee: $ 60.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Technology
Learn how to use a free tool to understand your website audience better. Where are they coming from? How did they find you? Are they using smart phones? How long do they spend on your site? All these questions can be answered quickly and easily using visual charts in Google Analytics. 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, SBDC Business Advisor & Instructor
Fee: $ 60.00
Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Unpacking your B.E.S.T. Results with Emily Anderson. This is a video conference. Follow the instructions in your registration confirmation email. Have your results available. Before registering for the Unpacking the PFA class be sure you have taken the Business Evaluation and Suitability Test. If you have not taken that please contact Gerri.raisanen@mhcc.edu or call 503-491-7658 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: Emily Anderson
Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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: Matt Koren, SBDC Business Advisor & Instructor.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:30 AM to 1:30 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 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: Matt Koren, SBDC Business Advisor & Instructor.
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, March 16
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Two-Day Hands-On Training in QuickBooks (two three hour sessions for $180) After an introduction to basic accounting principles used by all editions of QuickBooks, you will use the software to create a company file, customize it, manage its movement between computers and generate reports essential to your business. Learning Outcomes: 1. Choose the right QuickBooks edition for your business. 2. Plan, create & customize a QuickBooks company file tailored to your business needs. 3. Correct QuickBooks posting errors w/ an understanding of basic accounting principles. 4. Manage multiple copies of a QuickBooks company file between multiple computers. 5. Generate & utilize invaluable financial reports essential to business. Textbook and trial software included in class fee. To register go to learn.mhcc.edu, Click on the Small Business catalog, Now click on the Bookkeeping and QuickBooks 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: Terry Tipsord, SBDC Business Advisor & Instructor.
Fee: $ 180.00
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Learn about all the grants and low cost options available to launch or support your business. This class will discuss various funding streams and free or very low-cost resources that can help you purchase inventory or equipment, buy a business, expand your team, and attend an industry conference and much much more. 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: Kedma Ough, SBDC Director Prior to joining MHCC, Ough was the executive director of MIPO a non-profit organization supporting inventors through training and advising for new product development. The Huffington Post has recognized Ough for fueling innovation in Oregon and Inc. Magazine cited Ough for her work in creative financing for minority-owned businesses. Having supported more than 5000 businesses as an advisor, facilitator, and connector Ough focuses her energy on getting businesses unstuck. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the LIMA product-licensing program. Locally she has served on the Governors Small Business Advisory council and her past awards have included the SBA’s Oregon Women Champion of the Year, SBA Oregon Small Business State Champion Award, and the National Small Business Influencer Award in Leadership. One of her most proud moments as a child was winning every single Monopoly game and today she sees the pursuit of a small business as a game that can be won. Ough is a fifth generation entrepreneur and her great-great grandfather peddled various products throughout Ireland.
Fee: $ 60.00

Online

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Small business owners are always concerned with 2 basic questions: 1. How do I attract more customers? 2. How do I get my current customers to come back? We're tackling these questions on Wednesday, December 7th live on our Facebook page. Join us to learn 3 sure-fire tips for finding new customers and getting them to come back for more. (Hint, it's NOT what you think!) You'll also have the chance to ask your marketing questions and get answers live! The Presenter Sean Harry is a highly-rated business advisor and instructor at PCC Small Business Development Center. He works with new and existing businesses to get their marketing right and refine their business concept. The Details When? December 7th, 9 - 9:30am PST Where? On our Facebook page (facebook.com/pccsbdc) Who should attend? New and existing small business owners and solopreneurs who want to improve their marketing and get more customers! Don't miss it! 1.Go over to our Facebook page right now and like us. 2.Complete the form on this page and we'll send you a reminder before we begin. BONUS Do you have a marketing question you're dying to get answered? Complete the form on this page to ask your question - which might just get answered in our Facebook Live chat!
Location: Online
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Are you scratching your head trying to sell more merchandise? Selling more can be challenging, but when you break it down into key components it becomes a easier problem to solve. We're tackling this big question on Wednesday, December 14th live on our Facebook page. Join us to learn how you can increase sales in your store. We'll discuss: •How to know you're selling the right stuff •How to increase traffic to your brick and mortar store and to your website •How to convert visitors into buyers You'll also have the chance to ask your marketing questions and get answers live! The Presenter Leslie Hildula leads the SBDC's retail programs. She's advised hundreds of retail business owners strengthen and grow their business. The Details When: December 14th, 9 - 9:30am PST Where: On our Facebook page (facebook.com/pccsbdc) Who should attend: New and existing retail business owners who want to sell more. Don't miss it! 1) Go over to our Facebook page right now and like us. 2) Complete the form on this page and we'll send you a reminder before we begin. BONUS Do you have a retail question you're dying to get answered? Complete the form on this page to ask your question - which might just get answered in our Facebook Live chat!
Location: Online

Oregon Small Business Development Center Portland Community College

Monday, March 06, 2017 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.
Monday, March 06, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Monday, March 20
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Turn your experience into a rewarding small business. Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Perhaps you are retired or you have been laid off, and you're looking for some extra income or something to keep you busy. Encore Entrepreneurship is on the rise for people like you. Never before has it been easier for 50+ individuals to monetize their knowledge, skills, and experience into a rewarding small business.
Fee: $ 200.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Take the first steps to turn your idea into a profitable business. If you have a business idea and need help getting started, the Business Design Series is for you! In the Business Design Series participants are introduced to key aspects of designing and building a business so they can develop a workable action plan that will become the foundational piece for meeting with an SBDC Advisor. We begin with a self-assessment to help determine an entrepreneur’s level of comfort and competence in 20 critical business focus areas. Instructions, in class activities, articles and worksheets will provide students with tools to address the 4 basic challenge areas to every business: an attractive Business Concept, strong Organizational Structure, lasting Customer Relations and profitable Business Operations. This class that meets once a week for 2 hours. In 4 weeks students will be able to: • Use the GrowthWheel to assess their readiness to start a business • Select a business entity and start a business • Utilize the Customer Relationship Arc model to design a successful business • Clarify an idea to determine the viability of the business • Identify key customers and develop a Customer Persona • Design a revenue model to meet the needs of key customers • Create an effective Elevator Pitch • Explore 21.5 questions every business owner must answer before starting a business • Determine start up costs and create a basic budget • Create an action plan with key milestones • Answer the question "Do I need a traditional business plan?" At the end of this course entrepreneurs will have a workable Action Plan for taking the next steps in building a successful and profitable business.
Fee: $ 125.00

Portland Community College SBDC-Willow Creek Center

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 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 SBDC - Table Rock Campus

Monday, March 13, 2017 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM, 5 sessions ending Monday, March 20
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Required for Construction Contractors Board licensing. Registration, payment and ID must be completed in advance. All five of these state-approved courses are required to satisfy the educational requirement for Oregon contractor licensing. Includes Oregon construction contractor laws and regulations, choosing your business structure, hiring and managing employees, working with subcontractors, contracts, Oregon Lien law, bidding and estimating, scheduling and project management, Oregon building codes, jobsite safety, environmental factors, building exterior shell, financial management and tax basics. Tuition includes class and CCB text only. The mandated test requires a passing grade of 70 percent and is provided by an approved testing site for an additional fee. Requirements for registration include a copy of any of the following government-issued photo IDs: driver’s license, other DMV identification, alien registration card, military identification, or passport. No other identification will be accepted. Information will be electronically transferred to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and will again be requested at the time the mandated test is taken. Since class information is subject to change, please verify dates, locations and times before attending. Classes fill early. RCC Small Business Development Center contractor education meets the requirements for the Oregon Construction Contractors Board prerequisite education. Contractor statement: CCB approved prerequisite training provider #RCC. Locations Grants Pass. A spouse or partner who will not be obtaining a contractor’s license may attend with the paying student at no charge to help them study for the test. Registration is required. Contact the RCC Small Business Development Center to learn how: 541-956-7494.
Speaker: Instructors include Steve Siegel, Silver Creek Landscape; Matthew Galli, attorney; and Paul Martin, State of Oregon.
Fee: $ 380.00

Rogue Community College SBDC

Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, March 23
Topic: Business Basics
In this four-session series, 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. A $5 technology fee will be added. Instructor: Leo Hull.
Speaker: Leo Hull
Fee: $ 240.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 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.
Speaker: Dave Tally
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, March 10, 2017 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
To be successful in business, it is imperative that contractors avoid costly mistakes in determining project and business costs. This class will provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed. This course is approved for 5 credit hours in CCB Residential C/E: Series A and LCB C/E. RCC Small Business Development Center is responsible for the content of this course. Cost for CCB students additional $4 per hour CCB admin. fee($20). Class held at the Small Business Development Center
Speaker: John Graham & Grover Lee
Fee: $ 100.00
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Do you have a LinkedIn account but never open it? In this class you will better understand how LinkedIn can help you succeed in business. Learn how to find good candidates for employment, connect with industry leaders, and build your professional reputation.
Speaker: Seth Benham
Fee: $ 60.00
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
What do Amazon, Marriott and Kroger have in common? They are some of the consistently highest rated companies in customer service. Why? Because they work harder, smarter, and more effectively at satisfying their customers. The executives of these companies have found that the winning differentiator in a successful business is no longer product or price, but the level of customer engagement relative to the competition. According to the 2015 Global State of Multichannel Customer Service Report; 97% of global consumers say that customer service is very important or somewhat important in their choice of and loyalty to a brand and 62% of global consumers have stopped doing business with a brand or organization due to a poor customer service experience. The success (or failure) of your business rests on the experience your customers receive. In this course, we will explore some of the principles the leading companies use to excel in customer service. You will learn how to create a culture of customer delight by; • hiring the right people and empowering them to provide excellent customer service • listening to and understanding your customers • experiencing your customers’ journey • finding out what ticks them off and doing something about it • managing your “moments of truth” • gracefully recovering from customer service failures
Speaker: David Low
Fee: $ 60.00

Southern Oregon University SBDC

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn the basic steps to starting a business in Oregon, how to register your business name, where to obtain your businesses licenses, types of business structures, and the resources available to you through the SBA, State of Oregon and the SOU SBDC.
Speaker: Simone Stewart

Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 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
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Recruit, hire and retain the best employees for your organization. Good employees build strong organizations. Understand important employment laws and strengthen your hiring success using pre-employment tools such as interviews, tests, and reference checks. OBJECTIVES: • Develop meaningful job descriptions • Understand where to recruit for the person you are looking for • Create useful screening tools • What does reference checking really mean • Practice what you’ve learned through role playing hiring scenarios
Speaker: Instructor Amanda Poe. Amanda started with Cardinal in March 2008 as a Customer Service Manager. She quickly rose to become a key member on Cardinal's Hiring team and soon after hire became an active member on the Operations Management Team. Amanda works daily to assist a wide variety of Oregon Businesses find solutions to their tough human resource challenges and leads the organizational effort on Cardinal's Human Resources Team to proactively meet employer's needs and provide training when pertinent topics arise. Educated at National College of Business & Technology, she received an A.A. in Business Administration Management in 2005. She graduated from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Coos Program in 2014 and has been actively involved in the community since coming on board with Cardinal. Amanda currently serves as the Coordinator for the Oregon Employer Council-South Coast and is a member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Team. Notable awards include the recipient of the Cardinal Teamwork Award in 2011 and the Cardinal Core Values Award in 2014.
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 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

Tillamook Bay Community College SBDC

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Need cash to refinance your small business? Want to invest in a local business? Community Public Offerings offer Oregon small businesses and their neighbors an affordable strategy for raising capital and investing in a small business. Topics include an introduction to the four tiers of small business financing, the technical and practical issues of the Community Public Offering rules, and help you determine if a Community Public Offering is right for you and your business.................................................REGISTRATION/PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: Please register with Tillamook Bay Community College Student Services in person or call 503-842-8222 x 1100 or online @ tillamookbaycc.edu > Admissions > Admissions Application > Non credit application. Then pay at or call TBCC Bookstore @ 503-842-8222 x 1240. If you need further assistance, please call 503-842-8222 x 1420.
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Getting turned down by your local bank isn’t the end, it’s really just the beginning. Find out about the many alternatives available to you to get the funding you need to move ahead. Don’t risk your own personal well-being or potentially damage your family relationships. Explore how microloan funds, local investors, and the Small Business Administration can help you to achieve your dream............................................................................................REGISTRATION/PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: Please register with Tillamook Bay Community College Student Services in person or call 503-842-8222 x 1100 or online @ tillamookbaycc.edu > Admissions > Admissions Application > Non credit application. Then pay at or call TBCC Bookstore @ 503-842-8222 x 1240. If you need further assistance, please call 503-842-8222 x 1420..
Speaker: Bill Mays or Mike Cohen
Fee: $ 20.00

Treasure Valley Community College SBDC

Monday, March 06, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Oregon enforces federal regulations for contractors working on housing or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Under these requirements, only contractors who are licensed for Lead-Based Paint Renovation can bid or work on pre-1978 homes. This means that you cannot bid on a renovation project until you complete an approved training class and obtain a Lead-Based Renovation License.
Speaker: Steve Mabe
Fee: $ 425.00

Umpqua Community College Small Business Development Center

Thursday, March 09, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Technology
Learn how to create Excel spreadsheets for your business. This is a great refresher class for people who haven't used Excel for a while, or just need to update their skills.
Speaker: Laurie Way
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, March 10, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn the first steps to starting a business, types of businesses, entrepreneurship and more. Workshop is NO-COST, however advanced registration is required. Please visit: https://www.enrole.com/umpqua/jsp to register.
Speaker: Doug Monie