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Online

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
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 , 7 sessions ending Friday, March 17
Topic: Business Basics
Do you have a great idea? Great ideas don't necessarily go to market. It's the execution of great ideas that help new products launch into the product. Join in a 7-part series on demand as we learn from local and national experts on the feasibility of innovation, product analysis, patents, manufacturing, licensing and more. In addition, you will have an opportunity to work with an innovation business advisor to help you put together an innovation action plan to move your idea forward Available On Demand Once you are registered you will receive login information 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, Lead Advisor.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 70.00

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: 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, February 01, 2017 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
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Four out of five consumers use search engines to find local information. People are looking for what your business offers – and they’re looking online. Make sure customers can find and connect with your company by adding your business information to Google Search & Maps. Join us and get your business verified with Google My Business, a free tool to manage your business information across Google Search, Maps and Mobile, plus pick up some best practices and tips from the instructor to improve your online visibility. Please bring a business document showing your business name and address, such as a Utility Bill, Tax Letter or Business Registration Certificate.
Speaker: Nick Wiley
Fee: $ 19.00
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Thursday, February 23
Topic: Technology
This class is for people who already have a WordPress website and need to learn how to use it. You will create pages, a blog, customize menus, set up widgets, and learn how plugins can enhance your website. Uploading photos and video, SEO basics, slideshows, galleries, settings, themes and users are also discussed. Requirements: Must have a hosted WordPress website (NOT WordPress.com site) with username and password. Recommended next class: WordPress Intermediate.
Speaker: Annette Witzel
Fee: $ 199.00

Chemeketa Community College SBDC

Thursday, January 26, 2017 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
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Tuesday, February 21
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
Thursday, February 02, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Orientation
Learn more about what your SBDC has to offer while exploring self-employment. Receive guidance as to your best next steps as you start down the path of entrepreneurship. Dates: Thursday, January 15 Time: 12:30 – 2 pm Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Downtown Salem Cost: No Cost Registration and Information: 503.399.5088

Clackamas Community College SBDC

Thursday, February 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, February 03, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Saturday, February 04
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

Clastsop Community College

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Intro to Quickbooks Jane Francis will teach students how to: Manage money for a simple, imaginary company-not including inventory or payroll. Set up accounts and money tracking. Create a list of products and services. Add customers and vendors. Receive and spend money. Reconcile bank and credit card accounts. Review reports to track business. This hands-on class that will show you practical bookkeeping procedures using QuickBooks. Cost: $20.00 at the door by check or credit card To Register email sbdc@clatsopcc.edu or call 503-338-2402
Speaker: Instructor: Jane Francis: Personal Computer Training
Fee: $ 20.00

Clatsop Community College SBDC

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Technology
Intro to Quickbooks - Seaside Jane Francis will teach students how to: Manage money for a simple, imaginary company-not including inventory or payroll. Set up accounts and money tracking. Create a list of products and services. Add customers and vendors. Receive and spend money. Reconcile bank and credit card accounts. Review reports to track business. This hands-on class that will show you practical bookkeeping procedures using QuickBooks. Cost: $20.00 at the door by check or credit card To Register copy and paste this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8lnxr4cab&oeidk=a07edosjiu9cf986824
Speaker: Jane Francis
Fee: $ 20.00

COCC Redmond North Campus

Monday, February 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Monday, February 20
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
You know your product or service, but do you want to know how to make it more successful? Transform your accounting from a necessary evil into a means for identifying opportunities for business growth and provide your investors, bankers, or yourself with the information you need to take your business to the next level. Growing Your Business with QuickBooks combines two 3-hour evening classes (2/6 & 2/20) that teach you the fundamentals of business accounting and QuickBooks operation, with up to three hours of one-on-one daytime advising sessions to get YOUR QuickBooks installation optimized for YOUR business. You’ll also exchange valuable real-world experiences with other business owners.
Speaker: Patti Norris
Fee: $ 199.00

Klamath Community College SBDC

Tuesday, January 31, 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: Chip Massie
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, February 07, 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

Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, 5 sessions ending Thursday, February 23
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Do you need to set up an accounting system for your business? This 10 hour class will get you started using QuickBooks 2015. Previous exposure to computer base bookkeeping recommended. Bring a flash drive to class.
Fee: $ 219.00
Tuesday, February 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, January 24, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, January 26
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Two-Day Hands-On Training in QuickBooks (Two three hour sessions for $180) Working with real-life customer, vendor and banking transactions, you will use the software to process money coming into and going out of a business as part of a 30-day bookkeeping cycle vital to your business. Learning Outcomes: 1. Set up & manage listings of customers, vendors and Items. 2. Post to the software & manage: a. customer invoices b. sales receipts c. customer payments d. deposits e. vendor bills f. bill payments g. checks h. credit card transactions 3. Manage the movement of money between bank accounts. 4. As part of a well planned 30-day bookkeeping cycle: a. Reconcile bank statements b. Manage paper flow c. Generate & file essential financial reports 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, January 24, 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
Saturday, January 28, 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, January 28, 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, January 31, 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, February 02, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Technology
This workshop will give you a solid foundation of Facebook features and how to integrate them effectively in your business. You will learn how to use Facebook successfully to reach out and interact with your friends and customers. You will need a personal Facebook account to create a page for your business. Go to Facebook.com to create a new account. 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 Workshop Description: Learn key features of Facebook for your business. Manage you business contacts and keep them from seeing personal posts. Use the info tab to increase you business. Build your list of business fans strategically. Use your friends list to be more productive. Use you profile to promote your business effectively. 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

Online

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: International Trade
Is your company taking advantage of the possibilities in the global marketplace? Did you know US companies that export grow faster and are 8.5% less likely to go out of business than non-exporting companies? "Exporting" may bring up images of shipping containers and large industry. However, exporting provides tremendous opportunity for any small business - from eCommerce to a solopreneur. It is not as daunting and mysterious as you might think. In our connected global economy, reaching customers in Japan for example is very similar to reaching customers across the country in Delaware. Join us December 6th on Facebook page for a live discussion on: •What you need to know about selling to customers outside the US •What are the biggest misconceptions about exporting •How you can learn more about strengthening your business through exporting You'll also have the chance to ask your marketing questions and get answers live! The Details Where: On our Facebook page (facebook.com/pccsbdc) Who should attend: Any small business owner or employee who would like to learn more about starting to export or who has starting exporting (that includes Canada) and wants to make sure they're doing it right 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
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 Coast Community College SBDC

Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Learn how to record transactions with customers and create understandable QuickBooks reports. Learn and understand accounts receivable, aging reports, record payments on account, record recurring sales invoices, and analyze customer statistics.
Speaker: Kathie Gordon-Brooks
Fee: $ 49.00
Friday, February 03, 2017 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
A social network is critical to the success of your business. The marketing of your business is a dynamic and ever-changing challenge. This workshop will introduce you to social networking fundamentals such as Facebook fan pages, groups and fan development.
Speaker: Misty Lambrecht
Fee: $ 35.00

Oregon Coast Community College SBDC Main Campus

Friday, February 03, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
A social network is critical to the success of your business. The marketing of your business is a dynamic and ever-changing challenge. This workshop will introduce you to social networking fundamentals such as Facebook fan pages, groups and fan development.
Speaker: Misty Lambrecht
Fee: $ 35.00

Oregon Small Business Development Center Portland Community College

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 10 sessions ending Wednesday, October 25
Topic: International Trade
The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners, top-managers, and/or personnel engaged in the international process, wanting to become more familiar with the ins and outs of international trade. Participants will: - Learn from international trade professionals on important topics including global management, global marketing, global supply chain, and trade finance. - Have access to Certified Global Business Professionals for one-on-one advising. - Make connections with peers and international trade organizations like Small Business Administration, U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Services, the State of Oregon. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/IT-SBM
Fee: $ 1795.00
Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
In the simplest terms, marketing is how we let people know we have something they might want. This intense class will help you discover the best marketing opportunities for your business and you'll leave with a marketing plan to move forward on. Marketing these days is far from simple. Social media, websites, collateral, networking events, newspapers and coupons...where do you start? And where is the best place to put your effort and money? Learn answers to these questions here.
Fee: $ 185.00
Friday, January 27, 2017 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Saturday, January 28
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The Contractors Licensing Education is designed to help the construction contractor meet educational requirements of ORS 701.280 for licensing or renewal. The intense live classroom program is held over 2 full days. The course times run Friday and Saturday, 8am - 6pm. Space is limited and pre-registraion is required. Also available... The "Study at home" format uses your home computer and the internet to lead you through the material you need to study. **You must come into our office at 1626 SE Water Ave., room #308, Portland to register for the Home Study and get your materials**
Fee: $ 330.00
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Wednesday, April 12
Topic: Managing a Business
You became an ENCORE entrepreneur because you love what you do. But, you're doing it all. And getting bogged down in running your business can cause you to lose track of the passion that got you started. There is another way. From marketing to invoicing, do you ever wonder how you got into this mess? ENCORE is designed specifically for those over 50 starting a business or wanting to focus on growing and developing their business so that the business gives them the results they want. -Share ideas and solve problems. Working as a solo entrepreneur can be lonely and isolating. You'll meet fellow solos to learn about the keys to success and overcoming common problems. Keep yourself accountable to your goals. -Work one-on-one with an advisor to take action. Need a sounding board? You'll meet with your advisor regularly to develop an action plan, track your progress, and work on problems you encounter along the way. -Find clarity, focus on your mission. We'll help you clearly define your mission, services and products, and your target market. With this focus, you'll be able to navigate opportunities and challenges, ultimately increasing your sales. -Refine your business model. Solopreneurs need a different business model. Learn about the Waterbug Model and how to build a network of solopreneurs, and focus on doing what you love. Work smarter, not harder. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/Solo-BB
Fee: $ 799.00
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Monday, November 06
Topic: Managing a Business
The Small Business Management program is designed for the small business owner who has been in business for at least three years. At this point of your business’ development you may have employees and feel as though you are in this all alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, in fact far from it. The Small Business Management program focuses on topics such as: · How to Hire the Right People and HR Regulations · Introduction to Management—Building a Team · Budgeting and Forecasting Cash Flow · Financing Your Business—Internal and External Sources of Funds · Business Presentations with Technology · Sustainability as a System · Selling Skills—Intermediate Anthony · Sales to the Government; Sales to the Global Market At the end of the program, you’ll get an opportunity to present your business plan to your colleagues for input and feedback. The SBM program spans 10 months and classes meet once each month for 3 hours each month. The program fee is $1,795.00 and includes 30 hours of instructing and 20 hours of advising.
Fee: $ 1795.00
Monday, February 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.

Portland Community College SBDC-Willow Creek Center

Tuesday, January 31, 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.
Monday, February 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Monday, February 27
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

RCC SBDC/RVC Medford Campus

Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 01
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In order for your business to succeed, you need to understand basic bookkeeping and be able to interpret your entries. In this in-depth class, held over two evenings, you will learn what business income and expenses you need to record and how to do so; and how to assess the information to better understand your profitability.
Speaker: Melinda Ellerman
Fee: $ 120.00
Monday, February 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 08
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In this 6 hour class, held over two evenings, you will be able to further your business success by learning how to transfer business income and expense information into a financial statement that will help you use it to make better operational and investment decisions.
Speaker: Melinda Ellermen
Fee: $ 120.00

Rogue Community College SBDC

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 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
Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 01
Topic: Technology
Add to your business toolbox with additional Microsoft Excel functionality in two sessions. Learn to manage and manipulate data and create various chart types to display your business information at a glance. Bring a thumb drive to save your work. Instructor: Jim Sweeney
Speaker: Jim Sweeney
Fee: $ 80.00
Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 01
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In order for your business to succeed, you need to understand basic bookkeeping and be able to interpret your entries. In this in-depth class, held over two evenings, you will learn what business income and expenses you need to record and how to do so; and how to assess the information to better understand your profitability.
Speaker: Melinda Ellerman
Fee: $ 120.00
Monday, February 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 08
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In this 6 hour class, held over two evenings, you will be able to further your business success by learning how to transfer business income and expense information into a financial statement that will help you use it to make better operational and investment decisions.
Speaker: Melinda Ellermen
Fee: $ 120.00
Monday, February 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 08
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
You will learn the basics of maintaining a payroll and paying the taxes in this class, held over two evenings. Topics include employee set up, information and forms; subcontracting restrictions; payroll periods; required deductions; paying quarterlies; and annual reporting.
Speaker: Melinda Ellerman
Fee: $ 120.00
Tuesday, February 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
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Whether you are starting a new business or want to acquire more customers for your existing business, this course will help you identify, reach and market to your customers. You will learn how to compare your business to your competitors, create a marketing plan using a blend of strategies and components, promote the benefits of your product or service, and measure your results.
Speaker: David Low
Fee: $ 60.00

Southern Oregon University SBDC

Friday, January 27, 2017 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn the 4 steps to starting a business, 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.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn the 4 steps to starting a business, 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.

Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 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, February 01, 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, January 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Every entrepreneur needs to know how to project their future revenue and expenses if they want to attract financing or investors. Just making a profit isn’t good enough if you don’t have the cash to pay your bills. A few simple worksheets can make you the financial manager you want to be without an MBA. You will be able to make wise financial decisions with the data you already have. ............................................................. 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
Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
The world of credit can be complicated and frustrating! Learn how to interpret your credit report and improve it as quickly as possible. A great workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about how credit affects their financial health. Remember, the best business plan in the world won’t help you get financing if your personal credit is impaired..........................................................................................................................REGISTRATION/PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: Please register with TBCC 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
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This course is a necessity for anyone who wants to become self-employed. What are the different legal identities you need to consider? Should you hire employees or use independent contractors? Do you need to write a business plan? What questions do you need to ask in order to find the right answers? ............................................................................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

Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
Entry-level class geared toward small businesses across any industry. Best suited for those with limited to no government contracting experience or those seeking a refresher on the basics. All are welcome! The class will be held in the TVCC Weese Bldg. Room 104 No fee class, but online pre-registration is required at http://www.ptassist.com/services/ptac_web_register.php?id=4A99349065
Speaker: Sue LaCroix, GCAP
Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Businesses interested in exploring and understanding Federal Certifications such as 8(a), HUBZone, Woman Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business. Larry Demirelli of SBA will discuss the certification process and benefits. No Fee, pre-register at http://www.ptassist.com/services/ptac_web_register.php?id=87A3A49067
Speaker: Sue LaCroix, GCAP
Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
This class is intended to be an introductory to intermediate level course on how to approach federal solicitations, and then prepare and submit a proposal .The Proposal Development workshop will dive into the federal proposal submission process. No fee class. Pre-register at http://www.ptassist.com/services/ptac_web_register.php?id=87A3A49067
Speaker: Sue LaCroix, GCAP
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Thursday, February 02
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Class will run for three days to cover setup to more advanced. Three days covers: * How to set up QB right the first time; * How to set up your company profile; * How to enter sales; * How to pay your bills. * Create and customize company forms and reports; * Do basic job costing; * Memorize transactions; * Reconcile bank and credit card statements.
Speaker: Michael Braden, SBDC Financial Advisor/CPA
Fee: $ 200.00
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Thursday, February 09
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Thorough introductory training of Excel 2013. This course covers beginning-level skills, and is ideal for the newer computer user who wants to become well versed in Excel. Topics introduced include the Ribbon interface; entering and editing data; selecting cells and ranges; printing worksheets; creating formulas and functions; formatting cell contents; inserting and deleting columns, rows, and cells; charts; and more. Features include: * 6 lessons * Step-by-step, skills-based approach ensures that students master subjects and achieve success quickly * Our real-world focus helps students develop practical skills they can apply immediately.
Speaker: Michael Braden, SBDC Financial Advisor/CPA
Fee: $ 99.00

Umpqua Community College Small Business Development Center

Monday, January 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Learn to process payroll in QuickBooks. Must have previous QuickBooks experience. All materials included. To register, visit: https://www.enrole.com/umpqua/jsp
Speaker: Gale Peterson
Fee: $ 99.00
Thursday, February 02, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Technology
Build on the basics by learning to write more detailed formulas. Explore Excel's business functions, and practice formatting your spreadsheets. Some Excel experience suggested.
Speaker: Laurie Way
Fee: $ 35.00