Our Classes

Grow your business through our SBDC workshops and classes!

We provide small business owners with the expertise and resources to achieve business success, whether launching, growing or transitioning. We offer various classes and workshops and help our small business owners remain relevant in their field and industry. We also offer local advising and an array of various classes, as well as services from our statewide network.

To register, contact us using the link to the right or by phone at (503) 399-5088.

Not sure where to start? Contact us for more information.

Find A Class For Your Business

IDEA: You have an idea for a business, but it isn’t off the ground yet. You may have some of the pieces in place or a working plan but aren’t yet in business. This is sometimes also called “pre-venture”.

LAUNCH: Your business is up and running. You may not yet be profitable and things still feel new.

EXPANSION: Your business is generating a consistent source of income and you regularly see new customers. You are looking at new opportunities for your business.

RENEWAL: Business conditions, leadership and other factors can lead to changes in direction. This is a time to look at new processes and big decisions to move the business forward. It is often when businesses pursue new avenues for growth.

EXIT: You are ready to make a big change in the business and exit to new opportunities. Business succession plans need to be identified early to achieve your desired outcomes.

BUSINESS CONCEPT & PRODUCT: Creating and refining your business concept toward products & services that have growth potential and revenue models that propel your business.

CUSTOMER RELATIONS & BRANDING: Finding the right customers, understanding community demographics and building a brand that enhances public relations, marketing and networking are critical to your success.

ORGANIZATION & HUMAN RESOURCES: How your company is structured as a board, employees, partnerships, business processes and legal issues.

OPERATIONS & FINANCE: The operations side of your business, including financials, funding, production and deliveries, IT systems and facilities.

What can we help you with?
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  • Business Concept & Product
  • Customer Relations & Branding
  • Operations & Finance
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  • Organization & Human Resources
Select your business cycle
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  • Idea
  • Launch
  • Expansion
  • Renew

Wednesday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

November 13, 2019 - November 13, 2019
Instructor: Betsy Vega
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center, Room 207
Fees: $149

Are you the RMI (Responsible Managing Individual) for a CCB contracting company? This three–hour class will prepare you to organize your books and avoid costly penalties.

Learn how to save thousands of dollars every year while managing your successful contracting company.

Are you the RMI (Responsible Managing Individual) for a CCB contracting company? This three–hour class will prepare you to organize your books and avoid costly penalties.

Learn how to save thousands of dollars every year while managing your successful contracting company.

626 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

November 14, 2019 - November 14, 2019
Instructor: Jennifer Larsen Morrow
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center, Room 207
Fees: $99

Today every business must have a website to be “real.” Yet most business owners struggle with how to design and write their site. In this workshop you’ll learn how to create a site that is easy to find, easy to use by your visitors and that builds your business. We’ll cover:

* Different website platforms and how to choose
* How you can help search engines find you
* What information you must include and where
* How to write copy to keep your visitors clicking
* Essential elements of design to support your brand
* Questions to ask a web developer before you hire one

And much more …

This intensive workshop will include plenty of examples, tips and insight to build your marketing presence online. Led by Jennifer Larsen Morrow, a recognized marketing expert whose company has developed numerous, award-winning websites for her clients, you’ll be able to ask your questions and learn what turns a website from “meh” to “wow!”

Today every business must have a website to be “real.” Yet most business owners struggle with how to design and write their site. In this workshop you’ll learn how to create a site that is easy to find, easy to use by your visitors and that builds your business. We’ll cover: * Different website platforms and how to choose * How you can help search engines find you * What information you must . . . include and where * How to write copy to keep your visitors clicking * Essential elements of design to support your brand * Questions to ask a web developer before you hire one And much more … This intensive workshop will include plenty of examples, tips and insight to build your marketing presence online. Led by Jennifer Larsen Morrow, a recognized marketing expert whose company has developed numerous, award-winning websites for her clients, you’ll be able to ask your questions and learn what turns a website from “meh” to “wow!”
626 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

November 15, 2019 - November 15, 2019
Instructor: Linda Herrera
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 207
Fees: $49

Are you ready to start your business? Not sure if you have everything in order or you don’t know what you don’t know?

Begin your business the right way. Come and learn about:

 business structure
 business registration
 licensing
 taxes
 miscellaneous rules and regulations

The information presented can help you eliminate mistakes before they happen. This fast-paced class is the perfect first step!

Are you ready to start your business? Not sure if you have everything in order or you don’t know what you don’t know? Begin your business the right way. Come and learn about:  business structure  business registration  licensing  taxes  miscellaneous rules and regulations The information presented can help you eliminate mistakes before they happen. This fast-paced class is the perfect first . . . step!
626 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

November 21, 2019 - November 21, 2019
Instructor: Angie Oven
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 207
Fees: Free

Are you just starting out on your business journey? Not sure if owning a business is right for you? Are you wondering where to find out what you need and where you can get expert help to begin? Join us for this brief introduction to business ownership. Find out about the classes and coaching services available through SBDC and our partner organizations.

This 1-hour class has no cost but an hour of your time and you'll leave with more clarity about the next best steps toward your destination.

Registration is required to attend.

Are you just starting out on your business journey? Not sure if owning a business is right for you? Are you wondering where to find out what you need and where you can get expert help to begin? Join us for this brief introduction to business ownership. Find out about the classes and coaching services available through SBDC and our partner organizations. This 1-hour class has no cost but an hour . . . of your time and you'll leave with more clarity about the next best steps toward your destination. Registration is required to attend.
626 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Friday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

November 22, 2019 - November 22, 2019
Instructor: Jennifer Larsen Morrow
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center, Room 207
Fees: $99

Facebook is the “gorilla” of social media, reaching more than 2 billion global users. It’s also a platform which delivers many opportunities for small businesses to market at a low cost. How do you make Facebook work for you and your business? In this two-hour workshop you’ll learn:

* How to set up your page to support your business and brand
* How often to post and when to promote
* The difference between ads and promoted posts
* How to create content which generates more likes and shares
* What an effective post is, and what not to post
* How to respond to build your audience
* Linking Facebook and Instagram - why and how
* The basics of creating a FB ad campaign

This workshop will help you understand how to make Facebook work harder for you. Lots of discussion, many examples and insider tips and tricks are included. Led by Jennifer Larsen Morrow, a recognized marketing expert, you’ll discover what you can do to improve your Facebook marketing.

Facebook is the “gorilla” of social media, reaching more than 2 billion global users. It’s also a platform which delivers many opportunities for small businesses to market at a low cost. How do you make Facebook work for you and your business? In this two-hour workshop you’ll learn: * How to set up your page to support your business and brand * How often to post and when to promote * The . . . difference between ads and promoted posts * How to create content which generates more likes and shares * What an effective post is, and what not to post * How to respond to build your audience * Linking Facebook and Instagram - why and how * The basics of creating a FB ad campaign This workshop will help you understand how to make Facebook work harder for you. Lots of discussion, many examples and insider tips and tricks are included. Led by Jennifer Larsen Morrow, a recognized marketing expert, you’ll discover what you can do to improve your Facebook marketing.
626 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Friday, Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019
Instructor: Judy Beebe
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center, Room 207
Fees: $360

Take this two-day live class to prepare for the state-mandated test (not included) to become a licensed contractor in Oregon. The class is based on the new NASCLA Contractors Guide and fulfills state requirement for 16 hours of training.

The workbook includes:
 Guides to help you with the important issues in each of the 14 chapters
 A quiz for each chapter and answer keys
 Checklist for all the steps to get your license
 An explanation of each of the Appendices
 Two practice tests of 80 questions each, plus answer keys
 PSI Examination Information Bulletin complete with:

o Instructions for registration
o Test site locations
o Information about the test taking process
o Special Arrangement Request Form
o Course Completion form to record hours

Take this two-day live class to prepare for the state-mandated test (not included) to become a licensed contractor in Oregon. The class is based on the new NASCLA Contractors Guide and fulfills state requirement for 16 hours of training. The workbook includes:  Guides to help you with the important issues in each of the 14 chapters  A quiz for each chapter and answer keys  Checklist for all . . . the steps to get your license  An explanation of each of the Appendices  Two practice tests of 80 questions each, plus answer keys  PSI Examination Information Bulletin complete with: o Instructions for registration o Test site locations o Information about the test taking process o Special Arrangement Request Form o Course Completion form to record hours
626 High Street Northeast
Salem, OR 97301

Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

December 6, 2019 - December 6, 2019
Instructor: Edith Wuerch
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 207
Fees: Free

Are you just starting out on your business journey? Not sure if owning a business is right for you? Are you wondering where to find out what you need and where you can get expert help to begin? Join us for this brief introduction to business ownership. Find out about the classes and coaching services available through SBDC and our partner organizations.

This 1-hour class has no cost but an hour of your time and you'll leave with more clarity about the next best steps toward your destination.

Registration is required to attend.

Are you just starting out on your business journey? Not sure if owning a business is right for you? Are you wondering where to find out what you need and where you can get expert help to begin? Join us for this brief introduction to business ownership. Find out about the classes and coaching services available through SBDC and our partner organizations. This 1-hour class has no cost but an hour . . . of your time and you'll leave with more clarity about the next best steps toward your destination. Registration is required to attend.
626 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

December 19, 2019 - December 19, 2019
Instructor: Angie Oven
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 207
Fees: Free

Are you just starting out on your business journey? Not sure if owning a business is right for you? Are you wondering where to find out what you need and where you can get expert help to begin? Join us for this brief introduction to business ownership. Find out about the classes and coaching services available through SBDC and our partner organizations.

This 1-hour class has no cost but an hour of your time and you'll leave with more clarity about the next best steps toward your destination.

Registration is required to attend.

Are you just starting out on your business journey? Not sure if owning a business is right for you? Are you wondering where to find out what you need and where you can get expert help to begin? Join us for this brief introduction to business ownership. Find out about the classes and coaching services available through SBDC and our partner organizations. This 1-hour class has no cost but an hour . . . of your time and you'll leave with more clarity about the next best steps toward your destination. Registration is required to attend.
626 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

December 20, 2019 - December 20, 2019
Instructor: Linda Herrera
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 207
Fees: $49

Are you ready to start your business? Not sure if you have everything in order or you don’t know what you don’t know?

Begin your business the right way. Come and learn about:

 business structure
 business registration
 licensing
 taxes
 miscellaneous rules and regulations

The information presented can help you eliminate mistakes before they happen. This fast-paced class is the perfect first step!

Are you ready to start your business? Not sure if you have everything in order or you don’t know what you don’t know? Begin your business the right way. Come and learn about:  business structure  business registration  licensing  taxes  miscellaneous rules and regulations The information presented can help you eliminate mistakes before they happen. This fast-paced class is the perfect first . . . step!
626 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Wednesday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

January 22, 2020 - February 5, 2020
Instructor: Don Lundberg
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 202
Fees: $249

A very basic, practical, and hands-on course that will help you manage QuickBooks and use it to provide information for better decision-making.

Topics include managing sales and invoices, managing and reconciling checkbooks and credit cards, managing expenses, and creating meaningful reports.

A very basic, practical, and hands-on course that will help you manage QuickBooks and use it to provide information for better decision-making.

Topics include managing sales and invoices, managing and reconciling checkbooks and credit cards, managing expenses, and creating meaningful reports.

626 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Tuesday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

April 14, 2020 - April 28, 2020
Instructor: Don Lundberg
Location: Chemeketa Small Business Development Center Room 202
Fees: $249

A very basic, practical, and hands-on course that will help you manage QuickBooks and use it to provide information for better decision-making.

Topics include managing sales and invoices, managing and reconciling checkbooks and credit cards, managing expenses, and creating meaningful reports.

A very basic, practical, and hands-on course that will help you manage QuickBooks and use it to provide information for better decision-making.

Topics include managing sales and invoices, managing and reconciling checkbooks and credit cards, managing expenses, and creating meaningful reports.

626 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

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