Our Classes

Helping build Lane County’s best businesses through workshops and classes

Investing in ongoing entrepreneurial training is vital to long-term business success. By offering a variety of in-depth classes and workshops, we help you stay current on industry trends and regulations while learning how to respond to changes in your market. Consider your refined business skills your most valuable asset.

To register, contact us at www.LaneSBDC.com or by phone at 541-463-6200.

Not sure where to start? Contact us for an advising appointment today!

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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Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

June 4, 2020 - June 4, 2020
CRN: 43738
Instructor: Penegor
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $0.00

Going into Business: First Steps
Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a free advising appointment at the SBDC.

Th • Jun 4 │ 3-5pm│ Penegor │ CRN 43738

Going into Business: First Steps Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a . . . free advising appointment at the SBDC. Th • Jun 4 │ 3-5pm│ Penegor │ CRN 43738

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

June 4, 2020 - June 4, 2020
CRN: 43715
Instructor: Killen
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely via Zoom
Fees: $47.00

Best Fit Social Media Strategy
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Which social media channel is going to help your business the most? Social media has changed the business marketing landscape. It has changed how you get, keep and grow customers; how you engage with the outside world; and how you communicate the character of your business. Join us as we explore the most common and influential social media channels, learn how to take advantage of them, and develop a ‘best fit’ social media strategy for your business.

Th • Jun 4 │ 6-8pm │ $47│ Killen │ CRN 43715

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Best Fit Social Media Strategy - Which social media channel is going to help your business the most? Social media has changed the business marketing landscape. It has changed how you get, keep and grow customers; how you engage with the outside world; and how you communicate the character of your business. Join us as we explore the most common and influential social media channels, learn how to . . . take advantage of them, and develop a ‘best fit’ social media strategy for your business. Th • Jun 4 │ 6-8pm │ $47│ Killen │ CRN 43715 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |  *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Thursday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

June 11, 2020 - June 11, 2020
CRN: 43733
Instructor: Killen
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

Confronting the Brutal Facts -

Running a business is a huge job. Not only are you responsible for delivering your product or service, but countless other pressures and pitfalls are constantly grasping for your attention. Introducing GrowthWheel®, a revolutionary tool that simplifies business oversight and fosters continuous improvement. You will identify strengths and opportunities, build a plan of action, and come away with knowledge of a process to help you to foster ongoing growth for years to come.

Th • Jun 11 │ 3-6pm │ $47 │ Killen │ CRN 43733

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Confronting the Brutal Facts - Running a business is a huge job. Not only are you responsible for delivering your product or service, but countless other pressures and pitfalls are constantly grasping for your attention. Introducing GrowthWheel®, a revolutionary tool that simplifies business oversight and fosters continuous improvement. You will identify strengths and opportunities, build a plan . . . of action, and come away with knowledge of a process to help you to foster ongoing growth for years to come. Th • Jun 11 │ 3-6pm │ $47 │ Killen │ CRN 43733 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |  *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Wednesday 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

July 1, 2020 - August 26, 2020
CRN: 11079
Instructor: Wong
Location: Lane Community College, offered Remotely
Fees: Free - Summer term only

Your Business Plan Accelerator (BPA)
Our BPA class will be offered online during the Summer Term. The class will be free of charge, LIMITED TO 5 STUDENTS, on a first come first serve basis.

Write your business plan using LivePlan® and present it to your peers. “If you don't know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else.” Yogi Berra wasn't talking about business planning, but he could have been. You will put your ideas into words, forecast sales and expenses, identify a target market, and learn to use the plan to manage forward. Meet for five sessions, and attend one-on-one advising sessions in alternate weeks. Participants get three months of free LivePlan® business planning software with this class. Great for startups or existing businesses.
NOTE: This is a modified version of the Standard class.

W • Jul 1, Jul 15, Jul 29, 8/12, 8/26│ 3-5:30pm │ Free │ CRN 11079

Offered Remotely │ Wong │

Your Business Plan Accelerator (BPA) Our BPA class will be offered online during the Summer Term. The class will be free of charge, LIMITED TO 5 STUDENTS, on a first come first serve basis. Write your business plan using LivePlan® and present it to your peers. “If you don't know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else.” Yogi Berra wasn't talking about business planning, but he could . . . have been. You will put your ideas into words, forecast sales and expenses, identify a target market, and learn to use the plan to manage forward. Meet for five sessions, and attend one-on-one advising sessions in alternate weeks. Participants get three months of free LivePlan® business planning software with this class. Great for startups or existing businesses. NOTE: This is a modified version of the Standard class. W • Jul 1, Jul 15, Jul 29, 8/12, 8/26│ 3-5:30pm │ Free │ CRN 11079 Offered Remotely │ Wong │

Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

July 7, 2020 - July 7, 2020
CRN: 11071
Instructor: Penegor
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: Free

Going into Business: First Steps -
Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a free advising appointment at the SBDC.

Tu • Jul 7 │ 5:30-7:30pm │ FREE│ Penegor │ CRN 11071

Going into Business: First Steps - Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a . . . free advising appointment at the SBDC. Tu • Jul 7 │ 5:30-7:30pm │ FREE│ Penegor │ CRN 11071

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

July 14, 2020 - July 14, 2020
CRN: 11065
Instructor: Nichol
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $0.00

Knowing Your Options: Build, Buy, or Franchise - Remote Only

Join us as business and franchise specialists break down the realities and real opportunities in business and franchise ownership. We'll cover: full-time and manager-run business options, pros and cons of business/franchise ownership, why franchise ownership is for your venture, financing strategies for your venture, and how your personality and values uniquely match certain businesses. Build your ideal business model and gain access to a comprehensive report to review insights and application of your unique B.E.S.T profile summary.

Tu • Jul 14 │ 12-2pm │ FREE │ Nichol │ CRN 11065

Knowing Your Options: Build, Buy, or Franchise - Remote Only Join us as business and franchise specialists break down the realities and real opportunities in business and franchise ownership. We'll cover: full-time and manager-run business options, pros and cons of business/franchise ownership, why franchise ownership is for your venture, financing strategies for your venture, and how your . . . personality and values uniquely match certain businesses. Build your ideal business model and gain access to a comprehensive report to review insights and application of your unique B.E.S.T profile summary. Tu • Jul 14 │ 12-2pm │ FREE │ Nichol │ CRN 11065

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

July 15, 2020 - July 15, 2020
CRN: 11074
Instructor: Bullock
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

This class has been cancelled. Please contact the SBDC for 1:1 advising or to learn about the next available session.

Small Business Tax Tips - Online

You will review allowed deductions, understand the business tax structure, what essential records to keep to avoid challenges to tax filings, and how to make tax-smart business choices. Content is applicable to Sole Proprietorships, Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs), and Corporations. Ideal for those still considering which business structure to choose.

W • Jul 15 │ 6-8pm │ $47* Bullock │ CRN 11074

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account. If you have any issues please call 541.463.6200.

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

This class has been cancelled. Please contact the SBDC for 1:1 advising or to learn about the next available session. Small Business Tax Tips - Online You will review allowed deductions, understand the business tax structure, what essential records to keep to avoid challenges to tax filings, and how to make tax-smart business choices. Content is applicable to Sole Proprietorships, Limited . . . Liability Corporations (LLCs), and Corporations. Ideal for those still considering which business structure to choose. W • Jul 15 │ 6-8pm │ $47* Bullock │ CRN 11074 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account. If you have any issues please call 541.463.6200. *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Tuesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

July 21, 2020 - July 21, 2020
CRN: 11069
Instructor: Penegor
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

Understanding Your Financial Statements
Whether you choose to hire out or do it yourself, understanding financials is essential. Learn about key documents including the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Understand key financial indicators including gross margin, accounts payable, depreciation, assets, and equity. Designed for new or future business owners.
Tu • Jul 21 │ 5-7pm │ $47 │ Penegor │ CRN 11069

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 

*An additional $10 fee will be charged per term.

Understanding Your Financial Statements Whether you choose to hire out or do it yourself, understanding financials is essential. Learn about key documents including the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Understand key financial indicators including gross margin, accounts payable, depreciation, assets, and equity. Designed for new or future business owners. Tu • Jul 21 │ . . . 5-7pm │ $47 │ Penegor │ CRN 11069 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |  *An additional $10 fee will be charged per term.

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

July 22, 2020 - July 22, 2020
CRN: 11061
Instructor: Bullock
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

Find the Money to Fund Your Business -

Did you know that the lack of adequate funding is the number one reason small businesses fail? Understand your financing options, including bank loans, government guaranteed loans, and state, regional, and local loan programs. Discuss how to select a loan program based on your business type and needs. Find out the importance of loan terms and how to evaluate whether your business can support timely loan repayment. You will see how to minimize the cost of capital.

W • Jul 22 │ 6-8pm │ $47*│ Bullock │ CRN 11061

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account. Please call if you have any issues.
| 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Find the Money to Fund Your Business - Did you know that the lack of adequate funding is the number one reason small businesses fail? Understand your financing options, including bank loans, government guaranteed loans, and state, regional, and local loan programs. Discuss how to select a loan program based on your business type and needs. Find out the importance of loan terms and how to evaluate . . . whether your business can support timely loan repayment. You will see how to minimize the cost of capital. W • Jul 22 │ 6-8pm │ $47*│ Bullock │ CRN 11061 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account. Please call if you have any issues. | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

July 29, 2020 - July 29, 2020
CRN: 11077
Instructor: Bullock
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

Choosing the Right Legal Entity for Your Business

What box to check on the Secretary of State’s business registration form may seem inconsequential at first, but the legal structure of a business impacts personal liability, taxes and how a business operates. Not fully understanding the rationale behind the choice of business structure, can lead to costly mistakes. Review different business structure options and next steps to form a business. You should be in the beginning stages of forming a business, or be experiencing difficulty with your current structure.

W • Jul 29 │ 6-8pm │ $47*│ Bullock │ CRN 11077

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.  If you have any issues please call 541.463.6200.

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Choosing the Right Legal Entity for Your Business What box to check on the Secretary of State’s business registration form may seem inconsequential at first, but the legal structure of a business impacts personal liability, taxes and how a business operates. Not fully understanding the rationale behind the choice of business structure, can lead to costly mistakes. Review different business . . . structure options and next steps to form a business. You should be in the beginning stages of forming a business, or be experiencing difficulty with your current structure. W • Jul 29 │ 6-8pm │ $47*│ Bullock │ CRN 11077 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.  If you have any issues please call 541.463.6200. *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

August 13, 2020 - August 13, 2020
CRN: 11064
Instructor: Brabham
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

Being successful on Facebook takes consistency and strategy. This class will give you an overview of using Facebook to promote your small business, as well as an introduction to the ads platform. You will leave class with strategies you can employ right away to increase your business exposure on the platform.

Th • Aug 13 │ 6-8pm │ $47 │ Brabham │ CRN 11064

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Being successful on Facebook takes consistency and strategy. This class will give you an overview of using Facebook to promote your small business, as well as an introduction to the ads platform. You will leave class with strategies you can employ right away to increase your business exposure on the platform. Th • Aug 13 │ 6-8pm │ $47 │ Brabham │ CRN 11064 Payment Instructions: You can provide . . . payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |  *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

August 13, 2020 - August 13, 2020
CRN: 11080
Instructor: Penegor
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: Free

Going into Business: First Steps
Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a free advising appointment at the SBDC.

Th • Aug13 │ 3-5pm│ Penegor │ CRN 11080

Going into Business: First Steps Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a . . . free advising appointment at the SBDC. Th • Aug13 │ 3-5pm│ Penegor │ CRN 11080

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

August 27, 2020 - August 27, 2020
CRN: 11073
Instructor: Killen
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $47.00

Best Fit Social Media Strategy - Online
Which social media channel is going to help your business the most? Social media has changed the business marketing landscape. It has changed how you get, keep and grow customers; how you engage with the outside world; and how you communicate the character of your business. Join us as we explore the most common and influential social media channels, learn how to take advantage of them, and develop a ‘best fit’ social media strategy for your business.

Th • Aug 27 │ 6-8pm │ $47* │ Killen │ CRN 11073

Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 

*A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Best Fit Social Media Strategy - Online Which social media channel is going to help your business the most? Social media has changed the business marketing landscape. It has changed how you get, keep and grow customers; how you engage with the outside world; and how you communicate the character of your business. Join us as we explore the most common and influential social media channels, learn . . . how to take advantage of them, and develop a ‘best fit’ social media strategy for your business. Th • Aug 27 │ 6-8pm │ $47* │ Killen │ CRN 11073 Payment Instructions: You can provide payment for this course with a credit card directly through your LCC student account.   Please call if you have any issues.  | 541.463.6200 | M - F | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm |  *A $10 LCC fee will be added to your account once per term

Tuesday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

September 1, 2020 - September 1, 2020
CRN: 11063
Instructor: Wong
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: Free

Starting a Food Cart is a step-by-step process of understanding not only the business, but government laws, and the daily operations of running and maintaining your food cart. If you are thinking of starting and running a food cart business, you are encouraged to attend this presentation before you invest your time and money.

Tu • Sep 1│ 3-5pm │Free│ Wong │ CRN 11063

Starting a Food Cart is a step-by-step process of understanding not only the business, but government laws, and the daily operations of running and maintaining your food cart. If you are thinking of starting and running a food cart business, you are encouraged to attend this presentation before you invest your time and money.

Tu • Sep 1│ 3-5pm │Free│ Wong │ CRN 11063

Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

September 3, 2020 - September 3, 2020
CRN: 11075
Instructor: Penegor
Location: Lane Community College, Offered Remotely
Fees: $0.00

Going into Business: First Steps
Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a free advising appointment at the SBDC.

Th • Sep 3 │ 3-5pm│ Penegor │ CRN 11075

Going into Business: First Steps Decide if running a business is right for you. Learn how to evaluate a business idea and understand essential topics, including the importance of market analysis, how to create a business plan to analyze your idea, and financial projections. If you have a business idea, or in the early stages of planning, you are encouraged to register. Pair this (first) with a . . . free advising appointment at the SBDC. Th • Sep 3 │ 3-5pm│ Penegor │ CRN 11075

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