Our Classes

Free and low-cost workshops and classes to meet your business needs

We offer low-cost classes and workshops that are designed to fit with your busy schedule.

Going into Business – Thinking about starting a business? Attend a FREE session offered each month at a convenient location. Available in both English and Spanish.

Foundations of Business Success – Learn how to create and assess a business plan for a new business in 10 sessions. Includes professional speakers covering financial management, pricing, cash flow, marketing, sales, legal topics, insurance, bookkeeping systems and market research.

Advanced business management classes – From Small Business Management to Advanced Facebook to Finance, these term-length classes vary.

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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Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

September 10, 2019 - November 12, 2019
Instructor: Stephen Fuller
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, North Santiam Hall, Room NSH-109
Fees: $349, ask about scholarships and discounts

Led by Stephen Fuller, a successful entrepreneur in the Corvallis area who is also a business adviser. Over 9 casual Tuesday evening sessions and one orientation, participants will learn how to create and assess a plan for a new business. The series features professional speakers covering branding and web pages, social media/digital marketing strategies, financial management, pricing, cash flow, sales, legal topics, insurance, market research and more. This is the perfect course for the entrepreneur who owns a new business (aged zero to 4 years, approximately) looking to find every competitive advantage. Scholarships and discounts are available.

Led by Stephen Fuller, a successful entrepreneur in the Corvallis area who is also a business adviser. Over 9 casual Tuesday evening sessions and one orientation, participants will learn how to create and assess a plan for a new business. The series features professional speakers covering branding and web pages, social media/digital marketing strategies, financial management, pricing, cash flow, . . . sales, legal topics, insurance, market research and more. This is the perfect course for the entrepreneur who owns a new business (aged zero to 4 years, approximately) looking to find every competitive advantage. Scholarships and discounts are available.
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, Oregon 97321

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

September 17, 2019 - September 17, 2019
Instructor: Anne Whittington
Location: Corvallis Foundry
Fees: Free

In just one session, 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.

In just one session, 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.

257 SW Madison Ave Ste 210
Corvallis, OR 97333

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

September 17, 2019 - September 17, 2019
CRN: 27315
Instructor: George Medellin and Marlene Peterson
Location: Hillside Fellowship
Fees: $25

This course gives you a 360-degree view on your business. This will help you make sure that you don't leave anything out when deciding on what to focus on next. The Screening covers four areas of business: business concept, organization, operations, and customer relations. You will leave this course with clear ACTION STEPS to take for your business.

This course gives you a 360-degree view on your business. This will help you make sure that you don't leave anything out when deciding on what to focus on next. The Screening covers four areas of business: business concept, organization, operations, and customer relations. You will leave this course with clear ACTION STEPS to take for your business.

501 Nandina St
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

September 18, 2019 - November 20, 2019
CRN: 25000
Instructor: Donna Jo Merrifield
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-213
Fees: $650

This Course is designed as an accelerated pre-license course to prepare you for the Oregon Real Estate Brokers’ License Exam and is the fastest way to qualify to take the exam. This 150-hour class has most course content online. Students are expected to have online capability, to attend all class sessions, and to attend a 9-5 study session on Saturday, November 23.

This Course is designed as an accelerated pre-license course to prepare you for the Oregon Real Estate Brokers’ License Exam and is the fastest way to qualify to take the exam. This 150-hour class has most course content online. Students are expected to have online capability, to attend all class sessions, and to attend a 9-5 study session on Saturday, November 23.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, Oregon 97321

Thursday 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019
CRN: 27221
Instructor: Melinda Short and Bruce Hohensee
Location: Corvallis Foundry
Fees: $49

A workshop for those thinking about hiring employees. It will cover the whys to hiring, defining expectations, applications, and screening. You will also receive advice on firing employees, and some tips to keep good employees once you have them.

A workshop for those thinking about hiring employees. It will cover the whys to hiring, defining expectations, applications, and screening. You will also receive advice on firing employees, and some tips to keep good employees once you have them.

257 SW Madison Ave Ste 110
Corvallis, OR 97333

Tuesday 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
CRN: 27222
Instructor: Stephen Fuller with Kelly and Gabriel Shields
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-203/205
Fees: $69

As exciting as it can be to create and run your own business, there’s also a great deal of work involved with bringing your vision to life. Marketing your business requires a deep understanding of how to communicate your message and that's where developing a strong brand identity early on comes in. Understanding your brand's identity is a crucial element in creating a powerful and compelling message that attracts the right audience to your business. Join us Sept. 24th at 6:00pm for a startup Branding and Website seminar with Kelly and Gabriel Shields from Be●nu Creative for over two hours covering all the basics of creating and launching your brand’s message, both online and off.

As exciting as it can be to create and run your own business, there’s also a great deal of work involved with bringing your vision to life. Marketing your business requires a deep understanding of how to communicate your message and that's where developing a strong brand identity early on comes in. Understanding your brand's identity is a crucial element in creating a powerful and compelling . . . message that attracts the right audience to your business. Join us Sept. 24th at 6:00pm for a startup Branding and Website seminar with Kelly and Gabriel Shields from Be●nu Creative for over two hours covering all the basics of creating and launching your brand’s message, both online and off.
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, Oregon 97321

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

October 2, 2019 - October 2, 2019
CRN: 20394
Instructor: Marlene Peterson
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Lebanon Center, Room LCX-103
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

44 Industrial Way
Lebanon, OR 97355

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

October 8, 2019 - October 8, 2019
CRN: 26750
Instructor: Anne Whittington
Location: Philomath Public Library
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

1050 Applegate St
Philomath, OR 97370

Tuesday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

October 8, 2019 - October 15, 2019
CRN: 22828
Instructor: Jackie Shaw
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Forum, Room F-202
Fees: $89

This course is for those who have no previous experience using a computer-based accounting system. In a computer lab, you will learn to open the Quickbooks application and to maneuver throughout its various functions.

This course is for those who have no previous experience using a computer-based accounting system. In a computer lab, you will learn to open the Quickbooks application and to maneuver throughout its various functions.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

October 8, 2019 - October 8, 2019
CRN: 27224
Instructor: Stephen Fuller with Lindsay Malachowski
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-203/205
Fees: $69

Thinking of starting a new business? There are a multitude of legal issues to think about when it comes to starting your business. Come listen to local attorney Lindsay Malachowski cover several legal topics. You will learn about business structure, how to register your business, employee policies, limiting your liability, how to protect your company secrets, and more.

Thinking of starting a new business? There are a multitude of legal issues to think about when it comes to starting your business. Come listen to local attorney Lindsay Malachowski cover several legal topics. You will learn about business structure, how to register your business, employee policies, limiting your liability, how to protect your company secrets, and more.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 8, 2019 - October 8, 2019
CRN: 27225
Instructor: George Medellin and Marlene Peterson
Location: MBVA
Fees: $25

This course gives you a 360-degree view on your business. This will help you make sure that you don't leave anything out when deciding on what to focus on next. The Screening covers four areas of business: business concept, organization, operations, and customer relations. You will leave this course with clear ACTION STEPS to take for your business.

This course gives you a 360-degree view on your business. This will help you make sure that you don't leave anything out when deciding on what to focus on next. The Screening covers four areas of business: business concept, organization, operations, and customer relations. You will leave this course with clear ACTION STEPS to take for your business.

550 S Main
Lebanon, OR 97355

Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

October 10, 2019 - October 10, 2019
CRN: 27235
Instructor: Anielis Raas
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-210
Fees: $49

En este seminario veremos los esenciales de ventas, cómo desarrollar una lista de prospectos, qué materiales preparar para presentar el producto/servicio y qué prácticas incorporar para hacer del proceso algo más natural. Usted saldrá de este seminario con un plan de acción en ventas para su producto/servicio.

En este seminario veremos los esenciales de ventas, cómo desarrollar una lista de prospectos, qué materiales preparar para presentar el producto/servicio y qué prácticas incorporar para hacer del proceso algo más natural. Usted saldrá de este seminario con un plan de acción en ventas para su producto/servicio.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

October 15, 2019 - October 15, 2019
CRN: 26751
Instructor: Anne Whittington
Location: Corvallis Foundry
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

257 SW Madison Ave Ste 113
Corvallis, OR 97333

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 16, 2019 - November 20, 2019
CRN: 27237
Instructor: Anielis Raas
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-210
Fees: $135

En esta serie de 6 semanas desarrollaremos un plan de negocio para su producto/servicio que le servirá como guía para su emprendimiento, traeremos expertos en diferentes áreas para que usted adapte esa información a su producto/servicio.

En esta serie de 6 semanas desarrollaremos un plan de negocio para su producto/servicio que le servirá como guía para su emprendimiento, traeremos expertos en diferentes áreas para que usted adapte esa información a su producto/servicio.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 17, 2019 - November 7, 2019
CRN: 27236
Instructor: Anielis Raas
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-213
Fees:

En esta serie de 4 sesiones veremos los básicos del mercadeo y las herramientas disponibles para utilizar medios digitales eficientemente, incluyendo redes sociales, páginas web, boletines, etc. En esta serie estableceremos un plan de mercadeo digital exclusivo para su producto/servicio.

En esta serie de 4 sesiones veremos los básicos del mercadeo y las herramientas disponibles para utilizar medios digitales eficientemente, incluyendo redes sociales, páginas web, boletines, etc. En esta serie estableceremos un plan de mercadeo digital exclusivo para su producto/servicio.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

October 22, 2019 - October 22, 2019
CRN: 26752
Instructor: Melinda Short
Location: Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
Fees:

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

435 W 1st St
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 22, 2019 - November 19, 2019
CRN: 26451
Instructor: Jackie Shaw
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Forum, Room F-202
Fees: $219

This course is designed to provide you with the scope of capabilities available in QuickBooks. You will be introduced to basic functions including chart of accounts, bank reconciliations, financial management glossary, customizing and using reports, and more. Previous exposure to computer-based accounting is recommended.

This course is designed to provide you with the scope of capabilities available in QuickBooks. You will be introduced to basic functions including chart of accounts, bank reconciliations, financial management glossary, customizing and using reports, and more. Previous exposure to computer-based accounting is recommended.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

October 22, 2019 - November 19, 2019
CRN: 26452
Instructor: Jackie Shaw
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Forum, Room F-202
Fees: $219

This course provides you with advanced skills using QuickBooks. You will be introduced to month-end and year-end closing processes, locating and fixing errors, comparing how QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online function, and more. Pre-qualification includes taking QuickBooks 1 and at least one year of computer-based accounting experience.

This course provides you with advanced skills using QuickBooks. You will be introduced to month-end and year-end closing processes, locating and fixing errors, comparing how QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online function, and more. Pre-qualification includes taking QuickBooks 1 and at least one year of computer-based accounting experience.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

October 29, 2019 - October 29, 2019
CRN: 26753
Instructor: George Medellin
Location: Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce
Fees:

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

1575 Main St
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

November 5, 2019 - November 5, 2019
CRN: 26754
Instructor: Marlene Peterson
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Lebanon Center, Room LCX-103
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

44 Industrial Way
Lebanon, OR 97355

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

November 5, 2019 - November 5, 2019
CRN: 27317
Instructor: George Medellin and Marlene Peterson
Location: Brownsville Public Library
Fees: $25

This course gives you a 360-degree view on your business. This will help you make sure that you don't leave anything out when deciding on what to focus on next. The Screening covers four areas of business: business concept, organization, operations, and customer relations. You will leave this course with clear ACTION STEPS to take for your business.

This course gives you a 360-degree view on your business. This will help you make sure that you don't leave anything out when deciding on what to focus on next. The Screening covers four areas of business: business concept, organization, operations, and customer relations. You will leave this course with clear ACTION STEPS to take for your business.

146 Spaulding Ave
Brownsville, OR 97327

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday -

November 12, 2019 - November 21, 2019
CRN: 21483
Instructor: Joe DeMarzo
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-213
Fees: $329

This course meets the requirements to pass the Oregon Construction Contractors Board education requirements in compliance with ORS 701.280. Instruction includes 80 questions in a practice exam, plus tips on how to best prepare and take the State of Oregon exam. Manual included.

This course meets the requirements to pass the Oregon Construction Contractors Board education requirements in compliance with ORS 701.280. Instruction includes 80 questions in a practice exam, plus tips on how to best prepare and take the State of Oregon exam. Manual included.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

November 12, 2019 - November 12, 2019
CRN: 26755
Instructor: Anne Whittington
Location: Corvallis Foundry
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

257 SW Madison Ave Ste 113
Corvallis, OR 97333

Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

November 14, 2019 - November 14, 2019
CRN: 27319
Instructor: Anielis Raas
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Benton Center, Room BC-246
Fees: Free

Dirigido a emprendedores. En el mismo se presenta información básica sobre lo que se necesita para poner en marcha y ejecutar con éxito una pequeña empresa en Oregón, sus reglas, regulaciones, financiación, comercialización, fijación de precios y sobre todo lo que implica convertirse en propietario de un negocio.

Dirigido a emprendedores. En el mismo se presenta información básica sobre lo que se necesita para poner en marcha y ejecutar con éxito una pequeña empresa en Oregón, sus reglas, regulaciones, financiación, comercialización, fijación de precios y sobre todo lo que implica convertirse en propietario de un negocio.

757 NW Polk
Corvallis, OR 97333

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

November 19, 2019 - November 19, 2019
CRN: 21014
Instructor: Melinda Short
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, Room CC-210
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

December 3, 2019 - December 3, 2019
CRN: 27232
Instructor: Sebastian de Assis
Location: Linn-Benton Community College, Benton Center, Room BC-105
Fees: $49

This workshop envisions helping you set up a roadmap leading to your small business aspirations. You will learn what factors should those over the age of 50 consider when starting a business.

This workshop envisions helping you set up a roadmap leading to your small business aspirations. You will learn what factors should those over the age of 50 consider when starting a business.

757 NW Polk
Corvallis, OR 97333

Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

December 3, 2019 - December 3, 2019
CRN: 26756
Instructor: George Medellin
Location: Brownsville Public Library
Fees: Free

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

In this FREE seminar, you will get basic information needed to begin planning your successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility, and more will all be discussed.

146 Spaulding Ave
Brownsville, OR 97327

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