Our Classes

Manage your small business with confidence.

We offer a variety of small business training programs to fit your needs – from just starting out to running an established business with employees.

Each training program includes:

  • Experienced subject-matter experts that cover critical components of running a small business, like understanding financials, managing employees, developing operating procedures, attracting and keeping customers, and more.
  • One-on-one business advising to take what you learned in class and apply it directly to your business.
  • A dynamic cohort-learning environment in which you learn from and network with your peers and develop long-lasting connections.

To learn more, reserve your seat in one of our New Client Orientations.

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?
  • All
  • Classes
  • Business Concept & Product
  • Customer Relations & Branding
  • Operations & Finance
  • Organization & Human Resources
  • Portland SBDC
Select your business cycle
  • All
  • Idea
  • Launch
  • Expansion
  • Renew
  • Exit

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July 7, 2020 - September 15, 2020
CRN: 34507
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick, Jackie Babicky, Terry Long, Sean Harry
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 799

Develop, Start, and Grow your business with confidence.
Are you uncertain about how to develop, start and grow your business during the current economic climate? At the same time do you feel overwhelmed AND excited about your new business?
Business Builders gives you the training, resources and support you need to develop, start and grow a business towards adaptability, resilience, and profitability. Need more information? Sign up using the form on this page to schedule a guided interview for the program.
Through the 10 week program, you will:
Learn how to develop a business model able to innovate and adapt during changing economic conditions
Network with other small business owners and learn solutions to navigating these times
Hear from experts to ensure your company is compliant
Ensure consideration of safety measures for your staff, customers and community are in place
Gain clarity about your business within current market conditions
Learn how to work on your business in an efficient manner
Work and plan one-on-one with a business advisor
Learn from subject-matter experts

Each week we'll bring in subject-matter experts to teach on important areas. Sessions meet weekly for 10-weeks and are 3-hours long. Business Builders is more than just a class. It includes:
-Group learning and networking to discuss challenges, exchange resources, and find solutions with peers
-30 hours of classroom business education with 10 weekly, 3-hour sessions taught by subject-matter experts. Subjects include:

Defining mission, vision, goals
The Business Model Canvas
The Pillars of Marketing
Building Your Brand
Marketing in the age of COVID-19
Understanding Legal Concepts
Bookkeeping and Finance
Pricing is an Art
E-Commerce Sales: Virtual Business Model
Financing Your Business

-Up to 5 hours of one-on-one advising during the 10-month period following Business Builders
-Access to specialty business advisors with a wide range of expertise

Develop, Start, and Grow your business with confidence. Are you uncertain about how to develop, start and grow your business during the current economic climate? At the same time do you feel overwhelmed AND excited about your new business? Business Builders gives you the training, resources and support you need to develop, start and grow a business towards adaptability, resilience, and . . . profitability. Need more information? Sign up using the form on this page to schedule a guided interview for the program. Through the 10 week program, you will: Learn how to develop a business model able to innovate and adapt during changing economic conditions Network with other small business owners and learn solutions to navigating these times Hear from experts to ensure your company is compliant Ensure consideration of safety measures for your staff, customers and community are in place Gain clarity about your business within current market conditions Learn how to work on your business in an efficient manner Work and plan one-on-one with a business advisor Learn from subject-matter experts Each week we'll bring in subject-matter experts to teach on important areas. Sessions meet weekly for 10-weeks and are 3-hours long. Business Builders is more than just a class. It includes: -Group learning and networking to discuss challenges, exchange resources, and find solutions with peers -30 hours of classroom business education with 10 weekly, 3-hour sessions taught by subject-matter experts. Subjects include: Defining mission, vision, goals The Business Model Canvas The Pillars of Marketing Building Your Brand Marketing in the age of COVID-19 Understanding Legal Concepts Bookkeeping and Finance Pricing is an Art E-Commerce Sales: Virtual Business Model Financing Your Business -Up to 5 hours of one-on-one advising during the 10-month period following Business Builders -Access to specialty business advisors with a wide range of expertise

Wednesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

August 26, 2020 - August 26, 2020
CRN: 32851
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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.

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

September 14, 2020 - September 14, 2020
CRN: 32251
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

September 21, 2020 - October 12, 2020
CRN: 41270
Instructor: Jackie Babicky-Peterson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: $125

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 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 to 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.

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 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 to 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.

Tuesday, Thursday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

September 22, 2020 - December 10, 2020
CRN: 42726
Instructor: Jill Beaman
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 1,995.00

A 12-week intensive program designed to provide the food entrepreneur with a solid foundation in business, organizational, and product development, as well as food safety, packaging, production, and distribution. Pre-req: guided phone interview and program application

Developed by the SBDC, the Food Innovation Center, and New Seasons Market, this program combines the talents of our instructors, business advisors and food professionals to provide a rich learning environment; one that creates a foundation for the entrepreneur.

The workshop sessions engage the entrepreneurs in considering the complexity and inter-relationship between business planning, product development, and launching of your product so that you produce, promote and profit from your recipe/food concept as a food entrepreneur.

A 12-week intensive program designed to provide the food entrepreneur with a solid foundation in business, organizational, and product development, as well as food safety, packaging, production, and distribution. Pre-req: guided phone interview and program application Developed by the SBDC, the Food Innovation Center, and New Seasons Market, this program combines the talents of our instructors, . . . business advisors and food professionals to provide a rich learning environment; one that creates a foundation for the entrepreneur. The workshop sessions engage the entrepreneurs in considering the complexity and inter-relationship between business planning, product development, and launching of your product so that you produce, promote and profit from your recipe/food concept as a food entrepreneur.

Tuesday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

September 29, 2020 - September 29, 2020
CRN: 41619
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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.

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 1, 2020 - October 1, 2020
CRN: 46402
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 189

This page is for information purposes only. You cannot register through this page.

For the next available offering of this program please go to Bizcenter.org/PCC and look for the next available start date for this program in Our Classes.

This page is for information purposes only. You cannot register through this page.

For the next available offering of this program please go to Bizcenter.org/PCC and look for the next available start date for this program in Our Classes.

Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October 5, 2020 - December 7, 2020
CRN: 46400
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 799

Develop, Start, and Grow your business with confidence.
Are you uncertain about how to develop, start and grow your business during the current economic climate? At the same time do you feel overwhelmed AND excited about your new business?
Business Builders gives you the training, resources and support you need to develop, start and grow a business towards adaptability, resilience, and profitability. Need more information?
Through the 10 week program, you will:
Learn how to develop a business model able to innovate and adapt during changing economic conditions
Network with other small business owners and learn solutions to navigating these times
Hear from experts to ensure your company is compliant
Ensure consideration of safety measures for your staff, customers and community are in place
Gain clarity about your business within current market conditions
Learn how to work on your business in an efficient manner
Work and plan one-on-one with a business advisor
Learn from subject-matter experts

Each week we'll bring in subject-matter experts to teach on important areas. Sessions meet weekly for 10-weeks and are 3-hours long. Business Builders is more than just a class. It includes:
-Group learning and networking to discuss challenges, exchange resources, and find solutions with peers
-30 hours of classroom business education with 10 weekly, 3-hour sessions taught by subject-matter experts. Subjects include:

Defining mission, vision, goals
The Business Model Canvas
The Pillars of Marketing
Building Your Brand
Marketing in the age of COVID-19
Understanding Legal Concepts
Bookkeeping and Finance
Pricing is an Art
E-Commerce Sales: Virtual Business Model
Financing Your Business

-Up to 5 hours of one-on-one advising during the 10-month period following Business Builders
-Access to specialty business advisors with a wide range of expertise

Or, you became an ENCORE or Solo 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 and Solo 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. Encorepreneurs need a different business model. Learn about the Waterbug Model and how to build a network of Encorepreneurs, and focus on doing what you love. Work smarter, not harder.

Turn your experience into a rewarding small business.

For more information go to: http://bit.ly/Solo-BB.

Develop, Start, and Grow your business with confidence. Are you uncertain about how to develop, start and grow your business during the current economic climate? At the same time do you feel overwhelmed AND excited about your new business? Business Builders gives you the training, resources and support you need to develop, start and grow a business towards adaptability, resilience, and . . . profitability. Need more information? Through the 10 week program, you will: Learn how to develop a business model able to innovate and adapt during changing economic conditions Network with other small business owners and learn solutions to navigating these times Hear from experts to ensure your company is compliant Ensure consideration of safety measures for your staff, customers and community are in place Gain clarity about your business within current market conditions Learn how to work on your business in an efficient manner Work and plan one-on-one with a business advisor Learn from subject-matter experts Each week we'll bring in subject-matter experts to teach on important areas. Sessions meet weekly for 10-weeks and are 3-hours long. Business Builders is more than just a class. It includes: -Group learning and networking to discuss challenges, exchange resources, and find solutions with peers -30 hours of classroom business education with 10 weekly, 3-hour sessions taught by subject-matter experts. Subjects include: Defining mission, vision, goals The Business Model Canvas The Pillars of Marketing Building Your Brand Marketing in the age of COVID-19 Understanding Legal Concepts Bookkeeping and Finance Pricing is an Art E-Commerce Sales: Virtual Business Model Financing Your Business -Up to 5 hours of one-on-one advising during the 10-month period following Business Builders -Access to specialty business advisors with a wide range of expertise Or, you became an ENCORE or Solo 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 and Solo 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. Encorepreneurs need a different business model. Learn about the Waterbug Model and how to build a network of Encorepreneurs, and focus on doing what you love. Work smarter, not harder. Turn your experience into a rewarding small business. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/Solo-BB.

Wednesday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

October 6, 2020 - December 8, 2020
CRN: 44095
Instructor: Leslie Hildula
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 799

Ready to start your own restaurant or run yours more efficiently?Are you wondering how to begin finding staff, buying and managing food inventory, or tracking your cash flow?Want to know how to create additional revenue streams, build a buzz around your brand, and attract more people?Learn how to find the right location, equipment, employees, and inventory to keep your business competitive and your customers coming in and coming back. Build a network that will provide resources and advice on how to reach your goals, assist you with an action plan, and help you hold yourself accountable.The Restaurant Business Builders program gives you access to a range of subject-matter experts for profitable advice that will save you years of trial and error. Our list of guest speakers includes restaurateurs, legal experts, local health department representatives, marketing professionals, and more.Learn more at http://climb.pcc.edu/restaurant-business-builders

Ready to start your own restaurant or run yours more efficiently?Are you wondering how to begin finding staff, buying and managing food inventory, or tracking your cash flow?Want to know how to create additional revenue streams, build a buzz around your brand, and attract more people?Learn how to find the right location, equipment, employees, and inventory to keep your business competitive and . . . your customers coming in and coming back. Build a network that will provide resources and advice on how to reach your goals, assist you with an action plan, and help you hold yourself accountable.The Restaurant Business Builders program gives you access to a range of subject-matter experts for profitable advice that will save you years of trial and error. Our list of guest speakers includes restaurateurs, legal experts, local health department representatives, marketing professionals, and more.Learn more at http://climb.pcc.edu/restaurant-business-builders

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 8, 2020 - November 12, 2020
CRN: 46409
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 899.00

The Global Trade Management Series is ideal for business owners or top-managers wanting to become more familiar with the ins and outs of international trade.

Sign up for the full 6-session Global Trade Management Series for a savings of over 20% off the individual session cost.

Session 1: Global Trade Management - For Exporters 4/23
Session 2: Global Trade Management - Regulation Compliance 4/30
Session 3: Global Trade Management - Trade Finance 5/7
Session 4: Global Trade Management - Supply Chain 5/14
Session 5: Global Trade Management - Legal Aspects 5/21
Session 6: Global Trade Management - Cultural Awareness 5/28

For more information go to: http://bit.ly/IT-SBM

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, and Port of Portland.

The Global Trade Management Series is ideal for business owners or top-managers wanting to become more familiar with the ins and outs of international trade. Sign up for the full 6-session Global Trade Management Series for a savings of over 20% off the individual session cost. Session 1: Global Trade Management - For Exporters 4/23 Session 2: Global Trade Management - Regulation Compliance . . . 4/30 Session 3: Global Trade Management - Trade Finance 5/7 Session 4: Global Trade Management - Supply Chain 5/14 Session 5: Global Trade Management - Legal Aspects 5/21 Session 6: Global Trade Management - Cultural Awareness 5/28 For more information go to: http://bit.ly/IT-SBM 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, and Port of Portland.

Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

October 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020
CRN: 44595
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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.

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 15, 2020 - October 15, 2020
CRN: 46404
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 189.00

Compliance with U.S. Import and Export Regulations
Who is legally responsible for compliance? What government agencies beside BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) are involved? Why is compliance important (fine avoidance and...)? Review of key focus areas; compliance terms; and prohibitions.

The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Compliance with U.S. Import and Export Regulations Who is legally responsible for compliance? What government agencies beside BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) are involved? Why is compliance important (fine avoidance and...)? Review of key focus areas; compliance terms; and prohibitions. The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 20, 2020 - November 10, 2020
CRN: 42660
Instructor: Jackie Babicky-Peterson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: $125

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 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 to 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.

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 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 to 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.

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 22, 2020 - October 22, 2020
CRN: 46405
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 189.00

Getting Paid for Export Sales (Trade Finance)
Among the topics to be covered are: how to make foreign accounts receivable bankable: determining buyer risk; determining country risk; international methods of payment; credit risk management; credit insurers; what does credit insurance cover;; and working capital for the exporter.

The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Getting Paid for Export Sales (Trade Finance) Among the topics to be covered are: how to make foreign accounts receivable bankable: determining buyer risk; determining country risk; international methods of payment; credit risk management; credit insurers; what does credit insurance cover;; and working capital for the exporter. The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or . . . top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

October 27, 2020 - October 27, 2020
CRN: 41619
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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.

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 29, 2020 - October 29, 2020
CRN: 46406
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 189.00

Managing Your Supply Chain
Transportation options; international logistics; elements of a supply chain; supply chain vs global value chain; business components that drive a supply chain function; 2020 INCO Terms and why they are important; IT and information flow; and service providers and selection.

The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Managing Your Supply Chain Transportation options; international logistics; elements of a supply chain; supply chain vs global value chain; business components that drive a supply chain function; 2020 INCO Terms and why they are important; IT and information flow; and service providers and selection. The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

November 5, 2020 - November 5, 2020
CRN: 46407
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 189.00

Legal Aspects of International Business
The role of your attorney; choice of legal entity; direct vs indirect exporting; distributor vs sales representative; leveraging intellectual property; licensing; royalties; contracts; exclusivity; pricing and terms; agreement termination; dispute resolution; tax issues; protection of intellectual property and registration; and compliance with foreign and US laws.

The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Legal Aspects of International Business The role of your attorney; choice of legal entity; direct vs indirect exporting; distributor vs sales representative; leveraging intellectual property; licensing; royalties; contracts; exclusivity; pricing and terms; agreement termination; dispute resolution; tax issues; protection of intellectual property and registration; and compliance with foreign and US . . . laws. The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

November 12, 2020 - November 12, 2020
CRN: 44595
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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.

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

November 12, 2020 - November 12, 2020
CRN: 46408
Instructor: Kim Allchurch-Flick
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 189.00

Cultural Awareness, Understanding & Intelligence
Culture plays major role in international business. You will learn the impact of behavior and understand what counterparts are trying to communicate. And how to develop cultural sensitivity and be aware that differences in perspective exist so that lack of sensitivity doesn't torpedo your sale.

The Global Trade Management program is ideal for business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Cultural Awareness, Understanding & Intelligence Culture plays major role in international business. You will learn the impact of behavior and understand what counterparts are trying to communicate. And how to develop cultural sensitivity and be aware that differences in perspective exist so that lack of sensitivity doesn't torpedo your sale. The Global Trade Management program is ideal for . . . business owners or top-managers 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, and Port of Portland.

Monday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

November 16, 2020 - December 7, 2020
CRN: 46398
Instructor: Jackie Babicky-Peterson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: $125

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 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 to 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.

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 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 to 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.

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

November 24, 2020 - November 24, 2020
CRN: 41619
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

December 7, 2020 - December 7, 2020
CRN: 46120
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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.

Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

December 11, 2020 - December 11, 2020
CRN: 41461
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: ZOOM
Fees: 0

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.

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

December 31, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center
Fees: 189.00

Are you thinking about taking your business into the Global Marketplace? Ready to import or export your products into or out of the U.S.? Find out what's involved, considerations you should make, and get answers to your questions here.

Why might you import? What market considerations are there? What are the various costs of importing? Can what you want to import be imported into the U.S.? Does the item to be imported conflict with any U.S. patents? Quality control issues, costs implications and inspections. Do you have the funding to travel to the source of your import? Any alternative sources? U.S. Customs and compliance. What is your landed price?

For exporters: Why export? What internal factors should you be aware of? How do you do a market assessment? How do you get a product evaluation? What options are available for product distribution? Do you need intellectual property protection? How do you determine the terms of sale? What do you need to know about trade financing?

Note: You cannot sign up through this link. This link is for informational purposes only.
Please return to Our Classes to find the next available date for this program.

Are you thinking about taking your business into the Global Marketplace? Ready to import or export your products into or out of the U.S.? Find out what's involved, considerations you should make, and get answers to your questions here. Why might you import? What market considerations are there? What are the various costs of importing? Can what you want to import be imported into the U.S.? Does the . . . item to be imported conflict with any U.S. patents? Quality control issues, costs implications and inspections. Do you have the funding to travel to the source of your import? Any alternative sources? U.S. Customs and compliance. What is your landed price? For exporters: Why export? What internal factors should you be aware of? How do you do a market assessment? How do you get a product evaluation? What options are available for product distribution? Do you need intellectual property protection? How do you determine the terms of sale? What do you need to know about trade financing? Note: You cannot sign up through this link. This link is for informational purposes only. Please return to Our Classes to find the next available date for this program.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Connect with us today

You’ve got the idea and the business, let us help you take it to the next level.