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

Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

April 3, 2020 - April 3, 2020
CRN: 26197
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: Online via 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
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Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

April 9, 2020 - June 11, 2020
CRN: 22631
Instructor: Kim Allchurch Flick
Location: Online via Zoom
Fees: $799

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Perhaps you are retired or you have been laid off, and you're looking for some extra income or something to keep you busy.
Start your business off on the right foot! Learn how to become profitable in the shortest time possible.
Entrepreneurship is on the rise for people like you. Never before has it been easier for 50+ individuals to monetize their knowledge, skills, and experience into a rewarding small business.

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. Entrepreneurs need a different business model. Learn about the Waterbug Model and how to build a network of Entrepreneurs, 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Perhaps you are retired or you have been laid off, and you're looking for some extra income or something to keep you busy. Start your business off on the right foot! Learn how to become profitable in the shortest time possible. Entrepreneurship is on the rise for people like you. Never before has it been easier for 50+ individuals to monetize . . . their knowledge, skills, and experience into a rewarding small business. 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. Entrepreneurs need a different business model. Learn about the Waterbug Model and how to build a network of Entrepreneurs, 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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
,

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

April 22, 2020 - April 22, 2020
CRN: 26199
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: Online via 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
,

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

April 23, 2020 - April 23, 2020
CRN: 27251
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
Fees: 189.00

For Exporters: Selling to Customers Outside the United States.
How to identify best markets for your product; how to identify best partners; what regulations and/or certification is necessary including product modification; resources available to assist; how to protect your product in a market outside the U.S.; E-Commerce method of sale, including website modification; and how to best exit a distributor agreement.

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.

For Exporters: Selling to Customers Outside the United States. How to identify best markets for your product; how to identify best partners; what regulations and/or certification is necessary including product modification; resources available to assist; how to protect your product in a market outside the U.S.; E-Commerce method of sale, including website modification; and how to best exit a . . . distributor agreement. 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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

April 23, 2020 - May 28, 2020
CRN: 27258
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

April 30, 2020 - April 30, 2020
CRN: 27253
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

May 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020
CRN: 26197
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: Online via 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
,

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

May 7, 2020 - May 28, 2020
CRN: 21025
Instructor: Jackie Babicky-Peterson
Location: Online via 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
,

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

May 7, 2020 - May 7, 2020
CRN: 27254
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

May 14, 2020 - May 14, 2020
CRN: 26198
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: Online via 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
,

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

May 14, 2020 - May 14, 2020
CRN: 27255
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

May 21, 2020 - May 21, 2020
CRN: 27256
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

May 26, 2020 - May 26, 2020
CRN: 26200
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: Online via 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.

NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.

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. NOTE:  Following the request of the Governor and the guidelines of Portland Community College the PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center will be offering the spring business training programs via Zoom technology.  You will receive information by email on how to join the online training once you reserve your seat in a program.
Online via Zoom
,

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

May 27, 2020 - June 17, 2020
CRN: 21383
Instructor: Jackie Babicky-Peterson
Location: PCC CLIMB Center
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.
1626 SE Water Avenue,
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

May 28, 2020 - May 28, 2020
CRN: 27257
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Monday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

June 1, 2020 - June 1, 2020
CRN: 24754
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: PCC CLIMB Center
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.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

June 11, 2020 - June 11, 2020
CRN: 26198
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: SE Campus
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.
2305 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216

Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

June 11, 2020 - June 11, 2020
CRN: 27259
Instructor: Warren Banks
Location: CLIMB Center room 307
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?

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?
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

June 17, 2020 - June 17, 2020
CRN: 26197
Instructor: Yevette Johnson
Location: PCC Cascade Campus
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.
705 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217

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

June 23, 2020 - July 30, 2020
CRN: TBA
Instructor: Jill Beaman
Location: PCC CLIMB Center
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.
1626 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

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

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