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Entrepreneurs need practical and relevant information to grow their businesses. The Southwestern SBDC offers a Small Business Management course, QuickBooks training, a What’s Your Plan course to help owners develop a business plan, and many more training opportunities.

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Monday -

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Instructor: Miles Phillips Assoc Professor of Tourism & Business Development Oregon Sea Grant/Oregon State University Extension College of Business
Location: Online
Fees: $45

Become a GORP Guide: GUIDE & OUTFITTER RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONAL

GORP GUIDES ARE INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONALS

Adventure travel is an extremely diverse and expanding industry, making guiding and outfitting competitive. The GORP program provides a means for guides to stay current with industry trends through continuing education opportunities.

The content is aligned with the international voluntary best practice standards compiled by guide businesses with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).

*See more information and sign Up for GORP Training at http://gorpguide.org

EXPERIENCED GUIDES AND ASPIRING GUIDES TAKE THE GORP TRAINING PROGRAM!

Guides, Tour Operators and Outfitters, your services are a key component of the tourism & outdoor recreation industry. In 2018, tourism in the state of Oregon was a $12.3 billion industry. Your business provides a valuable contribution to the local economy, the environment, and community social well being! Help your guests to better understand your value to our communities and to develop their passion for the outdoors!

WHAT: GORP is a training program developed to help market guides as professionals and raise the value of guide services to the public.

The program content is organized into four regions: Local, State, National, & Global. The content provides a broad range of knowledge and skills including identification of 101 local species of plants and animals, knowledge of local history, natural resource agencies, tourism organizations, and economic impact, group management, customer service, sustainability, marketing, personal interpretation skills, and more.
Explore a new way of learning and training with the GORP Guide Program. This program supports any existing training and blends online knowledge courses with live skills training. The four core online courses are designed to allow easy customization to any location. The program was developed for and by guides in collaboration with University Extension faculty and tourism industry destination marketing and management organizations.

WHY: The main reason to complete the GORP program is to expand your knowledge and be recognized for your professional knowledge and skills. Recognition in the GORP program differentiates professional guides from less-skilled, less trained, non-professionals. Those that complete the GORP program will be awarded a certification and a package of marketing benefits including; GORP branded shirt, GORP logo vinyl for boat/truck, special listing on the OCVA web site, and other online marketing services. Lastly, the program format is flexible. There is no required days or times each week to complete your coursework. You decide where to fit it into your work schedule.

Become a GORP Guide: GUIDE & OUTFITTER RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONAL GORP GUIDES ARE INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONALS Adventure travel is an extremely diverse and expanding industry, making guiding and outfitting competitive. The GORP program provides a means for guides to stay current with industry trends through continuing education opportunities. The content is aligned with the international . . . voluntary best practice standards compiled by guide businesses with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). *See more information and sign Up for GORP Training at http://gorpguide.org EXPERIENCED GUIDES AND ASPIRING GUIDES TAKE THE GORP TRAINING PROGRAM! Guides, Tour Operators and Outfitters, your services are a key component of the tourism & outdoor recreation industry. In 2018, tourism in the state of Oregon was a $12.3 billion industry. Your business provides a valuable contribution to the local economy, the environment, and community social well being! Help your guests to better understand your value to our communities and to develop their passion for the outdoors! WHAT: GORP is a training program developed to help market guides as professionals and raise the value of guide services to the public. The program content is organized into four regions: Local, State, National, & Global. The content provides a broad range of knowledge and skills including identification of 101 local species of plants and animals, knowledge of local history, natural resource agencies, tourism organizations, and economic impact, group management, customer service, sustainability, marketing, personal interpretation skills, and more. Explore a new way of learning and training with the GORP Guide Program. This program supports any existing training and blends online knowledge courses with live skills training. The four core online courses are designed to allow easy customization to any location. The program was developed for and by guides in collaboration with University Extension faculty and tourism industry destination marketing and management organizations. WHY: The main reason to complete the GORP program is to expand your knowledge and be recognized for your professional knowledge and skills. Recognition in the GORP program differentiates professional guides from less-skilled, less trained, non-professionals. Those that complete the GORP program will be awarded a certification and a package of marketing benefits including; GORP branded shirt, GORP logo vinyl for boat/truck, special listing on the OCVA web site, and other online marketing services. Lastly, the program format is flexible. There is no required days or times each week to complete your coursework. You decide where to fit it into your work schedule.

Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

March 17, 2020 - March 17, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Reedsport Community Center
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Are you as profitable as you could be? Learn ways that you can increase your profitability by reviewing your business model using a simple business model canvas. This simple tool will identify how you make your money, where your costs lie, identify key resources and partners and much more!

Are you as profitable as you could be? Learn ways that you can increase your profitability by reviewing your business model using a simple business model canvas. This simple tool will identify how you make your money, where your costs lie, identify key resources and partners and much more!

451 Winchester Ave
Reedsport, OR 97467

Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

March 19, 2020 - March 19, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Newmark Center - SBDC Office
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Are you as profitable as you could be? Learn ways that you can increase your profitability by reviewing your business model using a simple business model canvas. This simple tool will identify how you make your money, where your costs lie, identify key resources and partners and much more!

Are you as profitable as you could be? Learn ways that you can increase your profitability by reviewing your business model using a simple business model canvas. This simple tool will identify how you make your money, where your costs lie, identify key resources and partners and much more!

2110 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

March 24, 2020 - March 24, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: SWOCC Curry Campus (Brookings)
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Are you as profitable as you could be? Learn ways that you can increase your profitability by reviewing your business model using a simple business model canvas. This simple tool will identify how you make your money, where your costs lie, identify key resources and partners and much more!

Are you as profitable as you could be? Learn ways that you can increase your profitability by reviewing your business model using a simple business model canvas. This simple tool will identify how you make your money, where your costs lie, identify key resources and partners and much more!

96082 Lone Ranch Pkswy.
Brookings, OR 97415

Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

April 16, 2020 - April 16, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Newmark Center - SBDC Office
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

All businesses can benefit from a marketing plan. However, most small businesses don’t have the time to make a comprehensive plan – or do they? This Learn by Doing class will help you create a one-page marketing plan that can change and adjust as your business does! This plan can be used immediately to help bring customers to your door!

All businesses can benefit from a marketing plan. However, most small businesses don’t have the time to make a comprehensive plan – or do they? This Learn by Doing class will help you create a one-page marketing plan that can change and adjust as your business does! This plan can be used immediately to help bring customers to your door!

2110 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

April 21, 2020 - April 21, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Reedsport Community Center
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

All businesses can benefit from a marketing plan. However, most small businesses don’t have the time to make a comprehensive plan – or do they? This Learn by Doing class will help you create a one-page marketing plan that can change and adjust as your business does! This plan can be used immediately to help bring customers to your door!

All businesses can benefit from a marketing plan. However, most small businesses don’t have the time to make a comprehensive plan – or do they? This Learn by Doing class will help you create a one-page marketing plan that can change and adjust as your business does! This plan can be used immediately to help bring customers to your door!

451 Winchester Ave
Reedsport, OR 97467

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

April 28, 2020 - April 28, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: SWOCC Curry Campus (Brookings)
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

All businesses can benefit from a marketing plan. However, most small businesses don’t have the time to make a comprehensive plan – or do they? This Learn by Doing class will help you create a one-page marketing plan that can change and adjust as your business does! This plan can be used immediately to help bring customers to your door!

All businesses can benefit from a marketing plan. However, most small businesses don’t have the time to make a comprehensive plan – or do they? This Learn by Doing class will help you create a one-page marketing plan that can change and adjust as your business does! This plan can be used immediately to help bring customers to your door!

96082 Lone Ranch Pkswy.
Brookings, OR 97415

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

May 5, 2020 - May 5, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Newmark Center - SBDC Office
Fees: No-Cost, registration is required

Are you ready to start your own business? The Starting Your Own Business course covers important tools and resources needed to establish a solid foundation during a business’s startup.

Are you ready to start your own business? The Starting Your Own Business course covers important tools and resources needed to establish a solid foundation during a business’s startup.

2110 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

May 12, 2020 - May 12, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Umpqua Bank - Bandon
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

Umpqua Bank 1125 Hwy. 101
Bandon, OR 97411

Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

May 19, 2020 - May 19, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Reedsport Community Center
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

451 Winchester Ave
Reedsport, OR 97467

Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

May 21, 2020 - May 21, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Newmark Center - SBDC Office
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

2110 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

May 26, 2020 - May 26, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: SWOCC Curry Campus (Brookings)
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

Cyber criminals can access your laptop, phone, and other equipment to steal your personal or business information. In this Learn by Doing class you will learn the top 10 tips on how to secure your equipment.

96082 Lone Ranch Pkswy.
Brookings, OR 97415

Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

June 9, 2020 - June 9, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Umpqua Bank - Bandon
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

Umpqua Bank 1125 Hwy. 101
Bandon, OR 97411

Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

June 16, 2020 - June 16, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Reedsport Community Center
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

451 Winchester Ave
Reedsport, OR 97467

Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

June 18, 2020 - June 18, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Newmark Center - SBDC Office
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

2110 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

June 23, 2020 - June 23, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: SWOCC Curry Campus (Brookings)
Fees: No-cost, registration is required

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

We all know that having a social media page is vital to small business success. However, we don’t always keep it up the way we should, and it gets out of date. In this Learn by Doing class we will give you ways to keep your Facebook (or any social media page) up to date with only a small amount of time commitment per week.

96082 Lone Ranch Pkswy.
Brookings, OR 97415

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

September 8, 2020 - September 8, 2020
Instructor: Dr. John Bacon, SWOCC SBDC Executive Director
Location: Newmark Center - Room 101
Fees: No-Cost, registration is required

Are you ready to start your own business? The Starting Your Own Business course covers important tools and resources needed to establish a solid foundation during a business’s startup.

Are you ready to start your own business? The Starting Your Own Business course covers important tools and resources needed to establish a solid foundation during a business’s startup.

2110 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420

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