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Oregon Department of Transportation


Small Business Management

Recent graduates say:

"The ODOT SBM program inspired me to focus on developing my business in meaningful ways."

"I credit the business advising sessions with taking the classroom discussion to tangible outcomes specifically affecting my business."

"This class has helped me understand better some of the key components and challenges for a small business and ways to address and handle them. The information and knowledge I have gained has given me more confidence in my business dealings because I have a much better understanding of the basics and a better footing to move forward on and make my business grow."

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will again sponsor Small Business Management (SBM)  at the Small Business Development Center.

The SBM class at the CLIMB Center for Advancement at Portland Community College meets the 2nd Wednesday* of each month, starting October 14, 2015 and continues through June 8, 2016. Class will meet from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the SBDC classroom (Room 307) at the CLIMB Center located at 1626 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR (across from OMSI).

*The November class will be on the 3rd Wednesday as PCC is closed on 11/11/15 for Veterans Day.

Each 3-hour class will be devoted to small business management topics and peer group discussion. We also plan to have presentations by ODOT and other public agencies about topics related to working with such agencies. Please note that this program is not designed to provide participants with contracts from the agencies themselves. Rather, Small Business Management is a foundational program to help you build a stronger business.

In addition to class sessions, each business will be eligible to receive up to 2 hours of one-on-one confidential business advising per month from an experienced advisor at the Center.


Your company must be

  • certified by OMWESB as an Emerging Small Business (ESB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).


The primary work performed by the business is

  • related to highway, road, and bridge construction, or
  • commercial/residential construction which would translate into ODOT-related work, or
  • an architectural, engineering or professional/technical company that performs transportation-related consulting or other services which support ODOT's mission

Normally, the Small Business Management program costs up to $1,700, but the agreement with ODOT will reduce your tuition to only $200! A second person from your business can attend for only $150.

Acceptance in to the program is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to the first 16 eligible firms who meet the criteria and complete the application process, including the documents required to reserve a seat in the program. The deadline for applying is Monday, September 28, and you will need to complete the application process by providing additional required documents to reserve your seat in the program by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 30.

  • You can download the application form here (the application is required). (Link opens in a new window)

  • Download the scheduled dates and preliminary session topics here. The order of the topics to be presented are subject to change, based on instructor/presenter availability. (Link opens in a new window)

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