Small Business Development Center
first aid COVID-19 Impact: The PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center is Open for Business
Classes are moving online due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re now providing 1:1 business advising virtually, and the majority of our upcoming training will be provided online. Review this blog to learn how Oregon business may prepare for disruptions caused by COVID-19. To get in touch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 971-722-5080. We are here to be of service to you and your business. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. For more information on PCC’s college-wide response, visit: pcc.edu/coronavirus
Updated 4/27/2020 4:40pm
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The Oregon Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College is adjusting to the unprecedented economic challenge created by the Coronavirus pandemic and COIVD-19. PCC SBDC is now offering all no-cost advising and programming remotely. Our center has helped thousands of business owners in the Portland, OR metro region over the last 35+ years. We combine one-on-one business advising with training programs taught by business experts, giving small business clients the resources they need to grow. We’ve celebrated many successes with clients at all stages of business development. We encourage you to attend our no-cost Intro to SBDC orientation to discover educational opportunities and to create a plan for action to guide your business journey.
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The PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center is open for business! Discover remote resources for small business.
Managing Your Business
Keep your business growing through adversity by making the right decisions. Maintain your competitive edge through innovation. Courses now offered online.
Grow and Start Your Business
Start your business on the right track, from refining your entrepreneurial idea to stabilizing your business for growth. Courses now offered online.
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From the SBDC Blog
- Client Success Story: Meegan Gregg and the Backbody Project
- Tue, 19 May 2020
Meegan Gregg started Backbody Project in 2016 to meet her own personal workout needs. The business grew and she was ready to lease her own space until Covid-19 hit in March, throwing a curveball her direction. Taking her business online (reluctantly) has proven to be a tremendous success. April was one of her strongest months ever! This is her story...
- How to Work With Small Retailers During A Global Pandemic. Adviser Spotlight on Celeste Sipes
- Tue, 28 Apr 2020
Celeste Sipes joined the PCC SBDC team in February of 2020 -- Just in time for a global pandemic to hit Portland that has dramatically influenced small retail businesses. But Celeste, who also owns a successful online retail business, is up to the challenge! These are indeed difficult times for brick and mortar retailers who are trying to figure out how to continue to operate without the normal flow of physical customers. Below is the story of how Celeste is able to provide a sense of sanity in a time of upheaval.
- New Round of PPP Is Coming. Are You Ready?
- Wed, 22 Apr 2020
The SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program ran out of funds just 2 weeks after they were rolled out. The PPP and the EIDL are the two primary programs designed to help businesses suffering hardships due to coronavirus. Congress is expected to allocate additional funds for these two programs with an emphasis on the PPP which is designed to help the greatest number of small businesses. [More on the latest funding legislation.]
If you have not already received PPP funding and need to apply, here are a few important things to consider in this process.
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