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Build a Profitable and Rewarding Small Business
The Oregon Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College 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. At orientation, you will:
- Identify where your business is on the small business growth curve
- Discover education opportunities, advising services, and other resources available to you
- Create a plan for action to guide your next steps in your business journey
Starting a New Business
Start your business on the right track, from refining your entrepreneurial idea to stabilizing your business for growth.
Managing Your Established Business
Keep your business growing by making the right decisions. Maintain your competitive edge through innovation.
SBDC Course Schedule
From the SBDC Blog
- Company Culture Is More Than a Mission Statement
- Thu, 21 Jun 2018
We get it, not all companies can be Google, offering complimentary laundry services, haircuts, gourmet meals, nap pods, swimming pools... We can go on but you get the idea. Google discovered early on that a happy employee is a productive employee. When you can hold on to great employees, it means less time and money spent on recruitment and training. And keeping those employees happy? That will translate to your bottom line. Read on to discover why company culture is MUCH more than just a mission statement.
- 10 Reasons It’s Great to Be an Entrepreneur!
- Tue, 19 Jun 2018
There’s something exciting about starting your own business, especially if it’s something you’re truly passionate about. Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of the American economy, and many people rely on small businesses to provide the goods and services they need, as well as to create jobs for the local economy.
That’s the precise reason that we celebrate National Entrepreneur Week, because it celebrates the benefits of being an entrepreneur. There are numerous reasons it's great to be an entrepreneur, and that’s why we’re celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week. Below we’ll discuss the top ten reasons why being an entrepreneur is so great:
- Key Factors to Starting a Business
- Tue, 05 Jun 2018
As an entrepreneur, there are many considerations in opening a new business. Considerations may include funding, developing of your product or service, marketing including website development, finding the right location for your business or digital storefront, attracting customers/creating sales and many more. Of course, it’s important to also consider challenges related to the psychology of entrepreneurship. Today’s article provides a snapshot of the top five psychological considerations you could experience which can help to reveal some insights and tips for ways to overcome each.
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