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The Portland Community College (PCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Global Trade Centers are part of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN). The Oregon Small Business Development Network was launched in 1983 and is part of a national network of Small Business Development Centers. The PCC SBDC and Global Trade Center teams work with businesses in every industry and at every stage of growth from start-ups to well-established companies, from one employee to 100+ employees. In addition to no-cost confidential advising with experienced business advisors, we offer training that covers a wide range of business topics and resources to help your business start, reopen, recover and become resilient.
Our team has supported over 600 small businesses since March of this year. Due to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus we have developed specific and easy to use tools, resource links, access to expert advisors and simple training. Explore our Adversity Response below to understand how we’re assisting small business owners who are starting or pivoting, reopening, recovering and working toward resilience.
The Oregon Small Business Development Centers are partially funded by the US Small Business Administration and the Oregon Business Development Department.
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From the SBDC Blog
- Client Success Story: Robert Greenup Baka Umai
- Tue, 31 Aug 2021
2019 graduate of the PCC SBDC Restaurant Builders program, Robert Greenup, has been obsessed with Ramen since he was a child. When he made a trip to Japan to visit family, he experienced delicious Mutekia Tonkotsu Ramen and spent the next year feverishly trying to replicate it. After that he decided to begin making his own noodles. One thing led to another and his restaurant Baka Umai (Japanese for "stupid delicious") was born. This is Robert's story.
- Client Success Story: Leo Ochoa & Dorsum Tech
- Thu, 26 Aug 2021
Working as a wildland firefighter, SBDC client Leo Ochoa learned firsthand about back pain and how it hampered the work he did. That experience led him to design and manufacture spine-centric personal body support. In 2019 DorsumTech launched a Kickstarter campaign and receive its first orders. Manufacturing during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, but now all the parts are coming together and DosrumTech is finally able to ship off their first round of products. This is Leo's story.
- Client Success Story: Chris Pero perodesign
- Wed, 28 Jul 2021
SBDC client Chris Pero (perodesign) is a premier art sourcing studio with many options for your art needs. They offer a wide variety of options that include custom picture framing, 3 dimensional wall artwork, concept design, layouts, art procurement, project management, art installation, finishing (such as printing on surfaces such as acrylic, canvas, metal), and more. This is Chris' story.
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