Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Business Design Series was created to help you turn an idea into a business. You probably already know how to "do the thing" (make the widgets, serve the food, etc.) Most people need help designing a business to wrap around the "thing".


Business Design Series is a 3-week program that meets once a week for 2 hours. In order to get the most out of the program, you will need to do work outside of class – about 3-5 hours each week. After the series, you are invited to participate in a Business Launch Pad session where you can discuss your progress, challenges, questions, and successes in a group setting.

Week 1: What business are you in?

•Learn about GrowthWheel and how to use it in the class

•Conduct a personal assessment to determine your business competencies

•Explore ways to articulate key aspects of your business including: Mission, Vision, Core Values, Unique Value Proposition, Business Entities and Budgeting

Week 2: Who are your customers?

•Develop key sales and marketing tools including: Products, Price, Customers, and Market Research

•Create a bare bones budget

•Create a Start-up Expense Sheet

Week 3: How will you organize your business?

•Develop a framework for creating a budget, forecasting sales, and setting up tools for financial accountability

•Begin to develop systems that will drive your business to success

•Create an Action Plan with milestones

Write down the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes to register.
CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
31396 CLIMB Ctr / CLIMB / 307 06:00 PM-08:00 PM W 08-Jul-2015 thru 29-Jul-2015
Instructor: Jarvez D Hall
Tuition: $125.00 Fees: $0.00
32087 CLIMB Ctr / CLIMB / 307 06:00 PM-08:20 PM W 02-Sep-2015 thru 23-Sep-2015
Instructor: Jarvez D Hall
Tuition: $125.00 Fees: $0.00
31397 Willow Creek Center / WCC / 208 06:00 PM-08:00 PM M 03-Aug-2015 thru 24-Aug-2015
Instructor: Analizza D Lambino
Tuition: $125.00 Fees: $0.00