Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides training and educational programs for business owners. For information, visit our website at www.bizcenter.org or contact the SBDC at 971-722-5080.

How to Work with the Oregon SBDC PCC

Start your entrepreneurial journey at our website: www.BizCenter.org/PCC, and you are on your way!

The first step on your path: attending our New Client Orientation. At BizCenter.org/PCC, click the Orientations tab. Find the Orientation that best fits your location and schedule, then reserve your seat by using the REGISTER for This Event Online feature within the individual listing.

In the Orientation we will help you assess your level of readiness and provide you with access to programs and resources. The Business Development Stages includes: Pre-Start, Start-Up, Pre-Growth, Growth, Maturing and Transition. Each level of learning gets you to a higher level of business and personal development. Step out and enjoy the path to success on the SBDC Business Development Pathway.

New Client Orientation and Business Advising


Don't have a business idea yet? That's OK. We'll help you find a business idea that capitalizes on your interests, skills, and experiences. Then, we'll help you determine which business concept is best for you to move forward with and start nurturing.

Business Design Series (BDS)
Encore Entrepreneurship: Developing Your Business Concept
Getting Your Recipe to Market (GYRM)

The START-UP Stage

Is your business established, but making little or no money?

Our start-up programs for new businesses are designed to help you achieve your start-up business goals at the pace at which you are ready to embark. Whether you are on a fast track or want to take it slow, our Start-Up Stage programs will fit your life's schedule. With class work, one-on-one advising and peer mentorship, you will learn the skills essential to building a solid business foundation to get your venture started in the right direction toward success.

Small Business Builders Program
ENCORE Solo Business Builders Program
Retail Business Builders


Do you have regular customers and steady income, but are experiencing some chaos due to a lack of systems?

Our Pre-Growth Stage programs are designed to help you build a solid foundation to grow your new business upon.

Hiring Your First Employee - Entrepreneur Skills Series
Ninja Sales Techniques - Entrepreneur Skills Series
Marketing, Marketing - Entrepreneur Skills Series
Better, Smarter, Richer

The GROWTH Stage

Have you developed an attractive business concept and have employees to sell and deliver it?

Our innovative programs for established businesses are designed to help you achieve your business goals through improved management, organization and operation skills. Through class work, one-on-one long-term advising, and peer mentorship you will learn how to develop, maintain, and use effective marketing and management tools, and how to understand and use your financial data.

Retail Small Business Management
Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Exam Prep


Is you business functioning well and you have a competent managment team in place? Wonderful. What's next?

When you are ready to expand your business by adding a location, employees or equipment, or re-invent with additional products or services, our advanced business management programs are designed to help you achieve your business goals. Through class work, one-on-one long-term advising, and peer mentorship you will learn how to implement a plan for sound growth and expansion, and how to understand and use your financial data to maximize your growth potential.


Where do you turn for assistance when the market changes, leading employees leave, or owners exit the business?

At the Oregon SBDC, you are never alone in your business. Leverage the power of a peer network. Our cohort learning model connects you with peers going through the same struggles you are. You'll form powerful bonds and work together to solve problems while you each build your own business. Plus you'll meet with an advisor to help you develop an action plan for your business, focus on growth strategies, work through current challenges, and step back to get an objective view of your business.

WORKSHOPS for Operating Your Business

Operating Your Business workshops offer basic education in specific areas useful to small business owners. These quick workshops will keep you on the road to success.

CCB Contractor Licensing Education - Live Class
CCB Contractor Licensing Education - Home Study