<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1721686861413852&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

PCC Small Business Development Center

The Portland Community College Small Business Development Center has helped thousands of businesses over the past 30 years. We combine one-on- one advising with programs taught by business experts to give our clients the resources they need to grow their businesses.

Recent Posts

SBDC - Three Locations Where You Can Attend an SBDC Orientation this December

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 30, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help turn  business ideas into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

Read More

Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Meet Your Advisor: Dr. Sean Harry

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 26, 2018

Dr. Sean Harry is a Senior Advisor and Instructor who has worked with the PCC Small Business Development Center for over seven years. Each year he helps more than 150 small business owners turn their dreams into reality. Sean works with businesses at every stage of the small business growth curve, from start-up to mature businesses with more than $10m in sales. 

Read More

Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team

How is your business doing? Represent Oregon in the 2018 Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 20, 2018

How can we better inform Federal policy makers about the needs of Oregon's small businesses? 

Read More

Prepare for the Holiday Season - 3 Options to Support Neighborhood Businesses During Small Business Saturday - November 24

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 16, 2018

As the nation prepares for the holiday retail season, Small Business Saturday is a unique campaign to remember businesses with the most direct connection to people across the Portland Metro region – your neighborhood small business.

Read More

Instructor Spotlight: Terry Long

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 30, 2018

After spending 30 years in the banking and financial services industry, SBDC Advisor and Instructor Terry Long shares his expertise to help small business owners set up, understand and utilize their financial information to build a successful business. Here is his story. . .  

Why do you teach & advise? I get great fulfillment when working with Small Business Owners in assisting them with their passion and dreams of taking on this exciting adventure in achieving a successful and profitable business.

Read More

Topics: Small Business, small business builders, Finance, Growing a Business, Starting a Business

Business Profile: Sasha Scamarone, L.Ac.

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 30, 2018


Sasha Scamarone is a board-certified acupuncturist licensed in the state of Oregon and is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Sasha runs an acupuncture practice out of the Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy office in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  In 2017 she participated in the PCC SBDC Small Business Builders Program.

What inspired you to start your business? I have a strong desire to make a professional living doing what I love – helping people overcome health challenges and achieve optimal health with acupuncture and other Chinese medicine therapies. I had already gained significant clinical experience working in a variety of clinical settings as an intern, employee and independent contractor, but I increasingly wanted to create a business that was uniquely my own. My business coach at the SBDC has been a steadfast and encouraging inspiration in helping me to realize this dream.

Read More

Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, small business builders, business builders

SBDC - Grow Your Business Growth FAST! Learn How with an SBDC Orientation

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 10, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help you turn your business idea into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

Read More

Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Instructor Spotlight: David Kohl, Global Trade Liaison

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on September 30, 2018

Global Trade Liaison, David Kohl, enjoys working with a wide range of businesses to assist them in understanding the opportunities and challenges related to global trade. He feels gratified when facilitating an increased perspective that leads to business success both domestically AND internationally. Here is his story. . . 

Read More

Topics: Small Business, International trade, Global Trade

Instructor Spotlight: Jackie Babicky Peterson

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 31, 2018

Jackie Babicky Peterson is a strategic adviser to small businesses at Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Her clients are interested in making a living doing what they love. Her most recent project is a book titled, "Age is Opportunity," and capitalizes on her energetic approach to equip SBDC clients with the ability to combine their small business ideas with decades of professional experience into a plan to become successful business owners later in life. 

Read More

Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship, Solopreneurship

Business Profile: Courtney Freed - Freed Entertainment

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 30, 2018

Courtney Freed runs a production company in the Portland area and is a graduate of the PCC SBDC Solo Business Builders program. She is launching a production company that helps solo performers take their show on the road. Her current project is a one-woman show called Mercury Rising.

What is Mercury Rising? It’s a Freddie Mercury jazz tribute show and it celebrates his music. It’s a 1930s cabaret event, and it's super fun! We're doing a tour in the fall of 2018, going to Chicago in October and hopefully Los Angeles in the winter and we'll hopefully do another run of it here in Portland.

Read More

Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Solopreneurship

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all