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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

Business Profile: Bee and Bloom (Making Portland Safe for Pollinators)

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 22, 2018

Taking a holistic approach to improving pollinator health, Emily Parker, Rebekah Golden and Emma Egstad promote sustainable, bee-centric beekeeping and native bee awareness in the Portland area.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

What’s the Difference Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant?

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 08, 2018

When it comes to starting a business, there are few roles as important as your bookkeeper and accountant. Sound bookkeeping and accounting are vital for small businesses to get up and running, and to maintain their financial stability.

Bookkeeping and accounting professionals perform a number of tasks that are essential for your business, including having your books in order, staying in compliance, filing taxes on time and correctly, managing payroll, and more. If you’re considering starting a new business or are already in the beginning stages, you might be concerned that you don’t have the right professional to manage them. Do you need an accountant or a bookkeeper to take on these crucial functions?

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Topics: Small Business

Business Profile: Garnish Apparel

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 18, 2018

Garnish apparel is the brain child of chief designer and store owner Erica Lurie. They are located in the Pearl District of NW Portland, OR and feature "designed in house, made in Portland" fashion apparel for women. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Red Castle Games

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on December 27, 2017

Matthew Micetic opened his new storefront in FoPo JUST IN TIME for the 2017 holiday gift giving season. Matthew is a graduate of PCC's Small Business Development Center Retail Small Business Management Class. Matthew shares his story below.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Business Profile: Chocolates by Bernard

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 16, 2017

La Quita Corbet Martin found success in her business Chocolates by Bernard Lake Oswego with the help of PCC's Small Business Development Center. Here is her story.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Thoughts on Getting Your Recipe to Market from a Graduate

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 15, 2017

Lisa Tran of Tan Tan Cafe & Delicatessen is a former student and was kind enough to share feedback about her experience in the Getting Your Recipe to Market (GYRM) program. We thought it answered a lot of questions a lot of people might have, so we're posting her responses for you to read as well!

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Topics: Small Business, Food, Getting Your Recipe to Market

Encore Entrepreneur: Jackie Babicky Peterson

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 06, 2017

Article originally posted on AARP Oregon on June 1, 2017.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Jackie Peterson is Leading the Way in Encore Entrepreneurship

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 11, 2017

What is encore entrepreneurship?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will soon. Encore entrepreneurship is on the rise!

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Business Profile: The Green Schoolhouse

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 31, 2017

Lauren Rosenstein is the owner of The Green Schoolhouse. Lauren tells her story of working with the PCC Small Business Development Center below.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Meet Your Instructor: Interior Design/Space Planning Expert

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 28, 2017

Sam F. Taylor, IV, A.S.I.D. is a guest instructor in Restaurant Business Builders in the session "Designing Your Restaurant and Kitchen," in which he will be sharing his expertise of over 35 years in designing and planning spaces in the hospitality industry. 

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Starting a Business, Food, Restaurants