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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.

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SBDC Client Success Story: Remote.ly Launches in North Portland Mississippi District

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 30, 2019

 

The PCC SBDC Capital Access Team helped Oliver Alexander launch his dream business (Remote.ly) in the trendy N. Mississippi Avenue district of Portland. Oliver was finding it difficult to secure and finance a Class A commercial lease until he started working with Tammy Marquez-Oldham (PCC SBDC Director) and Noah Brockman (CAT Team Lead) who were able to connect him with the right people to help get his business off the ground in Portland, Oregon

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Tips to Run A Restaurant More Efficiently, from Restaurant Business Builders

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 20, 2019

Restaurant Business Builders is our once-per-year course created specifically for current or aspiring restauranteurs. It doesn't matter if you have a brick and mortar location, or a food truck, or are currently in the planning stage. The fundamental restaurant-centric business practices applied in this program, and curated with the support of Portland foodie experts, will help restauranteurs improve business practices, identify efficiencies and avoid trial and error - while developing support from a network of mentors and peers. Restaurant Business Builders is accepting participants for the next program, beginning in April. To commemorate, we're assembling content from several blogs that our experts have produced over the years:

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Topics: Small Business, CLIMB Center, Restaurants

Business Profile: Deepak Saxena and His DesiPDX Food Cart

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 27, 2019

 

DesiPDX is a food cart located in Portland’s Mississippi district serving food inspired by Indian spices and flavors that are blended with cooking styles from the West and other parts of the world. OR as Deepak calls it "Local Fare with Indian Flair!" 

Deepak participated in the PCC Small Business Development Center Restaurant Business Builders program. This is his story...

What inspired you to start your business? I’ve had a passion for cooking for about 20 years and was interested in turning that into a business when I started getting bored [with] my previous career in the tech industry. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Restaurants, Food Cart

Advisor Spotlight: Warren Banks - Global Trade Specialist

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on February 20, 2019

Warren Banks has been with the PCC Small Business Development Center for nine years. He currently is the lead instructor and advisor for the Global Trade Management program. (Click on the link below to review upcoming course dates)

Why do you teach & advise? I love to learn about companies and help them get to where they want to be. In general, I’m one of those people who want to help others--I think most people are. By helping others, I feel that I am paying it forward. When I help out these business owners and employees, I get to share some of the many resources I’ve found over the years.

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Topics: Small Business, Global Trade, International trade, Importing, Imports, Exporting, Exports

Introduction to Retail Small Business Management

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 24, 2019

How will you drive your retail business growth this year?

That’s a question facing all retail business owners - and a problem we help to solve for small businesses registered in the Retail Small Business Management program.

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Topics: Small Business, CLIMB Center, Retail Small Business Management

Business Profile: Nikki Guerrero (Hot Mama Salsa) Wins Good Food Award

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 23, 2019


Hot Mama Salsa's Chilly Oils won a Good Food award in January 2019.

Nikki Guerrero started the Hot Mama Salsa business when she moved to Portland and realized she could not find the fresh Mexican flavors she had grown up with. Nikki participated in the PCC SBDC Advanced Small Business Management program in 2017.  This is her story. 

 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Advanced Small Business Management =

Meet Our Newest Advisor: Kim Allchurch-Flick

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

Kim Allchurch-Flick begins her work with the PCC Small Business Develop Center in January 2019. She will be the cohort lead for the Encore & Solo Business Builders Program.

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team, Solopreneurship, Encore Entrepreneurship

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.

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

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. 

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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? 

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