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.
What to Expect.
Attendees explore the history of PCC's SBDC, discover the wealth of new resources at their disposal and learn how to engage with the PCC's SBDC to receive maximum benefit. Attendees will be introduced to the GrowthWheel to discover where their business idea resides on the small business growth chart. The facilitator will offer specific recommendations for each participant and answers questions as they arise. Finally, attendees will be prompted with a set of questions designed to remove the guesswork from determining the next steps required to be successful.
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The following is a quick overview of selected upcoming programming. For a full-list of courses, click here.
Getting Your Recipe to Market.
This 14-week intensive program is designed to provide food entrepreneurs with a solid foundation in business, organizational structure, product development, food safety, packaging, production and distribution. Developed by the SBDC, the Food Innovation Center, and New Seasons Market, this program combines the talents of instructors, business advisors and food professionals for a rich learning environment. Workshop sessions help entrepreneurs navigate the relationship between business planning, product development, and product launch - so that you produce, promote and profit from your recipe/food concept.
Small Business Builder Series.
Learn how to become profitable in the shortest time possible. The Small Business Builder series is a 10-week intensive class that is offered twice a year. This class is for small business owners who are just getting started – from month 1 through the second year of business.
Restaurant Business Builder Series.
Learn how to find the right location, equipment, employees, and inventory to keep your business competitive. Build a network that will provide resources and advice on how to reach your goals, assist you with an action plan, and help you hold yourself accountable. The Restaurant Business Builders program gives you access to a range of subject-matter experts for advice that will save you years of trial and error. Our list of guest speakers includes restaurateurs, legal experts, local health department representatives, marketing professionals, and more.