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Why Your Retail Business Needs to be Online THIS Holiday Season

Small business owners have avoided making real strides into developing a proper online presence because of uncertainty about how to design their website or use social media in a meaningful way for their business.

But, you can't afford to think that way--especially THIS holiday season!

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business

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.

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Make More Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 2


Holiday season is quickly approaching, and for many retail businesses this time of year has the potential to make or break the entire year financially. It’s vital to start preparing as early as possible, so you don’t leave any potential sales or revenue on the table after the holidays are over. 

Holiday sales make up about 18 percent of overall annual retail sales, and in 2016 those numbers are  expected to grow around 3.7 percent. Combine this with recent evidence that a growing majority of American consumers favor buying and shopping local, and it’s no wonder holiday craft fairs have seen a boom in recent years.

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Topics: Small Business, Growing a Business, Starting a Business, Retail

Awesome Opportunity for Coffee Cart in Hillsboro

Posted by Sean Harry on November 07, 2018


The Portland Community College Willow Creek Center is seeking Informal Requests for Proposals for: Coffee Cart at Willow Creek Center

The College is seeking informal competitive proposals for an indoor coffee cart at the Willow Creek Center located at 241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton, OR 97006. This is a 100,000 square-foot educational center and serves as a one-stop destination for customers of Washington County Workforce Development as well as those wishing to take classes from PCC. Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology also offer classes at the center.

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Topics: Coffee, Small Business

Make More Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 1

The Holidays are such an important time of year for small businesses. For many, especially in retail, the Holidays may make or break the entire financial year. Craft fairs and holiday markets have become popular among both consumers and small businesses during this time. But are businesses doing all they can to maximize their retail sales from holiday markets?

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Topics: Small Business, Growing a Business, Starting a Business, Management, Leadership, Retail

Dental Schools, Organized Dentistry Work to Address Shortage of Dental Assistants

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 02, 2018

The following post was written by Melody Finnemore and originally published by the Oregon Dental Association. It features IHP's Professional Development and Dental Health Education Coordinator Stacy Bone and is republished here with permission from the ODA. 

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Topics: dental assisting, institute for health professionals, Healthcare

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. . . 

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Topics: Small Business, International trade, Global Trade

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