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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: Retail Small Business Management, Small Business, CLIMB Center

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, Encore Entrepreneurship, Solopreneurship, Meet the SBDC Team

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, 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. 

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Topics: Small Business, Meet the SBDC Team

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

Make More Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 2

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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

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, Meet the SBDC Team, Stories & News

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