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The Best Blogs to Follow to Up Your Social Media Marketing Game

If you’re looking to up your small business’s social media game, you’ll need advice from the pros. Instead of haphazardly trying out new tactics, you can do some free research online to learn how to make Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social channels work for you.

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Topics: Small Business

How Creatives Can Harness their Entrepreneurial Spirit and Become Effective Business Owners

Have you ever heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life?” If you’re a creative person, you may have wondered whether you can really make a living doing what you love. The answer is  “yes!” The creative sector is a leader in worldwide economic growth. These days, lots of people are starting their own businesses and are successful at turning their passion into profit. But to become an effective business owner, it’s important to learn the skills required to manage your business effectively.

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Topics: Small Business, Solopreneurship

Key Factors to Starting a Business

As an entrepreneur, there are many considerations in opening a new business. Considerations may include funding, developing of your product or service, marketing including website development, finding the right location for your business or digital storefront, attracting customers/creating sales and many more. Of course, it’s important to also consider challenges related to the psychology of entrepreneurship. Today’s article provides a snapshot of the top five psychological considerations you could experience which can help to reveal some insights and tips for ways to overcome each.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business

The Ins and Outs of Label Requirements for Food Product Distribution and Sales

In the United States, food manufacturers are responsible for the proper labeling of their products. The labels must meet all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other legal requirements, including nutrition information. The labels cannot be misleading or deceptive. Proper labeling, including nutrition and allergen information, is required for most packaged or prepared foods.

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Topics: Small Business, Food

Business Profile: Carmen Farmer Coaching

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


The PCC Small Business Development Center is proud of the great work all of their clients are accomplishing in their businesses. Our Business Profile feature series highlights businesses at all stages of development and success. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles, Starting a Business

How to Get Started Exporting Products Globally for Your Business

It’s believed that 95% of the world’s customers exist outside the United States, and indeed, 70% of the world’s purchasing power exists beyond our borders. Exports have a major impact on the U.S. economy (more than $2 trillion just over five years ago, or nearly 14% of the GDP) and companies that participate in global export are more robust, growing faster while becoming 8.5% less likely to go out of business. You may believe that means only big businesses and corporations can afford that kind of investment, but the truth is, despite the fact that medium and small businesses only represent less than a third of export value, they make up 98% of U.S. exporters.

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Topics: Small Business, Global Trade

Get Your Recipe To Market Success Stories: Kembers

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 23, 2017

Kembers Gluten-Free is a local small business that makes gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free baking mixes and spices. Marilyn Roseburrough used the help of PCC's Get Your Recipe to Market program to make her business a success. For a complete list of where Kembers products are sold and to buy online click here.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food

Business Profile: Timewise PDX

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 20, 2017

Tamara Sanderson Dissanayake, MD found success in her business Timewise PDX with the help of PCC's Small Business Development Center. Tamara shares her story below.

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

Get Your Recipe To Market Success Stories: Pinkletons Curious Caramel Corn

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 18, 2017
Jonathan Poe, creator of Pinkletons Curious Caramel Corn talks about how his product came about and his journey working with the SBDC's Getting Your Recipe to Market program. His product is sold in various cafes and markets around portland. For a complete list of where to find this delicious treat, click here.

Watch the video below to gain insights into: 

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Food

6 Decisions Every New Restaurant Owner Has to Make, and How to Make

It goes without saying that opening a restaurant is a huge commitment. This is especially true for those who have never opened a restaurant before, and are putting all their chips on the table to fulfill a lifelong dream or passion.

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

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